Equip: Top 12 Essentials to Stay Hydrated This Summer

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The summer heat is no joke. When temperatures reach triple digits, the sun can do significant damage. If you don’t drink enough water, you may succumb to dehydration and heat exhaustion in just a few hours. These 12 essentials will help you stay hydrated throughout the dog days of summer on your outdoor adventures.

1. Hydro Flask Wide Mouth Water Bottle

Let’s start with the basics. Everyone needs a reliable water bottle for everyday use, and hydro flasks are extremely popular options for several reasons. They don’t contain any plastic, they use insulation to keep your water cold, and they have unmatched durability. This particular hydro flask includes a wide-mouth straw for easy sipping and comes in 14 different colors.

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2. Savvy Infusion Water Bottle

Many people think water is too flavorless and boring to drink all the time. You could drink sparkling water or flavored sports drinks to change things up, or you could take the natural route. With this bottle from Savvy Infusion, you can easily infuse a variety of flavors straight from organic fruits and vegetables. 

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3. Liquid IV Hydration Multiplier

Another great way to enhance your drinking water is by adding a Liquid IV hydration multiplier. This simple additive will fill your water with electrolytes, essential vitamins and a refreshing lemon-lime flavor. Your water’s nutritional value will significantly increase and your energy levels will be off the charts.

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4. SipWell Stainless Steel Drinking Straws

Plastic straws are out of style thanks to changing attitudes about the environment. However, paper straws aren’t the best alternatives. They might have a funny taste or fall apart quickly. Thankfully, you have a third option — stainless steel. You can get four reusable steel straws from SipWell along with a complementary cleaning device for less than $5.

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5. Brita Water Filtration Pitcher

Another amazing household hydration product is Brita’s classic water filtration pitcher. The BPA-free filter removes a variety of chemicals and contaminants from your tap water, ensuring that it’s safe to drink. All you need to do is replace the filter every two months, and the pitcher will last a lifetime.

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6. Paula’s Choice Invisible Finish Moisturizer

So far we’ve only talked about drinking water to stay hydrated, but you also need to keep your skin hydrated — especially your face. Everyone should have a facial moisturizing lotion in their bathroom cabinets. This lotion from Paula’s Choice replenishes your skin with antioxidants and Vitamin C to help it stay smooth and avoid drying up in the summer heat.

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7. CamelBak Classic Bike Hydration Pack

Hydration packs are amazing resources for runners, hikers, cyclists and other active outdoor enthusiasts. CamelBak makes one of the best hydration packs around, holding up to 85 ounces and weighing less than half a pound on its own. It also has convenient features like a breathable back panel, leak-proof straw and reflective accents for safety.

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8. IronSeals Tactical Water Bottle Belt Carrier

If a hydration pack isn’t your style, you can use a water bottle carrier to keep your hands free. IronSeals makes a durable and lightweight nylon carrier that can connect to belts, vests and backpacks. The simple hook and loop design accommodates water bottles ranging from 500 ML to 1000 ML in size.

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9. MSR TrailShot Pocket-Sized Water Filter

For on-the-go water filtration, you won’t find a better product than MSR’s pocket-sized water filter. It has a much simpler design than other portable water filters, allowing you to use it with just one hand. It fills a one-liter bottle in just one minute and the hollow fibers inside remove 99.99% of bacteria and particulate matter.

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10. Potable Aqua Iodine Tablets

Iodine tablets are also great options for filtering dirty water. They don’t remove particulate matter, but they’re extremely effective at killing viruses and bacteria. Just put a tablet in your water bottle and it will dissolve in about 30 minutes leaving you with clean drinking water. Each bottle contains 50 tablets, and just two tablets are enough to purify one quart of water.

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11. OXO Good Grips Water Bottle Cleaning Set

Reusable water bottles are difficult to clean, especially around the bottle cap area. If you have this problem, OXO has you covered with a water bottle cleaning set. The set includes two long brush scrubs and a detail cleaner, allowing you to reach every nook and cranny of your water bottle. You can also use it to clean your reusable straws.

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12. Ausic Portable Misting Fan

What’s better than a strong oscillating fan during the summer? An oscillating fan with misting functions, of course. Ausic’s portable misting fan has everything. You can set it to three different speeds and two different misting modes — continuous and discontinuous. It also doubles as a camping lantern, with a built-in LED light and a hook to hang from tents or tree branches.

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Stay Cool This Summer

Summer is the best season for outdoor activities, but it’s also the most dangerous season for dehydration and heat exhaustion. Never underestimate the heat of June, July and August. If you’re struggling to stay hydrated, getting these 12 products will help you solve that problem and stay cool all summer long.

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