Staying Properly Fueled and Hydrated When Camping in the Heat

Staying Properly Fueled and Hydrated When Camping in the Heat

Everyone expects summer to be warm, but this summer has been one for the books. Already, some areas of the country have hit record high temperatures, leaving people pining for air conditioning or some way to stay cool.

When you’re camping, there are plenty of ways to stay cool – especially when you can enjoy the comfort of an RV.

But, so many people forget how important it is to stay properly fueled and hydrated during these hot summers. You are what you eat (and drink), and if your body isn’t getting what it needs, you could overheat quickly.

So, how can you make sure you’re eating and drinking the right things on your next hot and muggy camping trip?

Drink Up

Obviously, the most important thing you can do is to drink plenty of water. You can never have enough on hot, active days. But, don’t be afraid to get creative with your consumption. Fill milk jugs with water and freeze them. Take them out of the freezer in the morning and you’ll be able to enjoy ice-cold, refreshing water throughout the day as the ice melts.

If you’re feeling thirsty, that means you’re already dehydrated. So, make sure you have more on hand in your RV or at your campsite than just water. If you truly want to stay hydrated when the weather gets hot, try some of the following:

  • Coconut water
  • Sports drinks
  • Fruit smoothies
  • Fresh fruit juice

Ideally, you should look for beverages that offer some kind of nutritional value – especially electrolytes. They can replenish what your body is losing through sweat, making it easier to stay hydrated and healthy.

Foods to Hydrate the Body

It’s never a bad idea to bring along traditional camping fare to your adventure. If you want to roast marshmallows around a fire, you should! But, when the weather is extremely hot, you should also make sure to pack plenty of water-rich foods that will keep you hydrated and fueled properly to have energy throughout the day.

Watermelon, strawberries, cantaloupe, peaches, and oranges are all fantastic options that are filled with water, but also contain plenty of vitamins that will give you energy and keep you feeling full. Thankfully, all of those options are easy to bring along, and will make for a killer fruit salad! Even taking along a peach or an orange on a hike will give you an instant energy boost and keep you from getting dehydrated under the hot sun.

Cucumber, lettuce, zucchini, and celery are also great options that pack a ton of water content. Make a light salad for lunch to cool off instantly and give your body the hydration it needs.

So many people ignore just how much hydration their body needs until it’s too late. When you’re camping in extreme temperatures, staying cool and taking care of your body should be your top priorities.

So, as you prepare for your next trip, keep these hydration suggestions in mind. It’s easy to pack a few extra things (and thankfully, they’re delicious!), and you’ll take comfort in knowing your whole family will be safer and healthier as you combat the heat. 

Jul 26th 2021 Stacey Koziel

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