Mother’s Day can be an opportune time for a hike, like in Honey Bee Canyon on Tucson’s northwest side.

Ann Brown / Arizona Daily Star

It’s Mother’s Day, and if you want do something other than brunch, flowers or candy, you might be considering a hike.

But before you head out, take heed to avoid heat-related illness and make the most of your day.

  • Know your (and mom’s) limits and don’t push yourselves beyond your training level.
  • Stick to well-marked trails and give uphill hikers the right of way.
  • Avoid the hottest part of the day.
  • Let someone know where you’re going and when you expect to return.
  • Take plenty of water; plan approximately one liter per hour. Drink before you’re thirsty.
  • Eat. Food is fuel, pack a picnic or some snacks.
  • Wear shirts, pants and a hat that protect from the sun, as well as sunglasses and sunscreen.
  • Carry a fully charged cell phone.
  • Take a basic first aid kit
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