By “The Coach”
Recently I took my grandsons on a weeklong camping trip. We were going to be camping in a tent, in central Mississippi during the month of June. The weather forecast said that the temperature would be in the mid 90 degree range with 70 to 90 percent humidity all week long.
I learned a long time ago about the importance of staying hydrated. Many years ago, I spoke to my doctor about the best way to stay hydrated during the summer. She told me that in the summer humid climate of the southern United States, you should walk around with a container of water in hand at all times when you are outside conducting any activity. She also told me that by perspiring so much you lose a lot of electrolytes. It is vitally important that those electrolytes be replaced. She stated that for every 3 to 4 bottles of water you drink, you should drink something to replace the electrolytes that is lost through perspiration. She stated that if you wait till you become thirsty; you have already started to become dehydrated.
I have developed a taste for an electrolytes replacement drink called, “Gatorade” in the fruit punch flavor. I usually purchase the 3 pound, 3 ounce container of the powdered “Gatorade”. I then mix the powder in a half gallon pitcher and either place that pitcher in the refrigerator or put some ice in the pitcher. This works great when I am working around the house on “Honey Do” projects.
Just a little bit of trivia. In case you did not know, “Gatorade” was developed by the University of Florida for their football team, the “Florida Gators”. Thus the name, “Gatorade”. It worked so well for their football players, it was made commercially for the general public.
Before we left on our camping trip, we stopped at our local Wal-Mart to purchase our supplies for the week.
We picked up two (2) cases, of 36 bottles each, of 16.9 ounce bottled water. I planned on the three of us taking this bottled water in our day packs when we went hiking, fishing, swimming or any other time we did any activity away from our camp site. I then walked down the aisle to where the “Gatorade” was located. I picked up my normal 3 pound, 3 ounce container of the powdered “Gatorade”. Then something caught my eye. I noticed that “Gatorade” now made a container of 8, 1.23 ounce packs of powdered “Gatorade”. The instructions state to pour one 1.23 ounce pack into a 20 ounce bottle of water. This is the first time that I have seen this product in our Wal-Mart. So I picked up a container of 8 packs to evaluate on our camping trip.
I figured that instead of carrying just bottled water, we could carry some packs of “Gatorade” in our day packs. Then when we needed to hydrate with “Gatorade”, all we had to do is pour one, 1.23 ounce pack of “Gatorade” into one of the bottle of water that we were carrying in our day packs. This worked great for all three of us.
I know someone is going to say but Coach, the instructions say to place one 1.23 ounce pack into a 20 ounce bottle of water and you purchased 16.9 ounce bottles of water. You are correct. However, it tasted great to us.
I am sure that for the frugal minded people out there, you could buy the 3 pound, 3 ounce can of “Gatorade” power and make small zip lock bags of powdered “Gatorade”. It just seems like a lot of work to accomplish something that is already made for you.
NOTE: I DO NOT receive ANY compensation, of ANY type, from ANY company or manufacture, for mentioning ANY product, named in ANY of my articles. I write about things that work for me.
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