Texas State Parks are a great place to explore this summer. Whether you're heading out with friends or with family; with over 90 Texas State Parks there is always something fun to do. But if you do plan on getting some hiking, biking, or camping in this summer there are a few things you can do to help your trip be a safe trip.

While this week it's been relatively cool, thank you rain, soon temperatures will soar back into the triple-digits, which of course is much more normal this time of year in The Lone Star State.

Experts from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department have shared their top five heat hacks for staying safe on the trails during the summer months.

  1. Hydrate- It’s important to drink at least 16 ounces of water every hour in the heat to replenish your body and prevent dehydration. Don’t forget your four-legged family members and make sure to bring enough water for them.
  2. Dress Smart- Wear light, loose-fitting, breathable clothing, a hat, correct shoes, sunscreen and wet bandanas to keep you cool while in the sun.
  3. Stay Salty- Food helps keep up energy and replace salt lost from sweating. Snacks such as jerky, granola, trail mix, tuna and dried fruit are a fantastic way to nourish your body while on the trails.
  4. Buddy System- Two brains are better than one. It’s beneficial to have someone with you in hot conditions so you can look after each other on the trail. With high temperatures hitting Texas, heat-related illnesses are common and having a friend around to help recognize the early symptoms can save you from getting sick.
  5. Plan Ahead- Study the map and have it with you. Average hikers move at 2 miles per hour, allow yourself plenty of time to avoid hiking in the heat of the day. Make sure to rest in cool or shaded area to recover from the heat if necessary. It is also a good idea to let someone know your plan before you hit the trails and what time you should be back. That way, if you become lost, people know where to look.

If you're looking for an activity you can visit the Texas State Parks calendar here. If you don't even know where your closest state park is, this link is for you.

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