For your safety and comfort, it is essential to stay dry while hiking. This article will discuss why it is important to keep dry while hiking and the best ways to do so.
Why is it so important to keep dry?
It is essential to keep your feet dry while hiking. This will ensure your safety and health. If you don’t know how to dress, getting wet can cause serious problems and complications that can be avoided. What happens if you get wet?
Wetness makes you colder Our bodies regulate our temperature by regulating our heat exchange with the surrounding environment. This means that when the air outside is cold, our bodies tell us that we feel cold.
Conversely, our bodies tell us that we feel warm when the air is warm. Our bodies exchange heat with water. If we come in contact with water, our bodies will almost always tell us that the water is colder than us, so we feel cold.
To cool down, we sweat. This is the same thing, except that we try to avoid it as much as possible. If the outside air is extremely cold and we are wet, then the water will be even colder and cause us to feel even colder. This is why it is better to stay dry.
Safety and health
Wetness and cold can pose serious safety and health risks. As mentioned above, being wet can make you colder and can cause illnesses like colds and flu.
You could even get frostbite or pneumonia. Even if you only hike a short distance, a cold is most likely. You don’t need to go further. The real problems only start when you go on long walks. Staying dry is the best way to prevent these health problems. How can we do this?
Here are the best ways to stay dry
Layers keep the cold and wet out. There is a greater chance that water won’t get in if there are multiple layers. 3-4 layers is the best. A single undershirt, one sweater, one fleece, and one jacket/coat are the best layers.
Multiple layers are a great way to keep water off your skin. Because it must pass through so many layers of clothing, it is best to have multiple layers.
Even if you have a raincoat, it is still possible for water to get in through torrential rain. You can keep your home as dry as possible by putting up as many barriers as possible between you and the elements.
Because layers can make you very hot or very heavy, it is best to have 3-4 layers. Overheating can cause as much damage as being very cold.
A waterproof jacket or coat is your most important layer. A jacket that allows for maximum movement will allow you to feel comfortable and give you the freedom to move in any direction.
This is especially important for long-distance travel. The jacket will be your first line of defense against water. Jackets should be made of hardshell material and have zips.
Mid layers made of synthetic materials
Your mid-layers should be where your jacket stops. Synthetic fleece is better than a long-sleeved shirt. Synthetic fleece is more breathable and will retain its puffiness better than traditional wool ones. This is exactly what we want. Your undershirt and tight-sleeved overshirt will stay dry.
Hardshell pants are the equivalent of waterproof clothing for your legs. They keep you dry and warm by letting water runoff. As water pools outside, these pants can become cold and heavy overtime.
To prevent condensation from building up, it is best to wear warm leggings or long johns underneath. Tracksuit pants or jeans are the worst clothes to wear on your legs. They hold water and can become heavy over time. These clothes will freeze your legs.
Hats and gloves
You can buy waterproof gloves or waterproof beanies from popular brands like North Face. Your jacket may have a hood. Make sure your jacket is covered with a beanie.
It’s better to have two layers of protection than one. This also ensures that water doesn’t build up under your hood, and eventually run down your back.
Gloves are also very important. Waterproof gloves not only keep your hands dry but also prevents water from running down your arms and wrists. You can keep water out of your jacket by tucking your long-sleeve shirt under your gloves and fastening it tightly.
Not only are gloves and hats useful for keeping you dry but they can also keep you warm. Your hands are where most of your body heat escapes. It is not clear if it leaves the head.
Socks and walking boots
It can literally save your life by wearing the right socks and shoes. Hypothermia is most common in the feet. These are also the most vulnerable to getting wet when walking in puddles or crossing small streams.
Wearing waterproof walking shoes is one of the best ways to stay dry while on the trail. This can help prevent your feet from suffering the aches and pains that are almost always guaranteed. Your long pants can cause water to collect in your shoes. This can be prevented by two methods.
To stop water from getting through your socks’ tops, make sure you tuck your long-johns or leggings under your thick socks. Your hardshell pants should be over your walking boots at all times.
Some pants are equipped with fasteners that keep them in place. This will allow water to flow from your pants and jacket towards your boots, and not into your ankles, and it will glide down to the ground.