Nigeria is a tropical country which means most places are sunny and hot. Along with the sun can come intense heat, and if you don’t manage the combination of the two properly, your fun day can turn into a distress.
To learn how to have a good time and stay healthy in hot weather, check out the following:
- Planning tips: Choose where and when to hike
- Clothing and gear tips: The right clothes and colors can keep you comfortable
- Health tips: Protect yourself against sunburn, dehydration, overhydration.
Hot-Weather Hiking Tips:
1-When to Hike
Avoid the hottest time of day: The hottest time of day is usually around noon to 3pm. On scorching days, it can be best to avoid this time altogether by getting an early start and ending your hike by early afternoon, or heading out sometime after 3pm. If you can’t avoid hiking during the warmest hours, try to plan your trip so you’ll be in the shade or near a body of water during that time.
Rule of thumb: Go for a morning/evening hikes only:
2- Dress bright Dress Light!
Dressing appropriately for a hike can go a long way toward keeping you comfortable. As a rule of thumb, always avoid dark colors on sunny days.They absorb more heat. Wear light colors that reflect the sun’s rays rather than absorb them (as dark colors can) helps keep you cool. Look for shirts like grey, yellow, red,blue etc-only bright colors!
Wear loose, breathable clothing: Lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that breathes well will help your body regulate temperature. Nylon and polyester are good choices.
Open vents: Some shirts, shorts and pants designed for hiking incorporate vents, you can open up your jeans to help improve aiflow, although I highly don’t recommend jeans for hiking.
Cover up: It may seem counter intuitive to put extra clothes on in hot weather, but the added coverage can provide necessary protection from UV rays, especially for people with sensitive skin. A lightweight long-sleeve shirt, sun sleeves and a neck gaiter can provide effective protection.
Put a hat on: A hat provides essential protection from the sun for your face and neck. A baseball cap provides OK shade, but a sun hat with a brim that goes all the way around is even better.
3- Water Water and more Water
To avoid getting dehydrated, it is important to drink adequate water when you’re hiking in hot weather to prevent dehydration. Dehydration can leave you feeling crummy and possibly contribute to other heat-related illnesses, such as cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Always carry along water bottles during hike. The size of your water bottles depends on your hike duration. A good general recommendation is about a half liter of water per hour of moderate activity in moderate temperatures