If you are going to be outdoors, you need to be sure that you are prepared for nature to throw you a curve ball. The way to do this is to be ready to protect yourself from the elements. Remember that the weather can only be predicted to a certain extent. Always watch weather predictions for the week off, the day of, and the days before and after your planned trip. Think about the regular weather patterns of that area. For example, if you are going into a region known for its rain, but your predictions show no rain, be prepared for rain. That way you know what to watch for and how to make for them.

Sun and Heat

The sun and heat can be deadly. You can overheat quicker than you might expect. It can also mean that you cannot quite decide when you are too hot. Once you overheat, it can be impossible to cool down on your own. Knowing when you should stop is especially important.

Water

You might think that if you drink when you are thirsty that everything will be okay. This is not the case. When you a wait until you are thirsty; you are waiting too long. You should drink at least have your body weight in ounces every single day. If you are hiking, you will need more. Try for twenty ounces in an hour. Do not chug. Chugging water leads to water toxicity since your body cannot process the water as fast as you are putting it in. If you are not able to urinate, then you need to drink more water.

What to wear

The best thing to wear in the heat and sun are light colored clothes. You should wear long sleeves to keep the sun from burning your skin directly. It may seem counterproductive to have long sleeves, but you want to keep your skin out of direct sunlight. Cover your head. A straw hat will allow your head to breathe but keep the sun out of your face. Any wide-brimmed hat will suffice. Sunblock should be put on. It should be reapplied frequently, especially if you are sweating a lot or if you decide to swim.

When to stop

This one is easy. Listen to your body. Take frequent breaks in the shade. Rest before your body is saying it is too hot or too tired. Ideally, even hour or two you should stop and let your body rest.

Cold and Snow

You may assume that since it is cloudy or cold that you do not need sunblock. That is not true. If you are outside at all, then you need sun protection. The snow can act as a reflector, and you may get burned worse than you realize. If you can seek protection in your revolution campers then you should do so.

Layers

Layers are not just for cakes. They are perfect for hiking in snow. When you first start, you’re going to be cold. Then, as your body temperature rises, you will begin to sweat. You will need to pull off layers so that you do not overheat. Then, as the day goes on, and the sun starts to set, you will want to reapply the coats. That way you do not get too cold or too hot. Do not forget your gloves. Your hands need to stay warm.

Water

You might think you do not need water because it is cold, but your body needs water to control the temperature of your body. No matter what the temperature outside is, you must drink water regularly while you are hiking.

Wind

The wind can chap and burn your skin. If you are going to be in a high wind reason, you will need to take precautions to protect your skin. Sun protection on your face can help, but you may want to wear a light mask to protect your face. Of course, long sleeves will also help. Layering will keep you warm, but it will also keep sand from irritating your skin.

Rain

If you become a regular camper, you are going to have to face rain at some point. Light rain may be refreshing, but rain can make you feel soggy and uncomfortable. Layer your clothes. Put a waterproof layer on over your clothing. That will ensure that you stay dry. Get waterproof shoes. You do not want your feet to get wet.

That can lead to illness, no matter what the temperature outside may be. If you do find yourself in a sudden downpour, you may want to seek shelter until it passes. Otherwise, keep walking and enjoy the way that water brings the world alive.