Travelling in the southern U.S.? Going on an adventure to a tropical or subtropical or desert environment Planning on canyoneering in the summer?
Here is a handful of helpful hints for surviving outdoor adventures in the extreme heat.
- Drink lots of water or you will die – perhaps as much as a liter/quart per hour if exerting in the heat.
- Stay with your buddy or you will get lost and die – Make sure that you and your buddy know how to deal with extreme heat and heat-related illness.
- Know the signs, symptome, and first aid for heat injuries and illnesses. See the infographic below.
- Reduce your work periods and increase your rest periods
- If temp is above 85 degrees F, exert 45 minutes and rest 15 minutes every hour.
- If temp is above 90 degrees F, exert 30 minutes and rest 30 minutes of each hour.
- If temp is above 95 degrees F, exert 15 minutes and rest 45 minutes every hour.
- If temp is above 100 degrees F, suspend exertion.
- Consider hiking at night, or schedule your hiking to happen in early am and late pm with a siesta in the shade in mid-day. You may have to carry a sun shelter with you for your siesta
- Wear light clothing and a hat.
- Don’t forget the sunscreen!