Staying hydrated on hikes

Once this water has been treated it will be good enough for humans
Once this water has been treated it will be good enough for humans

When you’re re drinking two litres of water a day in Europe on long hikes, or 4-5 litres a day on Kilimanjaro it’s easy to get sick of the taste of water.

I use SiS hydration tablets for long hikes. They don’t offer any energy (i.e. they are calorie-free), but they taste nice (which encourages you to drink more) and replenish good thingies in your system. During the summer I was getting some cramps on cycling commute and after using these (one every other day) I stopped getting cramps.

As with all these things, try them before you go hiking.

Another suggestion is to get the new Robinson’s Squash’d drinks – mega-uber-super-powerful squash/ cordial. Ishai and I have used these on our recent hikes. It’s flavour packed without the good-thingies replenishment.

Finally, I’ve used chlorine tablets and a separate neutraliser from GoOutdoors for the last few hikes and together the taste is fine. In fact, I did a taste sampler at a recent Scout meeting and half the Scouts couldn’t tell the difference between purified and neutralised water compared to untreated tap water.

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