As the saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad weather—only bad gear. If you’ve equipped correctly, you can be comfortable almost anywhere. Whether you’re hiking in the heat, preparing for potential downpours, or winter camping, these three simple rules will serve you well, so you can fully enjoy your adventures.
1. Stay cool.
Keeping cool can be a challenge when the mercury rises. The most essential thing is to drink enough water because a dehydrated body has a harder time regulating its temperature. Consuming plenty of liquids also helps cool you from the inside.
Layering doesn’t work as well in the heat—there’s only so much you can take off—so wear breathable, lightweight clothing, including shorts and SPF-rated sun shirts, since the sun’s UV rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes, according to the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC also advises to stay in the shade where you can, especially during midday hours, or create your own by wearing a wide-brimmed hat or by setting up umbrellas, sunshades, or tarps.
If you’re burning up, wet your hair or clothing, avoid strenuous activity, and sleep off the hot ground in a hammock or cot. Wear sunscreen, and do everything you can to keep from getting scorched. It’s harder to feel cool and comfortable when you have a sunburn.