1. Hydrate: Drink early, drink often and don't wait until you're thirsty- that's the mantra of outdoor guides who know the value of keeping your fluid levels up when the thermometer is hitting its red line. Now is a great time to look into a nifty-new backpack style hydration system like the SUP specific versions made by CamelBak. A while ago, these guys sent me a unit called the Tahoe that I really like. The Tahoe holds 50 ounces of fluid and, best of all, it doesn't have shoulder straps like some of their other models. I find that shoulder straps can start to rub on me on long paddles creating hot spots and eventually a rash or blister.
|My favorite pack- see that white string? That's for looping around your neck and keeping the sip tube near your mouth, now just remember to use it!|