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January 29, 2021

5 Things You Need to Know Before Hiking in Summer

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Hiking in summer, quite simply, can be blissful. But only if you've prepared well ahead of time. When it comes to tropical treks, here are our hiking tips for warmer climates.

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Top Tips for Hiking in Summer

There’s nothing quite like hitting the trails and getting out into the great outdoors when the weather is good. With blue skies, warm sunshine and long days, hiking is more enjoyable, the views are clear and your time on the trails is generally more rewarding.

However, even when the weather is cooperating, it’s important that you prepare correctly and bring the right gear to ensure that you are safe and comfortable on your next adventure. Don't forget, you can always download our free hiking gear checklist here.

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Taking the right approach to warm-weather hiking will allow you to stay safe and maximise your time on the trails. Having the right equipment is essential in keeping you healthy and allowing you to deal with any unforeseen events with ease. Knowing that you are properly prepared before embarking on your hike will help to put your mind at ease and allow you to focus on enjoying the hike with your fellow walkers. 

Let’s take a look at a few tips to help you get the most out of hiking in summer.

Muddy feet while hiking close up

Choose the Right Footwear for Hiking in Summer

On warmer days, you might be tempted to ditch your boots for a pair of sneakers that will allow your feet to breathe easier. With today’s selection of hiking boots, however, there are plenty of boots you can choose from that will allow your feet to stay cool and help to remove moisture from your feet.

Using a proper hiking boot will offer you a better grip on dry, dusty trails, help to protect your ankles from snakebites and insects and also give you more stability when you’re on the trails.

Boots are always the best choice for hiking, just be sure to choose a pair that is suitable for hiking in summer and enjoy all the benefits of a boot with the breathability and comfort of a sneaker. 

Summer sunshine hands in a heart

Sun Protection

Spending hours out on the trails in warmer climates means you will be exposed to potentially harmful sun rays. Here's what you need to do.

  • Choose hiking clothing with built-in UV protection.
  • Pack enough sunscreen.
  • Bring a hat to shade your face.
  • Bring a neck covering, such as a bandana. 
  •  Wear sunglasses with adequate UV protection.
  • Reapply sunscreen throughout the day.
  • Seek out shade where you can. 
Summer Hiking Tips - Bring Enough Water

Bring Enough Water

Before embarking on your hike, you should have a good idea of how long the walk will take you and what facilities there are on the way. Taking these details into account, you can plan how much water you and your group are going to need throughout the day. Pack enough drinking water for everyone for the day and share the load between your group. It’s wise to pack some extra water in case you end up veering off course or you find yourself in an emergency situation waiting for help to arrive.

Summer Hiking Tips Heatstroke Medical Knowledge

Understand the Symptoms of Heatstroke

Heatstroke can occur when your body temperature gets too hot, reaching forty degrees or more. This is a very serious issue, which can cause damage to organs and even death. Be on the lookout for symptoms of heatstroke, which include headaches, dizziness, nausea, a lack of sweating despite hot temperatures, hot skin, vomiting, confused behaviour, muscle cramps and rapid heartbeat and/or breathing. 

If you suspect that anyone in your group has heatstroke, be sure to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Move the affected person into the shade, gently pour cold water over them and get some electrolytes and liquids into them. Taking action quickly can help to save someone’s life so be sure that you are aware of these symptoms before hiking in summer. 

Male hiker silhouette with mountain range

Hiking in Summer: In Conclusion

Hiking in summer is generally more manageable than hiking in the rain, cold, fog or snow. However, even when the weather is looking good, it’s important that you prepare well. With the right preparations, you can ensure that you and your group have a safe and enjoyable time on the trails on your next warm-climate hiking adventure.

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Hi, I'm Abi, a doctor turned writer who's worked with Lonely Planet, the BBC, UNESCO and more. Find out more.

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