Whether it's a heatwave during a family camping trip, planting for wildlife in August, deep sea fishing with the sun is bearing down or those hot September dove hunts, sometimes you just have to face the heat.
You can take several preventative measures to ensure heat emergencies don’t affect you and your family while enjoying or working in the outdoors.
Your best protection against heat emergencies is to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of cold, fresh water and replenish your electrolytes with a Mossy Oak wellness water bottle and fuel supplement, which comes in four refreshing flavors: grape, orange, cherry and lemon-lime. Always avoid drinking alcohol during the hottest part of the day and limit your intake even in the cooler evening hours.
Heat emergencies are caused by too much physical activity in high heat. The problem is many people discover they’ve overexerted themselves after it is too late. The best action to take is no action at all. Rest often in the middle of the day when the temperature is highest, and plan any intense physical activity like hiking or mountain biking for earlier in the day or later in the afternoon.
Pitch your tent in a shady spot. Shade helps keep you out of direct sunlight and allows your body to stay cooler. If you plan to walk or play a sport, do so in a shady area with lots of tree cover.
One of the most common causes of heatstroke is when people lounge in confined, poorly ventilated spaces. Temperatures increase in these areas and can easily put you at risk of a heat emergency. Avoid sitting in your tent or a cramped RV and instead sit outside in the cooler air or with a door or tent flap open.
Take advantage of modern cooling devices. Bring a battery-powered fan or use a cooling neck pillow. Bring a spray bottle and mist your face, neck, chest and limbs often. Misting mimics the body’s natural sweat response to cooling and helps you maintain a safe core temperature. Mission’s innovative cooling technology is offered on products you can use head to toe for a quick cooling effect that lasts for hours.
Loose, light-colored clothing is the best option for hot weather. Loose clothing allows your body to regulate its internal temperature better because sweat can form on your skin and evaporate. Dark clothing draws in heat from the sun, so wear light colors to stay cool.
When you go camping in the summer, make sure you have hot weather boots for your trip. You’ll want the necessary boots for hiking and potential mud, but you want to ensure your feet don’t overheat. Also, bring lightweight sleeping bags and tents with good ventilation for trips in those especially hot summer months. Breathable headwear and vented shirt are necessary for hunting and fishing in the heat, and take advantage of the cooling technology many products offer for beating the heat.
If you are camped near a body of water that is safe to swim in, take a dip. Dip your feet in a bucket of cool water. Be a kid again; go get in the water hose and wet your head. Misting fans are a great option, too.
Pay attention to how you feel and keep drinking water and Mossy Oak Wellness even if you don't think you're thirsty. Don't push too hard, and you can still enjoy time outdoors even when it's hot.