When hiking in the fall, winter, or early spring (or, camping in any of those seasons!) you have to keep yourself extra hydrated! In the hot summer, you know you're thirsty because of the sweat and thirst you feel, but this symptoms are easier to miss in cold weather.
So, you need to stay hydrated! Not only is it important because you're hiking, but it's important because your body needs the energy from converting the liquids to keep warm.
You'll want to carry a water bladder, and may even consider a thermos full of a hot beverage if you love hot beverages. Don't worry about if you stick to hot or cold drinks: the myth that cold drinks will make you colder just isn't true (the difference in what energy it takes your body to process them is too minimal).
Keep liquids warm by:
- Using an insulated mug—like a commuter’s coffee mug—with a snap-tight lid.
- If it'll get below freezing, back an insulated thermos to enjoy hot drinks throughout the day. Store it upside down so it doesn't ice over at the opening.
- If it's going to be really cold, pack in your bag for added insulation.
For keeping water from freezing:
- Be sure to start by clearing the tube of water after each drink by blowing it back into the hydration bladder.
- Stuff the tube inside your clothes.
- Buy a $20 insulation kit (or make your own by buying foam to put over the tube).
- Get a water bottle that is in an insulation system that you can hook to the outside of your bag or stuff in your pack when it's especially cold.
I hope these small tips help your drink stay hot, and at the very least, not frozen!