|Heat & Sun Busters: Enduracool Towel, Sunblocks & Hydration Day Pack.|
Running, Walking or Short Hikes
|The Dart Lumbar Pack by Mountainsmith|
Day Hikes or Backpacking
|CamelBak Antidote 100 oz Reservoir is easy to clean.|
My Rudy Project Hydration II Day Pack accommodates this reservoir with even more room for snacks, sunblock, extra socks and a light jacket. Look for fabrics with built in SPF which can help you stay cooler and burn-free. I have quite a few new pieces at my Heat & Sun Awareness Project
Packing for a short ride from point A to point B should not be a problem in the summertime. You may need a little extra water but you can top off before you leave by drinking a extra water and then fill up again when you arrive at your destination. If it's under 4 miles or a short commute, a 24 oz bottle of chilled ice water should be fine. I take a thermal Polar Bottle and fill it 1/3 of the way with ice. It's stays incredibly chilly for the whole ride even on very hot days of 85-90 degrees.
|This Detours D2R Trunk Bag accommodates extra water for your ride.|
What's good about the Detours D2R Trunk Bag is that you can also use it for longer distance commutes or touring. The water bottle holder in the rear of the bag allows you to double your amount of water if you also have a bottle cage on your bike. The D2R expands to hold a First Aid Kit, sunblock and extra sun protective clothing. Add a set of panniers for extra storage and you are really ready for a day on the road.
The summer heat can be brutal and heat exhaustion and stoke can sneak up on you in short order. Check out the new cooling technology built into clothing, towels and now arm sleeves which also block the sun. If you are running or cycling, wet them, snap them and pull them on. As your blood flows past them at your pulse points, you will immediately feel refreshed thanks to the temperature lowering polymers built into the fabric. You also might want to check the conditions before and while you are out. Kestrel has come out with a Heat Stress Tracker which measures heat index, wet bulb readings and other important parameters to tell you when heat exhaustion is imminent. A weather meter with this sort of capability allows you to check the weather in your immediate area and alerts you to take the proper precautions to guard against heat stroke.
|EnduraCool Cooling Arm Sleeves by Mission|