• Prepare for Arizona's heat and trails with our summer hiking checklist!
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  • What should you pack for the trail?

I love spending more time outside. As the weather heats up across Arizona, it's more important than ever to ensure you're properly prepared to hit the trail.

Preparing for a short morning hike or a longer, multi-day adventure is the key to a fun, safe summer outing.

Preparing for Hiking and Fun in Arizona

Here are some tips on how to get ready:

Acclimate Your Body: If you've spent the last eight months indoors, don't just run out into the heat. Get your body ready for the added demands of hiking in the heat. Start doing outdoor activities that get you sweating to help you adapt to the heat.

Dress For Success: Lightweight, breathable clothing that wicks away sweat but shields from the sun's piercing rays will help to keep you cool. Don't forget to don a wide-brimmed hat and UV-blocking sunglasses to protect against glare.

READ: Why It's So Hot this Summer and When You Can Expect Cool Relief

Hydration is Key: Start drinking water before you hit the trail. Try to drink at least a liter of water before you set out. Make sure you take at least a gallon of water per person along with you.

Thirst alone isn't a reliable indicator of dehydration, and in the arid desert, dehydration can happen fast. Consider carrying a hydration bladder to make drinking and carrying enough water simple.

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Pack Your Gear: Tell someone where you're going and when you expect to be back. Pack a fully-charged cell phone, extra food, water, and a compass.

READ: Are You Even from Arizona if You've Never Done This?

If you're new to hiking, consider starting your adventure in the cooler morning or later in the evening as the sun is going down. Keep your hike short until you build up some stamina. Check out our Summer Hiking Checklist for everything you need to know for a fun, safe hike.

[Sources: McDowell Sonoran | The Whistling Oak ]

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