Many people don't realize that heat is the number one weather related killer in America. Heat related illnesses kill more people than all other severe weather combined! Most agencies recommend staying in the A/C, limiting exposure to the heat, etc... Obviously that is not an option for the kayak angler, but there are some things you can do out there to prevent yourself from overheating. Hopefully the following tips will help you stay safe out there and beat the heat this summer.
Tips to beat the heat:
- DRINK WATER - Drink water and lots of it! This is number one on the list for a reason, your body needs to stay hydrated to stay cool. Keep a bottle of water on deck all day and drink on it even when you are not thirsty. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, or sugary sports drinks until you are off the water and in the shade.
- A trick I use to keep plenty of cold water available - freeze 2 or 3 bottles the night before your trip and pack them in your cooler instead of ice. It will keep your other bottles cold and when they thaw out you will have yourself some extra ice cold water instead of a heavy cooler full of melted ice.
- Apply sunscreen to the inside of your legs and top of your feet, these areas get blasted by the sun much more during a kayak outing than most other outdoor activities.
- It also makes a nice sail if your are heading in with the wind!
- Caution: even when the sun is low the temps can remain high, still follow #1 on the list no matter what time you get out there!