Staying Hydrated in the Arizona Heat
Life in Arizona includes a wide variety of landscapes, activity, and elevations. One thing you can be sure of, however, no matter where you are in Az, is the sun. In warmer months and lower elevations, it is important to keep yourself hydrated. Visitors to the state often underestimate how quickly the Arizona heat can wick moisture from their bodies.
One way to assist in keeping your body hydrated is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Not only do they contain vitamins and nutrients that are good for you, but they have a high water content which your body needs in such an environment.
Scheduling your outdoor work and activities to the morning hours will reduce the likelihood of the heat draining you of much-needed moisture. As the sun climbs in the sky, and temperatures rise, your skin will give off moisture at an increasing rate.
If you do go out during the mid-day hours, it helps to dress in lightweight, light colored clothing that covers your limbs. This will reduce the rate of evaporation as well as protect your skin from direct contact with the sun’s rays.
Drink water at a steady rate all day. Many of the liquids we tend to drink can add to our dehydration. Coffee, alcohol, and drinks that are high in sugar should be avoided. Your best defense is water. Some people like to add fruit slices to their water such as lemon, orange, or even berries. The flavors make their water more palatable and they find themselves drinking more water because of it.
There is so much to do and see when you are camping in AZ. You just need to take a few precautions to avoid too much exposure and loss of moisture. We hope your camping adventures are memorable ones and we look forward to hearing of your experiences. Be sure to make your reservations and Go Camping in Arizona.