Triple Digit Heat: Staying Cool When It’s Hot Outside

by Justin on July 10, 2012

Tips for staying cool

Tips for staying cool

The last week here has been pretty sweltering. The official temperature for a couple of days was 104 and above. Most of the time we spent indoors but we did venture out some into the heat. The picture above is from my indoor/outdoor thermometer. This picture was taken when the sun was on the outdoor sensor. But it did feel like it was that hot outside. Here are some tips to beating the hot summer heat:

  1. Drink plenty of water
  2. Take frequent breaks
  3. Don’t do strenuous work if possible
  4. Rub ice cubes on your wrist, back of neck, and behind your knees
  5. Eat small meals and eat them more often.
  6. Wear light colored cotton clothes.
  7. Avoid alcohol because it dehydrates your body.
  8. The night before you will be going out dampen some towels and place them in the freezer.
  9. Go outdoors in the morning or evening hours, avoiding the mid-day heat.
  10. This one isn’t for the humans but a reminder: if you have a pet and they are outside make sure they have fresh water to drink. Do not want to forget about our furry friends.

Do you have any other tips? Feel free to add yours in the comments. I enjoy hearing from Great Wild Outdoors readers. Thanks!

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