Winter Dehydration

Winded Bowhunter Sitka HydrationMost people think that dehydration occurs only during the hot temperature months of the year. You can suffer from dehydration in during the winter when temps dip to frigid temps!

It’s very easy to become dehydrated in the winter, especially if you’re participating in activities such as backcountry skiing, hiking, snowshoeing or hunting and the like. In fact, dehydration can occur faster in cold temps due to the fact that the air you are breathing in drier.

Additionally, our thirst mechanism reacts differently when we are not sweating, as we do during the warmer months. Since you are not sweating, you don’t feel as thirsty, therefore don’t drink enough to remain hydrated.

Another note is that if you do not hydrate properly during your cold weather activity, you will not only suffer from dehydration, but this could also lead to fatigue, frostbite and hypothermia.

Before heading out to the bitter cold and continue to hydrate on a regular interval. You can set your most outdoor style watches to set an alarm, to remind you to take a drink! You could invest in a water filter to ensure your drinking water is free from contaminants. Check out product reviews over at Make sure that you hydrate with plenty of water and or water mixed with a supplement like Wilderness Athlete Hydrate & Recovery and or nuun Active Hydration.

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  1. Nice post.  Not enough people are aware of the need to hydrate in cold weather.

    • Matt, 
            Thank you for reading and commenting on this post. I agree with you, that not enough people are aware of cold weather dehydration… So, spread the word!