Water on the trail
When hiking, most people think about the food they are going to take with them. Trail mix, granola bars, chips…. Did you pack water? What about enough water for the trip?
Most people assume they will find fresh water to drink on the trail and this is not the case. If you were to come across any type of water source, you will need to first boil the water to remove contaminants.
Side effects from drinking contaminated water could include: Diarrhea, vomiting, Stomach cramps and possible parasites.
Side effects from dehydration. Headaches, muscle cramps, fatigue, heat stroke….
You should drink at least half a liter of water per mile.4 liters is the minimum amount you should bring per my internet research. More if you will be out for several hours. And even more if you are going to be in extreme heat.
In this day and age, you should carry with you several bottles of water, or invest in a good quality hydration backpack.
Energy drinks and alcohol are not recommended as they do not provide the energy source you will need for your hiking adventure.
Flavored water packets are great to mix up the taste, and they are also inexpensive.