I'm wondering if I've got enough water in my bug out bag.
Well, I'm sure I don't.
Started the day with a glass of soda. The glass says it's
30 ounces. Bit of water with my tooth brushing, and some to
take my allergy pill.
Took with me, 4 eaches 24 ounce soda bottles of water. I
had drunk them all down, by 3 PM or so. Stopped at a rest
area, and filled two of them. Drank part of one, on the way
home. Got home, and filled two more 24 ounce bottles. (Used
maybe one of them in the next couple hours). Got home, and
just pouring down a 30 ounce water glass of water with a
trace of apple juice. I'm thirsty enough to down another one
over the course of the evening, easily.
I'm too tired and dry to figure out how much that was.
He should also watch out for hyponatremia. You don't want to be
over-hydrating without consuming enough sodium. This has become a
problem with the advent of products like the Camelbak, and the "hydrate
or die" mantra. I took wilderness first aid this past weekend, and one
of the scenarios we had to diagnose looked like heat exhaustion, but was
actually hyponatremia because it's becoming more common among
backpackers, skiers, and other athletes.
A body can only absorb water at a certain limited rate. Not only that,
buy trying to work on a stomach full of sloshing water can be very
Also, when on a job, you can't always stop to take a drink whenever
you feel like it.
As far as cavities are concerned, that's another reason I avoid sugary
drinks, and sugary drinks are going to do far more damage to a person's
teeth than a dry mouth ever will.
Well, I was never a real worker, but my brother was a carpenter.
During the summer he would get up early to go to work and take
3 gallons of water when he left. When he finished the water he
packed up and went home, where he drank plenty more water and made
sure he got some salt. As far as I know he never had any heat
For eight years I've been adding 1/2 tsp of magnesium sulfate per pint
of drinking water. I've found it a better way than pills to absorb
magnesium. It's tastier and more refreshing than plain water and costs
a dollar a year.
I used to drink soda pop every day. If I opened a 2-liter bottle, it
would be gone in 24 hours. I've bought only two bottles in the last
eight years. One of the benefits of magnesium is that it took away my
craving. It helps me burn sugar with less insulin from my pancreas, and
insulin can cause a craving for sugar. ( I still like sugar in a cup of
coffee or tea, but that's 2% of the sugar in 2 liters of cola. )
People who have worked with me in hot weather have told me I don't
sweat. Salt reduces evaporation, so salty skin can make a person hot
and sticky unless he sweats enough to flush the salt onto the ground.
If I can avoid getting salty, I stay cooler and drier.
My sodium intake may be only 400mg a day. That reduces the accumulation
of salt on my skin. On a hot, humid day, I may shower and change shirts
two or three times a day.
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