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Camping tips for people prone to heat stroke/exhaustion? Answered

My fiance has never formally gone camping. She has a cabin up in the black hills of South Dakota but she has never gone camping. I want to bring her camping this summer but She prone to heat stroke. I'm wondering what are some things I can do to make things easier for her to enjoy camping aside from finding the ever so obvious shady area. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!


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2 years ago

I am not prone to either but I tend to overlook the symptoms.
And here in the great land downunder temperatures and especially the sun itself can get nasty quickly.
Keeping well hydrated is the main thing to follow.
If the sun is nasty then prepare for all intense activities in the early morning or late afternoon.
Plan ahead and with enough time to spare for a return or nice shady/cool place to rest until you hike back in the afternoon.
Whatever you do, do it as quickly as necessary but as slowly as possible!
For example instead of your usual hiking speed slow it down a notch.
The clothing should be light, breathable and reflective for UV and IR.
If in doubt consult someone in a good hiking store that supplies desert equippment!
With a cabin you have the benefit of being independent from severe weather in a tent.
Use it to your advantage.
Be aware of the food and drinks you bring along with plenty of drinking water!
Some people still thinks bringing a lot of processed food and soft drinks is a good idea...
You want to take things in that digest properly you that you can have a nice number two in the bushes if you have to.
Trust me, nothing is worse than first realising you missed the number two after breakfast and than realising that for the short hike you did not bring any toilet paper along LOL
You can dig a hole with a stick but with no replacement for paper anywhere you will have a very unpleasant hike ahead of you...
A heart rate monitor is also a good idea for someone not used to hiking and with a tendency for trouble in the heat.
Keep it at a steady and low rate and take enough rest if you needed more power for a while.
Bring enough water and a big but thin blanket or or towel along, like these cheap beach towels.
If things go bad this with some water to wet it will provide a nice cooling blanket in the shade.
Great for a quick recovery if things get a bit too close to being severe.

I suggest you start slowly.
Pick a weekend with nice weather that is not considered to be too hot.
Have a sleep in the cabin after you got adjusted and did the usual cleaning.
Enjoy the the sunrise and do a little hike after breakfast.
Take it from there and I bet you partner will find some good things to be worth trying again.
No need to start in the hootest summer week if you can do a nice weekend in the autumn... ;)