From Brian Ford of Hikebyfaith.com:
I receive emails and messages regularly from novice hikers or those thinking about hiking, asking questions and seeking tips. A question I’ve been asked recently has been about water. Yes, a simple, but sometimes overlooked item of importance when preparing for a hike.
Don’t even think of starting on a hike that takes you more than a mile from home without a bottle of water along. You should have at least two quarts of water with you and drink 1/2 to 1 cup every 30 to 45 minutes. Keep the water coming into your body even if you don’t really feel very thirsty. If you are hiking, you are losing moisture and you need to replenish it, even in the winter months. –read more