In most locations around the world August is hot. Several cities throughout the globe have been experiencing scorching temperatures in the 80’s, 90’s and even the 100 degree range (Fahrenheit). Heat is related to hundreds of weather related deaths. During this time of year it is important to know how to beat the heat during the warm months. It is especially important for travelers going to locations that have heat they are not accustom to in their home country to know how to handle the change.
Here are a few key tips suggested by the World Health Organization to beat the heat when the temperature begins to rise:
Drink lots of water.
Luckily our bodies have an internal cooling system. When we get hot we are able to stabilize and cool ourselves down. One way we are able to do this is by sweating. This is why it is so important to drink lots of liquids. What has been lost in the attempt to keep you cool will need to be replenished.
Wear loose clothes that are made from cotton. Cotton is a breathable fabric and promotes air circulation. Having the breeze will assist in keeping you as cool as possible.
Try to stay in the shade.
With the sun beating down it can increase the temperate and risk of dehydration. Try to walk along shaded paths or bring along a sun umbrella when shade is not available to escape from the sun.
Although alcohol is a liquid, it works the opposite way of water and can assist in dehydration. Try to limit the amount of alcohol consumed while out in the heat.
Keep an eye on the weather and take note of any heat advisories in your area. If your travel destination has a warning out, it is best to prepare ahead of time to beat the heat.
If you will be traveling somewhere outside of your home country to soak up the sun, you will want to make sure you prepare for the heat and have international travel insurance for your journey. Contact one of our licensed agents today to find a plan that is right for you. Stay cool!