Staying Healthy When Camping In Hot Weather

If you are going camping, you will want to make sure you are ready for whatever weather you may face. This may involve hot weather. Hot weather is often taken for granted, but you must respect it and prepare adequately. You must be aware of what daily temperatures you can expect, what you should wear, how you can keep cool, and what you should not wear, as well as how to keep yourself hydrated.

The first step is to make sure you know what temperatures are likely to be while you are camping. Generally you can find this information on the Internet. be aware that children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to heat. The Internet is generally a better source of weather information than the television, as you can find information specific to your destination at your convenience.

Choose appropriate clothing. You will want to stay cool, so choose breathable clothing–clothing that allows air to flow around you. Cotton can be a good choice, but is less breathable when wet. A better choice is a newer, high tech fabric that wicks moisture away, especially if you are facing intensely hot or wet weather.

Be prepared for the sun. Bring adequate sunscreen. Not only can sunburn be painful but also it could turn out to be dangerous. Sunburn dramatically increases your chances of skin cancer. You should wear sun block even if you don’t see the sun. Remember, just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there.
One of the greatest hot weather risks is dehydration. Combat this by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. It can sneak up on you. Bottled water is a lot less likely to contain bacteria, so you should bring water with you and avoid having to stop and boil it to kill bacteria, etc. You should also avoid alcohol when you’re out in the sun. Alcohol and sunshine combined typically lead to dehydration much faster than either by itself.

When you camp in hot weather, plan according to what type of camping you will do. For the more dedicated, hardcore campers, survival camping is the way to go. It entails setting off into the wilderness with very little beyond their hiking boots. At the other end of the spectrum, recreational vehicle campers basically travel inside their own mobile hotel room. These recreational vehicles (RVs) come fully equipped with just about every possible amenity: their own electricity, heat, and patio furniture, and in some cases, satellite TV. Campers often camp as part of some larger recreational plan, which usually involves activities like hiking, hill walking, climbing, canoeing, mountain biking, swimming, and fishing. In tandem with camping, hiking can either be done as an extended backpacking journey, or as a series of day hikes radiating from a central location where they pitch their tent.

Take your individual health into account when camping in hot weather. Campers come in all ages, abilities, and degrees of ruggedness. If you are truly interested in camping, you must plan ahead and be ready for whatever weather you will face.