Here you can find tips, including looking after
equipment, identifying plants, and reducing the chances of a walking injury
Equipment - Water Bottles
If when you go walking you fill a
bottle with water, rather than taking a bottle of mineral water, you may
have found that sometimes the water tastes pretty disgusting. Here are some
ways to help prevent this happening:
Store the bottle with the lid off.
The night before you go for a walk,
leave some fresh water in the bottle overnight. In the morning, pour this
out, swill the bottle round, and then add your drinking water.
Don't put flavoured drinks, such as
orange squash in the bottle. The flavour will remain in the bottle even if
it is washed, and distaste the water next time.
Don't use a lemon flavoured washing up
liquid, for the same reason.
Health - Drinking Water
When you go for a walk on a hot day,
make sure you take plenty of water. Drink regularly, don't let it reach the
point when you feel thirsty, because you have already started to dehydrate
by that point. It is also important what you drink:
You should not drink the following, as
they dehydrate you:
Coffee (tea is ok)
Fizzy drinks (except energy drinks)
Drinks with lots of additives.
Sea Water - high salt content
The best drink you can have is water.
Tea and energy drinks (i.e. lucozade) are also ok. Even if it is an
emergency, do NOT drink urine or sea water, as they speed up dehydration,
and could kill you. Do not drink from streams unless it is an emergency, or
you are sure it is safe to do so.