Staying Hydrated While Snowshoeing
By Chris Gorski
Most people do not drink nearly enough water when they snowshoe. This is because colder weather masks the fact that you are sweating. It also helps to mask the feeling of being thirsty. For these reasons, it is incredibly important to stay hydrated while snowshoeing. You sweat more than you think.
In order to stay hydrated out on the trail there are few important steps you should follow. The first and most important is to always bring water with you out on the trail. A water bottle will work just fine, but a hydration pack will allow you to drink on the go. For more information on hydration packs, see our hydration pack buying guide. Water truly is the best liquid to carry if you plan on snowshoeing for under an hour; as it will keep you hydrated the best. If you plan on going for more than an hour, you may want to try a drink with some electrolytes. Once you are on the trail, be sure to drink regularly. If you wait till you get thirsty, you are probably already dehydrated. By drinking regularly, you will ensure you never become overly dehydrated. If you are snowshoeing at higher elevations, be sure to drink even more water, as this will help your body acclimate to the lower amount of oxygen. To give you an idea of how much water you should drink, ½ to ¾ of a cup (118-172 ml) per 15 minutes of activity is suggested. You may want more if you are at higher altitudes.
However, if you do forget to drink regularly, there are a few tell-tale signs of dehydration. Fatigue, light headedness, nausea, and headaches located in the back of the head are all signs of severe dehydration. If you experience any of these symptoms, be sure to stop snowshoeing and get some liquids. Staying hydrated will help you last longer on the trail, reduce cramps, and enjoy the sport more. Remember, you can never drink too much water when you are on the trail.