How to stay safe from the heat while travelling

 Monday, August 29, 2022 

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Travelling can be both fascinating and tiresome since it involves an abrupt change of climate. Every aspect of travel, including rushing to and from airports, sightseeing, housing, health concerns, exercising, and even the most fundamental things like getting enough sleep at night, can be negatively impacted by high temperatures and humidity, and thus unfortunately cause dehydration.

What is the way to beat the heat and save the travel from skidding to a halt then?

Keep hydrated

The first and the most obvious tip is to stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water. Hot weather and direct sunlight can be outright dangerous. Visitors may wind up in the hospital due to dehydration, sunstroke, or heat exhaustion. Besides losing water when we perspire, foul substances from our body, our bodies also lose electrolytes, critical in regulation of numerous biological processes. It’s imperative that you replace both the water lost and electrolytes with oral rehydration salts or fruit drinks for immediate action.

Dress light

Next, the mostly overlooked but equally crucial step: dressing in airy, light clothing. Clothing made up of rayon, cotton, or linen is ideal for the summer and the skin. It is best to refrain from using synthetic materials; instead, use fabrics that are airy, permit heat transfer, and absorb perspiration. Light apparel in pastel shades is significantly preferable than the heavier, darker ones. Likewise, choose loose-fitting clothes to let air flow against the skin. For instance, many health professionals advise wearing extremely light long sleeve shirts instead of T-shirts. It is also better to use sunglasses as well.

Stay cool

Do not use a fan as your chief source of cooling. Fans produce air flow and a fictitious sensation of comfort, but they have little effect on body temperature or the development of heat-related disorders. Use drapes or blinds to block out direct sunlight and lower the temperature of your air conditioners. Stay indoors on the lowest floor in a well-ventilated location if air conditioning is not available. Close the curtains and drapes. Place a tray or dish of ice in front of a fan to swiftly cool the space if air conditioners are not accessible.

Use sunscreen regularly

Getting sun-burned, especially at the start of a journey, can ruin all the fun of travelling. Every time while going outside, apply some high-quality sunscreen, preferably one with an SPF of at least 30. Applying sunscreen occasionally is another solution to prevent dehydration as exposure to the sun can cause loss of body fluids and even cause skin problems.

When travelling, it is advisable to avoid the hottest part of the day by staying indoors during the midday sun. There’s a reason why people take a midday nap in many Asian, Mediterranean, and Latin American nations: it’s too hot to do anything outside, especially during 1-4pm.

It is not a good idea to consume heavy meals when it is hot outside. Food that takes a long time to digest will make

you feel worse because the digestion process in our bodies produces heat. Choose hydrating items like fruits and vegetables instead. Also, avoid drinking alcohol, sugary soda, coffee, energy drinks, or other caffeinated beverages, as they dehydrate you! Last, but not the least, eat small meals and in frequent intervals. Eat food with nutrients (not empty carbs) and also with higher water content.

Have regular cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water every now and then.

Some people have a higher chance of falling sick than others. Elderly people, children, and those with chronic illnesses are more susceptible to developing heat-related illnesses and succumbing to them more quickly. But spending too much time in the heat can cause illnesses related to the heat, even in young, healthy people.

Travelling is all about taking time to explore, observing people, and interacting with locals —you can learn so much more about the destination than just snapping photos of the famous landmarks in a rush. And that’s why, last but not the least, slow travelling is another vital checker on the list.

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