Start chugging water! It’s the 23rd of June or what some people may know as National Hydration Day. The United States celebrates this annual event to help promote proper hydration. National Hydration Da was started to commemorate the late Victor Hawkins, a football coach and the brains behind the hydrating mouthguard. His invention, which became necessary for his players to remain hydrated and healthy while playing, is currently being sold by SafeTGard. It is the same company that started National Hydration Day in honor of Hawkins.
It’s easy ti understand why we need to celebrate National Hydration Day. What many are curious is how they can celebrate the occasion. Below are some of the ways you can promote National Hydration Day.
The most obvious way to celebrate National Hydration Day is to pop open that bottle of water and drink. That’s not a one-time thing though. Men need 3.7 liters of fluids each day while women should drink around 2.7 liters, according to the National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Others say two liters or half a gallon of water is enough for a day. That’s equivalent to eight glasses with eight ounces of water.
Use post-it notes or a phone app to remind yourself to hydrate all day. Keep doing this until it becomes second nature to drink at specific times of the day. Even if you’re out, you shouldn’t forget to drink often. Bring your own water bottle so you don’t have to worry if there’s no store nearby.
The Beautiful Pirate Princess Water Bottle should bring a smile to your thirsty lips. The lightweight stainless steel bottle can hold up to 20 ounces of fluid, which should keep them hydrated while out for a walk or run. The leak proof cap will make sure they don’t waste a single drop while running or just scampering around the city.
Encourage Others to Stay Hydrated
A celebration is no fun if you’re all alone. Tell friends and family to celebrate National Hydration Day by drinking enough fluids. A simple text message reminding them to freshen up with a glass or bottle of cold water should be enough. It also tells them you care enough to make sure they’re hydrated and healthy.
Another way to encourage people to drink lots of fluids each day is to get them a nice water bottle or travel mug as a present. You don’t need an occasion to give out gifts. The fact that you care should warrant them such lovely presents.
The Not All Treasure Is Silver And Gold Travel Mug is a good gift idea for people who love war or hot drinks. The 15 ounce travel mug is made of insulated stainless steel that keeps its content hot. The top rack dishwasher safe mug also comes with a removable lid and wraparound prints. Oh and contrary to what some may believe, coffee and tea are not dehydrating.
Share On Social Media
Increase awareness by posting about National Hydration Day on social media. If you have Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or other social media platforms, use it to promote proper hydration. A simple quote or photo of you drinking with the #NationalHydrationDay should help the cause.
Protect and Save Mother Earth
We get our water from the environment. But at the rate human beings are destroying Mother Earth, water and other natural resources will eventually run out. It may not be during our lifetime but it is completely possible in the future.
There’s still time to change our ways, though. And we need everyone’s help to take core of our only planet and make sure our children’s children will still have water to drink.
Start by conserving water. Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth or shaving. Repair all leaks. Take shorter baths. Use dirty bath water to clean your car. Stop flushing cigarettes and other trash down the toilet. Use vegetables wash to water plants. There are lots of ways you can save water. Just be smart and use your imagination.
Take things a bit further and inform people around you of the reasons why we need to save water and protect the environment. And since it is National Hydration Day, remind them of the benefits of hydrating on their health, as well.
What you do at home to help save water may not be enough to truly protect the environment. If not for the pandemic, you could start a drive that would gather like-minded people to go out and clean rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water. Since mass gatherings are prohibited for now, you can do your part on your own or with your immediate family. Others can join in as long as everyone keeps their distance and wear masks. They should also bring their own water bottles so they can hydrate without risking the possible spread of the virus.
As important as water is to every living thing on the planet, the sources are limited. In fact, droughts have become more prevalent in recent years. According to the World Health Organization, around 55 million people are affected by drought. By 2030, up to 700 million people could be displaced by drought.
Such scary figures should be reason enough for you to have an emergency water supply. The first thing you can do is to store water. Invest on large containers that will keep the water safe and clean.
WaterBrick Stackable Containers are made of BPA-free High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic shaped into brick-like vessels that measures 18 x 9 x 6 inches and weighs 2.52 pounds each. The mouth measures 3 1/4 inches, which is wide enough for easy filling. Inside are two interior conical reinforcement columns. The bricks carries up to 3.5 gallons each and are easily stacked thanks to the male and female attachments. The recommended stacking height is four feet.
Aside from the water you have already stored, you need additional containers that you can fill up in the event of an emergency. The WaterBOB Emergency Drinking Water Storage is popular among preppers because it takes up very little space when not in use but can hold up to 100 gallons of drinking water. Once filled, the WaterBOB keeps the water clean and safe to drink. Water you collect in an open bathtub or any large container may get contaminated with dirt and debris so a WaterBOB will go a long way in keeping you hydrated during emergencies.
Coghlan’s 5 Gallon Collapsible Water Container is another option for your emergency water supply. The collapsible container also takes up little space but expands to take up five gallons of clean water. Like the WaterBOB, you can fill the collapsible container when the need arises. You can also take it with you when camping or going for a long drive. Make sure you have some in your bug out bag.
Speaking of emergencies, you should also keep emergency water pouches handy. Keep them in your prepper pantry, bug out bags, everyday carry kit, car emergency kits, get home bags, and practically every survival kit you have. Even if there is no emergency, you can drink one in case you get thirsty with no store in sight.
SOS Emergency Purified Drinking Water Pouches keeps for at least five years so you can store them that long. The US Coast Guard-approved emergency water undergoes Ultra Temperature Pasteurization (UHT) process then sealed in sterile 4.225 ounce pouches. Each box contains 96 pouches giving you more than three gallons of drinking water.
Have Some Fun Under the Sun
As mentioned, National Hydration Day came to be because Coach Hawkins wanted his players to stay hydrated during football games. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s unlikely that you can play an actual football game or any other team sport for that matter any time soon. Still, you can spend some time outdoors to commemorate Coach Hawkins invention.
Don’t forget to wear your mask and practice social distancing when you do go out. Avoid touching surfaces where the coronavirus may have settled. Bring a disinfectant like an alcohol spray so you can clean your hands every now and then. Finally, bring water or sports drinks to stay hydrated.
When you’re out on a hike or on a camping trip in the wild, it’s vital to have ample supply of clean, drinking water. The Quench Hydration Bladder by Frog & CO is enough for a short run or a day hike. The BPA-free water bladder is lightweight and fits any backpack so bringing it won’t be an issue.
When you are planning on an extended foray into the outdoors, you can only carry so much. A hydration bladder and a full water bottle may not be enough. You need a personal water filter so you can stay hydrated even if your supply runs out. Of course, you need to find a source of water like a stream, lake or muddy water.
The LifeStraw Personal Water Filter is one of the most popular in its field. This portable survival tool filters 99.99% of bacteria, parasites, and fine particles allowing you to drink water that you normally won’t even touch.
The Time Magazine “Best Invention of 2005” measures 8.8 inches and weighs only two ounces making it easy to carry wherever you go. Make sure you have one so you can always stay hydrated.
If you’re with a group, you probably don’t want to share your personal water filter unless you’re with loved ones. Whatever the case, you could use a portable water filter that can provide potable water for everyone.
The Katadyn Vario Water Microfilter does exactly that. The lightweight water purifier can filter up to two liters of water each minute. This is made possible by three kinds of filters. The ceramic pre-filter gets rid of large debris such as sediments while the charcoal filter improves the taste and smell of the dirty water. Finally, the glass filter removes hazardous chemicals and pathogens from the water. The Vario water filter features an adaptable screw on top that easily hooks up to most water containers. The camel-back hose adaptor lets you filter water directly into the containers.
Since you won’t last long without water, you need everything that could help you from dehydration. Aside from bringing ample water and having a personal water filter, you should also take water purification tablets to your outdoor adventure.
A bottle of Potable Aqua Water Purification Tablets provides two weeks’ worth of clean water. They kill bacteria, viruses and other water born contaminants. The iodine tables have a shelf life of at least three years.
I’m pretty sure real-life pirates would have preferred having clean water than just grog during their adventures. A lot of them probably suffered from dehydration despite being surrounded by water most of their lives. Unlike the pirates of yore, we are more prepared for whatever troubles we face including dehydration. As a way to celebrate National Hydration Day, you can try some if not all of the suggested activities above. If you have another brilliant way to celebrate the importance of hydration and overall health, please tell us in the comment section. We here at Gentleman Pirate Club would be interested to know what.