Questions tagged [hydration]
Questions about staying hydrated or avoiding dehydration
Where do I get a hydration bladder pump?
I have a very heavy backpack for multiday hikes, and trying to get water out of the hydration bladder to fill my jetboil for cooking is a huge pain in the ass because for siphoning, the backpack has ...
How to trick my body/stomach into thinking I'm full?
So, I got invited by a couple of friends to go hiking and doing some "survivalist stuff". I was never the most resilient person so was kinda unsure, then I decided to try and "test"...
Would drinking normal saline help with hydration?
In my first aid kit I carry* sterile normal saline for wound and eye irrigation (most often used for the latter). Can you drink it? Would it help with hydration? It's nominally isotonic with blood ...
UK blanket bog peatland water - safe to drink?
I was recently walking in the North Pennines on a hot day. 10 miles into a 16 mile walk, I stopped to check my 2.5l water bladder and saw that it was almost empty. This naturally caused me some ...
What are the advantages and disadvantages of water bottles versus bladders?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of water bottles versus bladders? Is there any reason to prefer one over the other, in terms of health, safety, cost, convenience, or maintenance?
How to estimate remaining water in a hydration bladder?
Are there any tricks to estimate the amount of remaining water in a hydration bladder without pulling it out of the rucksack? Pulling it out is hard and cumbersome with all my rucksacks. In addition, ...
Why exactly does hiking in hot, humid weather seem so much more exhausting?
Assuming one is well hydrated, wears light clothes and hikes in the shade, why exactly does hiking in hot, humid weather seem so much more exhausting than the same hike in cooler weather? Background ...
Single walled plastic vs vacuum insulated water bottle for hiking and everyday use
I’ve been seeing an increasing number of vacuum insulated water bottles and was wondering would a plastic(single walled) or a vacuum insulated water bottle be better for... Everyday (going from home ...
Drinking water while standing vs seated
I have heard people suggesting to drink water when you are seated after a tiresome activity. They usually ask to avoid drinking water while standing upright. Does that have an actual scientific ...
Emergency use hydration products - effectivness vs cost
My medical kit already has some MRE style clean water bags, purification tablets, as well as OTC anti-diarrheal pills at the ready. However, now, I am researching what options there are for hydration ...
How to estimate the volume a person sweats?
I'm pretty comfortable with my technique to stay hydrated, but I am curious about estimating how much liquid is actually involved. I generally am just concerned with getting rid of it, but ...
Does a chewing gum really help in keeping mouth moist?
First, its not a hypothetical situation, and secondly, with all due respect, I am aware of where the debates like 'Should you get into this trouble at first place?' end-up, so lets not get into that. ...
Adding extra hydration to a CamelBak backpack
I've had a CamelBak backpack for years (a Rim Runner that I bought in 2005), and for Christmas treated myself to a new MilTac H.A.W.G. as one of the zips on the old Rim Runner was starting to break ...
Are there plants (for instance berries) which lead to dehydration if eaten?
Believe me or not but I'm currently playing a video game :) It's called "Ark: Survival Evolved". You've to survive in the wilderness and for example pick up berries to do so. There is a specific ...
Should I eat when I don't have anything to drink in a survival situations?
I've had a pretty interesting discussion beneath this survival question. A source given in the answer to this question states that you shouldn't eat when dehydration can become or is a problem: (......
Is it a good idea to drink blood to avoid dehydration?
When in an emergency survival situation were you don't have access to clean or at least "okay" water but to wildlife (or it is at least easier to grab a snake for example than to gather water), is it ...
How should I regulate hydration on long hikes in hot temprature?
I hike in western ghats of Maharashtra India, where temperature in the afternoon varies from 35 degree Celsius to 40 degree Celsius with high humidity (more than 50%). On my last hike I perspired a ...
Will drinking lots of water in the day(s) prior to a long trek mean I will need less water on the trek?
I am not sure if 'pre-hydrating' is a valid term to use for this, please correct me if you know the term. While walking down a tiring route, I was so tired and low on water. All I could think of was, ...
Hydration for pets
We all know when we get dehydrated. And hence we make sure it doesn't get worst. I was on a trek this weekend. A strong stray dog from a village chose to accompany me and being alone, I was happy ...
How do I achieve/maintain optimal hydration?
I am curious about some techniques/guidelines for achieving and maintaining optimal hydration while performing moderate to high strain outdoor activities, such as long hikes etc. IOW, how do you ...
How do I reliably diagnose my own dehydration? [duplicate]
Drinking too much (and wasting it) or insufficient water quantity can be dangerous. The current method that I am using to judge if I am doing it correctly is urine colour: clear white - if water is ...
Why did I get goosebumps after drinking water while walking in Hot and Humid weather?
I have observed a strange thing happening with me these days. In India, month of March to May are of Summer with extreme heat, May to be worst. Midday, the mercury rises up to 40oC. I was walking on a ...
Train yourself to need less water
I'm interested in doing multi-day hikes (i.e. backpacking) in the desert where water sources are not readily available, thus requiring one to carry in enough water for the duration of the trip. On ...
How to stay hydrated with minimum water usage
A friend of mine asked a experienced long distance hiker, how to drink during such a hike. The answer was, drink 0.1l water per hour and then you are fine. Is this correct and can anyone add some ...
Ration or consume water?
In a situation where you don't know when you will find water again, is it better to ration the water you have over time (and ever increasing dehydration) or to drink it to quench thirst as soon as ...
How can I tell if I am dehydrated or have low electrolytes (need salt, etc.)?
How can detect, in the outdoors with minimal equipment, if I am dehydrated or need electrolytes? Update Some background: I get overheated very easily, possibly because I don't sweat as much as most ...
Can the sheer existence of snow lead to dehydration?
When I went to Stok Kangri trek, while climbing down from the peak, on the snow-filled slopes, I felt terribly dehydrated. I was having ample amount of water throughout the climb and yet, I felt ...
How can I conserve water over long treks?
Is there any way I can balance out drinking water when taking a trek, or simply taking a hike to one of the local peaks around here? Even if I come stocked, I tend to end up run out of water close to ...
What's the problem with electrolyte imbalance and how do I mitigate it?
In the past week I've seen two answers mentioning electrolytes; one about the grand canyon and one in an answer on a question that was actually about wildlife, but where other desert dangers were ...
Does eating snow help dehydration?
I have heard many people say that eating snow actually can increase dehydration since the energy required for the body to heat up and melt the snow is greater than the benefits received from the ...