Posted by Sean Thompson

Beat the Heat when Traveling

Vacations at home and abroad often coincide with high temperature and humidity levels. High temperatures can cause discomfort, dehydration, heat rash and even heat stroke. It can get downright miserable. Travelers want to avoid these outcomes for obvious reasons. We’ve put together some suggestions to help you stay cool to optimize that vacation you’ve been looking forward to.

Check the Weather
Sounds like a no brainer but it’s still surprising how many travelers are so unprepared for their destination’s weather. There are very few places on the planet that you can’t get a weather report on, so make sure you do it.

The Magic of Water
Stay hydrated even if you are not active in the heat. Your body needs more water in high temperatures so start early in the day and keep it coming. It’ll reduce your core temperature. Carry water with you wherever you go.

For quick cool-offs put your wrists under cold water for 15 seconds. This will help cool your whole body as will wrapping a cool, damp cloth around your neck. Another great cooler is immersing your feet in ice water.

Eat Lighter
Most people don’t feel like eating heavy meals when heat and humidity levels run high. The food you eat heats up your body so go for lighter meals like salads, with some protein, and soups. Go light on alcohol and coffee as they dehydrate your body. Ice cream and gelato will work to cool you down!

Clothing
Pack loose fitting, lightweight and light-colored clothing. Stay away from fabrics like polyester as they’ll trap the heat. We’ve got a great selection of travel clothing in the shop that will keep you cool, keep the sweat off your body and it looks good too. Different types of heat require different types of clothing. We can help you with that.

Get yourself a wide-brimmed hat. This will help keep you cool and protect you from sunburn. You want to keep the sun off the back of your neck to help control your body temperature.

Slather on the Sunscreen
Find a sunscreen you’ll use and slather it on every couple of hours. You want to avoid sunburn as it’ll really contribute to that overheating you’re trying to bypass.

Take It Easy
Exercise, in an air-conditioned space, in the early morning or at night. If you don’t have air conditioning, find a public place that does have it, sit down with a cool beverage and recharge.

Avoid physical activity during the hottest part of the day. Have a nap, go relax in a park or chill in a cool restaurant.

Plan Your Excursions Wisely
Check ahead to see if attractions are air conditioned. Plan to go out early as the crowds and line-ups won’t be so bad. Find out if they are open when the sun goes down. This might be a good bet for enjoyment and comfort. Plan to see attractions in geographic clusters to reduce back and forth travel.

Stay cool!