Travel Tip Tuesday: 15 Ways to Stay Cool on Vacation This Summer

No matter where you’re headed for vacation this year, plan ahead and be prepared to beat the heat. Here are some general tips to stay safe and cool:

  1. Keep an eye on young children and the elderly, as they are more prone to overheating. If you think someone may be suffering from heat stroke call 911. Here is a link with info.
  2. Use common sense. Stay out of the sun during the hottest times of the day: 10am – 4pm.
  3. Wear loose-fitting cotton or moisture wicking clothing, preferably of a light color.
  4. Drink plenty of fluids. Freeze a half-filled bottle of water and fill the rest with cool water.
  5. Freeze reusable gel packs or fill zip lock bags with ice and place in a cooler to keep water bottles cold. Keeping hydrated is essential to avoiding heat stroke.
  6. Avoid sugary drinks, caffeine and alcohol as these can cause dehydration.
  7. Apply cold water or ice to your pulse points including your wrists, temples, neck, inner arms and behind your knees. Put your hands under running water to cool down.
  8. Bring a wash cloth to wet and apply to hot skin or purchase this very “cool” pad.
  9. Fill a spray bottle or a hand held battery operated spray fan to spritz yourself with a mist. Check out this personal mister.
  10. Graze on light, fresh, non-greasy foods that are easy to digest. Avoid big meals or heavy fast foods. Eat smaller portions of salads, cold protein, fruit and juicy melons instead.
  11. Believe it or not, research has shown that eating spicy foods can help keep you cool.
  12. Metallic jewelry can retain heat; so, keep heat conducting accessories to a minimum.
  13. Wear sandals or well-worn shoes that breathe along with moisture wicking socks.
  14. Shade yourself from the hot sun with a wide brim hat or umbrella. Apply sunscreen.
  15. Get Wet! Jump in the pool or ride the waves. Cooling off in the water feels great.

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