The dog days of summer have arrived. If you’re an avid hiker, the heat can be uncomfortable, or even dangerous if you’re not prepared. There are hundreds of options for keeping you cool during outdoor activities, but these are some of the most popular.
Arctic Cool Cooling Shirt
Made of polyester and spandex, Arctic Cool claims that this shirt wicks and disperses sweat quickly, so you stay dry. It may not be as effective in humid climates, but they are still well-designed shirts for your athletic wardrobe. They also provide UPF 50 sun protection for sunny days.
Sunday Afternoons Lookout Hat
This lookout hat will protect your face, scalp, and neck from damaging sun rays. It’s adjustable to fit you comfortably and features a soft polyester interior band to absorb sweat. The fabric is water resistant and features UPF 50+ protection.
FITS Performance Trail Quarter
Footwear can make or break your hike, and the FITS Performance Trail socks provide a breathable fabric with cushion and support. The traditional socks are thick, but if you prefer a minimalistic sock for warmer days, there is a lighter option available.
Body Glide Anti-Chafing Balm
Chafing can be a problem with physical activity during any time of the year, but it is especially problematic when the weather is warm. You can apply Body Glide Anti-Chafing Balm anywhere you’re likely to chafe or blister. It petroleum and lanolin free, so it won’t clog your pores.
Camelbak Podium Chill Water Bottle
Hydration is vital for outdoor activity in the sweltering heat. Nothing is more refreshing than taking a sip of cold water during the middle of your hike. The Camelbak Podium Chill Water Bottle has technologically advanced insulation that keeps your water cold for twice as long as other insulated water bottles. It’s BPA-free, and the spout prevents leaks.
Ultimate Direction Water-Carrying Fanny Pack
If you don’t want to bring a bulky backpack on your hike, a fanny pack is a great way to hold your important things. The Ultimate Direction Water-Carrying Fanny Pack is a good option because it features a slanted opening for easy access to your water bottle. There’s enough room in the zippered pocket for keys, a phone, ID, etc. It also comes with a 0.6-liter water bottle.
Whether you’re an avid hiker or just hit the trail on occasion, you’ll need proper equipment to make the most of your hike.