The most common ailment Hatch guests have while are on the river tend to be the symptoms of dehydration. Dehydration simply means that the body loses more water than is taken in. The desert landscape of Grand Canyon provides the right conditions for this to occur between the hot and dry weather. Know the symptoms and what to do should do to prevent it while white water rafting in the Grand Canyon.

Symptoms can include thirst, dry mouth, unusual tiredness, decreased urine output, headache and even dizziness. The trick is to avoid getting to the point where symptoms are noticeable. Hatch provides guests with mugs on the first day of the expedition. These are not only for coffee but also to promote drinking fluids while on the raft. Filtered water and either Gatorade or lemonade will always be available on the raft and at camp so take advantage. Guides continually remind guests to drink so take their advice – they do this for a living, remember. Note that the National Park Service recommends drinking about a gallon of water per day.

white water rafting in Grand-Canyon

Below find some useful tips:

  • Begin the trip hydrated. For three to four days prior to the trip consume more than average water and monitor urine output to hopefully be more on the clear side than yellow before even arriving the morning of the launch.
  • Consider bringing an insulated water bottle to keep it chilled and more appealing. Click here for a great option!
  • Every time a guide or passenger mentions drinking enough water – fill up the Hatch mug and take more than a few swigs.
  • Mix a bit of lemonade with a bit of water to make it more interesting.
  • Use a water bottle with volumes on the side and set drinking goals every day.
  • Take a full water bottle on every hike and try to finish it before return. Try for at least 2 quarts.
  • Avoid excess consumption of alcoholic beverages – especially during the day. Though it is a fluid it will work against hydration goals. On this note drink equal parts water to alcoholic beverage to prevent excess fluid loss.
  • Take some water to bed and try to drink a whole bottle in the morning before even heading out for breakfast.
  • Remind those around to drink as well.

If guests should find themselves falling behind and feeling symptoms let the guide know immediately. They will be able to assist in the rehydration process and to watch out for worsening symptoms.

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Avoid Dehydration While White Water Rafting in the Grand Canyon was last modified: July 22nd, 2015 by Katy Nelson

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