Possibly one of the most deadly conditions during the summer for an outdoorsman would be dehydration. Not only does this condition drain the body of needed energy in any situation but it also robs the effected person of the ability to think clearly. So here are some tips and tricks on how to combat dehydration and prevent it from ever becoming a problem.
The first step to dealing with dehydration is to know the warning signs of dehydration. The first is simply an increase in thirst, this is usually just a sign that the body is beginning to become out of balance in water intake and output. This is of course easily remedied by drinking a good amount of water, at least 16 oz. and then continually drinking more water throughout the day. By doing this a person should keep the secondary symptoms of dehydration from ever manifesting. These include dry mouth, dizziness and if not treated an inability to sweat. When the body finally gets to the point where it no longer is able to sweat, the skin of an individual will often times become red and warm to the touch. At this point the first thing that should be done is to get the individual to a shady cool spot. The individual should be given sips of water, giving to much water at a time can cause the person to become ill exacerbating the issue. A way to help the person cool off is to lay a cool moist cloth across their forehead. Keeping the individual taking sips of water and in the shade will help to start the process of rehydrating the body. So keeping the person in the shade and drinking water for an extended period of time is a very good idea. If at any time the individual’s condition worsens or they lose consciousness emergency personnel must be called.
Now that the symptoms are dealt with here are some ways to keep from having to deal with them. First way is to have a large amount of water readily available and quickly accessible while outside and exerting oneself. A great way to do this is with a camel back, one of the best on the market is the Bass Pro Shops® XPS® 2L Hydration Pack. This pack gives the wearer the ability to have water literally on their back, where the weight is easier to take and less likely to be ignored. A great way to keep from getting dehydrated is to simply add ice to the water in the camel back. This keeps the water cool while at the same time helping to cool down the person’s body that is drinking the water. Another great way to keep from becoming dehydrated while working in the yard is to keep a water jug close at hand. These jugs will hold 1 to 10 gallons of water and can easily be kept cool by adding ice or being put in a cooler with ice. A great water jug for setting on a counter or a deck is the Reliance Aqua Tainer™ Water Jug, this 7 gallon jug is easy to move and fill with a large removable valve for easy access and pouring.
Now drinking water is good but another thing to consider is the comfort while working in the yard or outdoors in general. A good way to stay more comfortable and help stay hydrated is to set up a canopy with some shade and perhaps a chair. A good canopy for the heat of the summer is the Bass Pro Shops® Instant Canopies, these canopies can be opened and set up in about five minutes by an individual if need be. The sturdy build means that when staked down properly this canopy will not go flying away.While under the canopy, getting off your feet is often the goal so having a comfortable chair in the shade is always a must. A their that can stand up to the rigors of the summer is the Bass Pro Shops® Big Outdoorsman Lounger Chair, this chair allows a person to lounge while still being outdoors and in the shade. Now that the signs of dehydration and how to keep from having to deal with them have been ironed out as always happy hunting and good luck!