Be Cool: 7 Ways to Escape the Heat this Summer

Few things can ruin sightseeing faster than a blistering hot day of sweat and fatigue. The Dog Days of Summer will be here in just a matter of time, which is when many of us will be vacationing in the sunshine. So when the thermometers start hitting triple digits, how are you going to overcome the heat?

Here are a few tips to make sure even your hottest trips with Global Discovery Vacations stay cool:

Drink Water

You sweat to stay cool. And in order to sweat, you need water. Staying hydrated should be your number one priority this summer.

Wear Loose, Bright Clothing

Sweating is just part one of the cooling process, the important part is when that sweat evaporates. Just make sure your skin has airflow and that you wear bright-colored clothing since dark clothing absorbs more heat. If you are planning on wearing a pair of skinny black jeans this summer, you might want to reconsider.

Bring Your Own Shade

Hats, umbrellas, hats with umbrellas, and other forms of shade can help ease the fury of the blazing sun. Walk under awnings, bridges and other structures providing shade as much as you can.

Be the Early Bird

There are multiple advantages to visiting attractions as soon as they open: smaller crowds, a cleaner environment and, if it’s outdoors, cooler temperatures. The hottest part of the day is between noon and 3:00 p.m., so do as much as you can before then.

You can also choose to venture out when the weather cools off in the evening, though you’ll need to be conscious of closing time.

Seek Out Indoor Attractions

The most outdoorsy adventurers often prefer to avoid the indoors out of principle, but if the heat is just too much and too dangerous, seek refuge in the likes of museums and amphitheaters. No matter where you’re spending your vacation, there’s bound to be something you can do without having to endure the elements. Air conditioning is a tremendous gift.

Keep Off of Blacktops

Asphalt does an impressive job of retaining heat and sending it right back up at you. Instead of letting the sun cook you in the city streets on a hot day, opt for a shady park, breezy mountains or other temperate landscapes.

Man and boy (10-12) running in sea

Embrace Pools, Water Parks, Beaches

It’s one of the basic rules of nature: water beats fire. So when you’re hot, you won’t find better refreshment than jumping in a pool of soothing water. But you’re on vacation, so you’re probably already going for a splash.

Traveling is a lot more comfortable when you aren’t enduring 95-degree and above temperatures. When you’re looking to beat the heat this summer, remember to avoid the hottest areas during the hottest parts of the day and give your body all the tools it needs to cool.

How do you stay cool during the summer? Let us know in the comments below!

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.