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Be Prepared - Its a Desert Out There

View from Mount Charleston
View from Mount Charleston
Jason Dinant

Its the middle of summer and you may be thinking of a morning hike up at Red Rock or an evening run along the many trails throughout the Las Vegas valley. But be prepared before you set out on your outdoor adventure in the summer heat. Even if you get out in the earliest part of the day and it feels less hot, you should still be prepared and hydrated.

If you are planning a morning hike, make sure to get plenty of water the day prior to the hike to allow your body time to absorb the fluids. Also bring more then enough water with you on the hike, or in the car for after wards. A common mistake people make is not bringing enough fluids with them. If you think you'll need 1 gallon of water, bring 2.

Fun Fact: Did you know that milk helps hydrate better than drinks like gatorade? So maybe stop by a convenient store after your hike for a cold container of milk. V8 also has the perfect amount of sodium, calories and carbs to help hydrate your body.

Its just just staying hydrated that you should worry about. Also make sure your body is ready for the hike. Stretch before and after to keep from cramping. Wear a hat or sunglasses to keep the sun out of your eyes and wear light weight, breathable clothing.

Top 5 things to remember for a hike in Las Vegas

  1. Water or a hydrating beverage
  2. Granola bar or a protein bar
  3. Sunscreen
  4. Lightweight/breathable clothing
  5. Cell phone - in case you get lost or injured

Until next time, enjoy your time exploring the parks of Southern Nevada and the Las Vegas Valley.


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