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12 Cool Things To Remember When It's HOT!

Evelyn Hannon

What do you do when the weather refuses to cooperate with your holiday plans? You organized your vacation a year ago never suspecting that a heat wave will push temperatures to the 35c (100f) - 40c (120f) degree level at your destination. Sightseeing in the heat can be tiring and terribly uncomfortable but there are many 'cool' things you can do to fight it.


1 Pack loose white clothing made from natural fibers. It's a fact that white clothing reflects rather than absorbs sunlight and heat. True you will have more post-trip laundry but it will be well worth the effort.
1 Often we are standing in one place listening to a tour guide or sitting outside watching an event. At that point, any type of overhead protection offers a respite from unrelenting heat. That's why I suggest you carry a light, collapsible, umbrella that will provide you with. at least, some portable shade from the sun.
1 Make sure to wear your sunglasses. Of course, that won't keep you cool but it will certainly protect your eyes and you will look cool. No harm in that, is there?
1 Wear a hat with a wide brim. Look for natural fibers like cotton or straw. Synthetics will trap the heat your body creates and will severely increase your discomfort.
1 Be that mysterious, elegant woman that carries a fan in her bag. Use it as needed. Men's heads will turn and other women will think, 'Why didn't I think of that?'
1 Plan ahead! Carry a light wool pashmina to throw over your shoulders to combat cold air in air conditioned tour buses, museums and restaurants.
1 Pack a child's water bottle. It's smaller and lighter to carry. Or, if you have a big water bottle. Just fill it half way, otherwise it's too heavy to carry in your bag. Keep sipping and refill as necessary.
1 Don't forget a good sun screen. I suggest using '30' protection. That way you'll still get a tiny bit of tan but you won't get wrinkles.
1 Carry a wash cloth in a plastic bag. Wet it and pat down the hottest parts of you as often as necessary (your choice of parts).
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Learn from cultures who live in hot climates. Start your day early before the extreme heat and stay out of the hottest sun between 11AM -3:00PM. That's the perfect time to enjoy a lovely, leisurely lunch, perhaps read a book or take a tiny nap. Re-energize yourself and soon you'll be ready to head outside again.

pink ice cream=This next tip makes great sense but often we are too busy looking at all the new things around us to remember it. Simply be aware and always walk on the shadier side of the street.

Finally, hurray for ice cream! Check this list for some of the best ice cream parlours in Europe. Click! And enjoy, everybody!

 

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