Perhaps you’re exploring the national parks this summer, or taking that long-awaited Caribbean and Mediterranean cruise. No matter where you go, you’re going to want to find ways to beat the heat, so we’ve assembled a few ways to stay cool when the sun’s trying to melt the pavement.
Avoid the Heat of the Day
Most days will be at their hottest between 10 am and 4 pm. Instead of overheating outside, these are the times to explore some of your destination’s indoor attractions. Go shopping in air-conditioned comfort, visit a museum, or find a cool shady spot for a nap. Going swimming is a great way to beat the midday heat—but be sure to wear sunblock and find somewhere shady afterwards.
In hot weather you sweat more—it’s your body’s way of cooling your skin down as the sweat evaporates. The more you sweat, the more you need to replenish your body’s liquid reserves. Drink enough water to stay hydrated (tea, fruit juice, and sodas also help keep you hydrated). A reusable water bottle is a great vacation investment.
Light fitting, light colored clothing helps keep you cool in the summer—and keeps you comfortable during guided bus tours. Choose clothing made from cotton or other materials designed to wick sweat away from your body. A large-brimmed hat also helps beat the heat.
Approximately a quarter of the body’s sweat glands are on our feet. Wearing sandals or breathable shoes will help keep you cool throughout the day.
Eat Cool or Cold Food
At lunchtime, avoid hot foods in favor of cold servings. Melons, seasonal fruit, salads, and (of course) ice cream help keep you from overheating. Seasonal fruits also help keep you hydrated.
Relaxing river cruises in France and bus tours through the National Parks of the western United States are designed to be relaxing, but a searingly hot day can still drain your energy. Keep the weather in mind as you plan your day’s activities.
A spray bottle of cold water, a battery-powered mister, or a cooling towel can all help keep the heat at bay—or provide a quick way to cool off when the sun beats down.
Sunblock won’t do anything to keep you cool while you’re exploring the Rocky Mountains, but it will help you avoid a painful sunburn, which can seriously limit how much you enjoy your vacation. Wear sunscreen to protect your skin, and don’t forget to shield your eyes with a pair of ultraviolet-blocking sunglasses.
Have fun on your vacation, and remember, when it gets hot, the air-conditioned comfort of a hotel room, tour bus, or ocean liner cabin is always an option!