When you choose your outdoor activities this summer, be sure to choose them wisely! The week of 100+ degree temperatures have brought almost all activities to a virtual standstill. What's worse is that the end is nowhere near in sight as we head forward into the vaunted "dog days" of summer. That being said. There are far too many of us who simply can't stay indoors regardless of the sweltering conditions! I know because I am one of those people. However, it does bear mentioning that caution is the name of the game.
|Amazing Camping Scenery|
Next, it is important to have proper nutrition if you are going to be outside. That means if you will be moving around or anything along those lines, you should definitely consider some carbohydrates! Last time I went hiking I forgot to carb load, and paid the price on the return hike back home. I felt like my energy level nosedived, and I completely hit a wall! Every step required maximum effort, because I forgot that water actually has zero nutritional value. Don't make the same mistake as me, and pay just as much attention to your food intake that you would your hydration.
>One thing I've learned from years as a camper/hiker/outdoors aficionado is that equipment matters. I found that the right pair of pants can save you from countless bruises, bug bites, and scrapes when you are hiking through some tough brush conditions. More importantly, great camping gear can save your life! In colder conditions, winds blowing through sub-par tent fabric can give you a very sleepless, uncomfortable night at best. However, in the worst case scenario you could contract hypothermia because your body would be unable to respond under sedate conditions.
|Summertime hiking at it's finest!|
Finally, I said timing was key. If you are going to be outside it is imperative to pick the right hours to enjoy yourself. Typically the hours of sunlight between 11:00 a.m. and 3 p.m. are strongest in intensity, and U.V. ratings. However, after some experience, I've concluded that during the "hotter months" anytime outside between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. can be physically exhausting and taxing. So, when you decide to put your amazing summertime hiking, or camping plans into action, keep that little tidbit of information in mind. It could really make the difference between an enjoyable experience, or something that you'll decided you'll never do again!