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Summer is tourist season. This is the time when people get some time off from school and work and can go visit other countries. But while traveling without having to worry about rain or snow is a great proposition, summer can be quite hot especially in certain regions. If you’re not careful and try to manage your fluid levels and the heat you might even suffer from a heat stroke, which will definitely put a damper on your vacation.
Here are some things you can do to manage the summer heat while you’re traveling:
Mist up and hydrate
You need to keep cool in order to handle the heat of summer. One of the best ways to do is to bring an atomizer filled with water with you. Whenever you feel hot just spritz it on your face to help cool your skin and hydrate it. Remember to empty the atomizer if you’re going through airport security. Just fill it up with water when you’re out of the airport.
Always bring a bottle of water with you and drink regularly even if you don’t feel very thirsty. You need to keep up your hydration levels especially if you’ve been sweating a lot.
Layer your clothes
There are countries and regions where temperature changes can be a little drastic – what can be an extremely hot day could suddenly turn nippy. Layer your clothes so that you can add or subtract layer depending on what the temperature is outside. Layering also works when you’re in transit. The airplane can be quite hot while boarding but could be positively freezing during the middle of the flight.
Bring as few items with you when you’re traveling. Nothing can make you sweat profusely than lugging around a heavy bag. If you can, have your luggage shipped so you won’t have to worry about carrying it while in transit. When walking around during your sight-seeing, also bring as few things as possible.
Move away from crowds
Expect a lot of people in tourist sites especially during the peak tourist season. The huge crowd is going to raise the temperature so if you’re feeling warm get out of the crowds and wait for it to thin out. If the crowd is huge, or if you’re stuck and can’t get out, do remove a few layers of clothing and keep drinking water from your water bottle. As a precautionary measure, if you are traveling with kids don’t even attempt to bring them to areas with large crowds. Just give it a pass and go to other places that are not as crowded.
Protect your skin
If you’re going to be out in the sun for a long time remember to put on sunscreen. Remember that excessive exposure to sunlight may increase your chances of getting a skin disease. It can also contribute to premature aging.
Derek Gallimore is the owner of Boutique London Lets, a company that rents out holiday apartments in London.
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