The 8 Best Hot Weather Walking Essentials to Buy in 2019

Devices and attire that can help beat the heat

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Walking can be inspiring in all seasons, but let's be honest: Summer can be a killer if you are not equipped with the right gear. To beat the heat, you need to consider everything from the clothes you wear to things you place on your skin.

Focus on attire with moisture-wicking properties that can draw moisture from the skin and keep you feeling cooler. You should even consider a few high-tech gadgets that can keep you comfortable and well hydrated for long distance or performance walks.

Here are seven of favorite products for keeping you a little cooler on a hot weather walk:

Our Top Picks

Icy Cool Ice Bandana

Any cowboy will tell you that the best way to keep cool is to soak a bandana in water and tie it around your neck.

This cooling collar from Icy Cool takes that concept a step further. Simply place the neoprene insulated tube in the freezer and tie it loosely around the neck whenever you are in the heat. Almost immediately, you will feel up to 20 ​degrees cooler than the surrounding air.

The terrycloth covering sits softly around the neck and keeps your skin from getting too cold. It is available in blue, camouflage, pink, red, orange, and gray. Better yet it comes two to a pack so you can wear one and have another one chilling for later.

Camelbak Podium Chill Water Bottle

Camelbak Podium Chill Insulated Water Bottle
Camelbak Podium Chill Insulated Water Bottle. Courtesy of

Water stays cooler longer in this high-tech insulated water bottle from Camelbak. It keeps water chilled up to four times longer than regular bottles and twice as long as other insulated brands without additional weight or bulk. It is BPA-free and equipped with a self-closing spout and lock-off switch to prevent leakage.

Columbia Sportswear Coolhead Hat

Columbia Coolhead Cap
Columbia Coolhead Cap. Wendy Bumgardner ©

These nifty baseball-style caps from Columbia Sportswear keep your head cooler by placing a cooling polymer inside the inner rim of the hat. The Omni-Freeze ZERO fabric is more efficient than many evaporative systems in that it uses your own sweat to keep the cool air flowing.

The Columbia Coolhead series also comes in a visor model and Cachalot model with a bill and a neck drape. They tend to work best in lower-humidity climates but can benefit any walker by providing UPF 50 sun protection thanks to the patented Omni-Shade fabric.

Arctic Cool Cooling Shirt

Arctic Cool has cooling shirts in designs for both men and women. The shirt is made of polyester and spandex and technology that they say wicks and disperses your sweat so it will rapidly evaporate. This evaporation results in cooling. The shirts are designed to hug your skin so there can be the greatest cooling effect. This might not work well in humid climates where evaporation may take longer or if you are not sweating. However, even without this enhanced effect the shirts are well-designed summer walking or running shirts. They also provide UPF 50 sun protection for your skin.

Body Glide Anti-Chafing Balm

Body Glide Anti-Chafe Balm
Body Glide Anti-Chafe Balm. Courtesy of

Hot weather walking can place stress on the skin as body salts quickly accumulate and act as an abrasive. To avoid this, use Body Glide Anti-Chafing Balm anywhere you are likely to chafe or blister including the underarms, thighs, crotch, chest, nipples, and feet.

BodyGlide is applied like a deodorant stick and is petroleum- and lanolin-free, meaning that it goes on smoothly without clogging the pores.

Tasc Performance Bamboo Fabric Clothing

Tasc Performance Shirt
Tasc Performance Shirt. Courtesy of

Bamboo fiber clothing has great moisture-wicking properties and is able to draw sweat from the skin for quicker evaporation. Unlike linen, which has the same properties, bamboo is soft and smooth with none of the irritating slubs found in flax-based fabrics.

The entire Tasc Performance Bamboo collection is beautifully tailored, from their extensive line of underwear and sports bras to their wide range of outerwear and athletic clothing. The line is very modern and boasts a stylish palette comprised of blacks, grays, neutrals, and pastels.

Ultimate Direction Water-Carrying Fanny Pack

Ultimate Direction Access 20
Ultimate Direction Access 20. Courtesy of

The Ultimate Direction Water-Carrying Fanny Pack is the ideal way to carry just enough water for a fast endurance walk or marathon day. The slanted opening offers easy access without breaking stride. There is even a zippered pocket to store your keys, smartphone, and ID.

The Ultimate Direction Fanny Pack comes in either a single- or dual- bottle version. The 0.6-liter bottle has a kicker valve and a mouth big enough to add ice. That is a significant advantage over carrying small-mouthed single-use water bottles.

Adventure Medical Blister Medic Kit

BlisterMedic Kit
BlisterMedic Kit. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

You are more likely to get foot blisters in the summer as the heat and sweat can soften already vulnerable skin.

The Adventure Medical Blister Medic Kit is just the thing to bring whenever hiking or backpacking. It includes strip bandages, knuckle bandages, antiseptic towelettes, moleskin, Spenco Second Skin molefoam, non-woven adhesive, antibiotic ointment, and a folding scissors all packed in a handy waterproof container.


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