If you are planning some day trips, adventuring in the heat this summer, consider the following tips to elevate your level of cool.
- Will you be packing a water bladder for your adventure? If yes, don’t wait until just before you leave to fill up the bladder. Fill it up the night before and put it in the fridge (if it’s a long drive to your spot consider putting the water in a cooler on the way over). The water will be cold on your back and refreshing as you sip away. It probably won’t stay cool the whole day, but it’s sure nice for as long as it lasts.
- Bring along a small, insulated lunch bag and put an ice pack inside. Along with it, throw in your sunblock and chapstick (and any snacks that will taste better cold). Reapplying sunblock that has been chilled is a glorious reprieve from the heat compared to applying warm, melty sunblock to your already melty skin.
- Leave a cooler in your car filled with water and other tasty drinks. There is probably no better reward for a hot day spent outdoors than refreshing drinks waiting for you in the car…and then it’s dinner, the next best reward (make sure you have menus in your car so your crew can order food as soon as they get cell service).
Have fun on your summer adventures and be safe. Check out page 3 of Red Cross Talk Spring 2015 for more hiking tips.