All across the country, especially in our great state of Illinois, the heat has taken a disastrous turn as of late. For almost a week, the temperatures had been consistently topping in at over 100 degrees. Not only is this uncomfortable, but it is also dangerous for those exposed to it. Now more than ever, our readers need to prepare themselves for the trying weather ahead. These tips are suited for all ages, and they are to be heeded even in slightly cooler conditions.
Carry a canteen.
These water containers of old are making a comeback. Whether they are slung over your shoulder or strapped to your back, having water on the go is a must. Specific material ensures the liquid stays cool and refreshing. Tiny backpacks are available with packs that keep water cool, and they even include a hose that snakes around, so you can sneak drinks while you walk!
Wear sun block.
We know, every girl is yearning for the perfect tan, but with kind of heat and sun, it may not be so safe. Slather on some “Two-In-One” Moisturizer/Sunscreen to protect your skin for the day. Make sure it’s waterproof! Unprotected skin of all types and shades is prone to overheating and the ever-present threat of skin cancer so please be safe and apply generously.
Invest in a sunhat.
This vintage and darling look is back with a vengeance! From straw hats and big, floppy hats to a little fedora, there are a range of fashions that keep you cool as well as protect your face from the sun. Whether it is a trip to the beach or a walk outside, think twice and bring a hat!
Buy a portable fan.
These customizable little gadgets are perfect for the blazing summer heat. You can even ones that are attached to a spray bottle Plus, they can even be worn around the neck or strung over your shoulder for convenience.
Walking around in the heat on a full stomach does not sound pleasant for anyone. In this heat, it is best to eat lighter, more frequent meals. Salads are ideal, as well as cold sandwiches. Fruit and vegetables, as always, are a great choice. Avoid dairy and hot, bulky meals.
Pour water on as well as in.
This tip may have some of our readers scratching their heads. At times, the best way to stay hydrated and cool is to pour the water on yourself, not just in your mouth. If you are wearing a hat, take the hat off and pour a small portion inside then replace it atop your head. Keep spray bottles full of water nearby, and spray water to your face, arms and chest to keep your body temperature normal and cool.
Wear loose clothing.
Every college girl should have her little black dress for those special occasions. Unfortunately, the dead of summer is not the time for such ensembles. The sun is not forgiving to tight clothing, especially dark-tinted clothing. Now is the time is utilize airy t-shirts and bandeau tops, as well as pastels and other light-colored clothes.
Stay away from sugary drinks.
While soda and sport drinks may look alluring with their bright colors, water is the only beverage you should be drowning yourself in on a hot day. Even fruit juices can have hidden added sugar. Sugar and unbalanced diets can also lead to stomachaches, which can make high temperatures even more unbearable. Give the diet coke a break for the day, and drink water.
When in doubt, avoid going outside.
Some days, the best you can do to stay cool is to simply stay inside. Hanging out in an air-conditioned café or shopping at the mall can be much better than suffering in the heat. Weather stations put out heat advisories for a reason. If professionals advise against it, take a day to yourself and stay indoors.
If you must go outside, take breaks.
If you have been cooped up in your house for some time, by all means, take a walk or run. Be mindful of the time of day and where the sun is in the sky. Keep all the tips above in mind, as well. Take water breaks and sit in the shade, and never keep yourself in direct sunlight for long. Above all else: be safe!