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:
- 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.
- Use common sense. Stay out of the sun during the hottest times of the day: 10am – 4pm.
- Wear loose-fitting cotton or moisture wicking clothing, preferably of a light color.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Freeze a half-filled bottle of water and fill the rest with cool water.
- 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.
- Avoid sugary drinks, caffeine and alcohol as these can cause dehydration.
- 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.
- Bring a wash cloth to wet and apply to hot skin or purchase this very “cool” pad.
- Fill a spray bottle or a hand held battery operated spray fan to spritz yourself with a mist. Check out this personal mister.
- 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.
- Believe it or not, research has shown that eating spicy foods can help keep you cool.
- Metallic jewelry can retain heat; so, keep heat conducting accessories to a minimum.
- Wear sandals or well-worn shoes that breathe along with moisture wicking socks.
- Shade yourself from the hot sun with a wide brim hat or umbrella. Apply sunscreen.
Get Wet! Jump in the pool or ride the waves. Cooling off in the water feels great.