Regardless of whether we are vacationing in the mountains, at the seaside or at home – there are a few rules that you should keep in mind throughout the summer, especially if it is as hot as this year’s. We have compiled a list of 10 tips that will help you survive hot days in health and well-being. And then it only remains to enjoy your mind on vacation!
- Drink water regularly
In hot weather it is very important to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. It’s best to give up carbonated and sweetened drinks and put on water. Let’s drink it regularly and in small sips. Feeling thirsty is already a signal that we are dehydrated. Remember to remind your children about frequent drinking – their body becomes dehydrated faster due to its lower weight.
- Cover your head
Staying in the sun for too long can be dangerous to your health. That is why it is worth remembering about the headgear that will protect us from sunlight. We can decide on a cap, hat or a handkerchief. When choosing a hat, pay attention to the material from which it is made – natural, skin-friendly materials and bright colors that reflect light will work well. A cap or a hat has an additional advantage – they will keep the sun’s rays from reaching your eyes.
- Wear appropriate clothes
We associate the heat with exposing the body, but contrary to appearances, on hot days a fitted dress with straps will not be a good choice. Exposing the body in hot weather causes the sun to have a stronger effect on the skin. Tight clothes just make us hot. It is best to choose clothes in light colors and made of natural fabrics such as linen or cotton. Comfortable footwear is also the basis: sandals with wide belts, flip-flops, as well as sneakers and espadrilles.
- Use creams with a UV filter
A cream with a UV filter will protect us against burns and irritations. Let’s choose the right filter – too low can burn us. It is best to sunbathe gradually and start with a cream with a higher filter, 30 or 50 will be appropriate. It is important to use it 20-30 minutes before going out in the sun, because only after this time the cosmetic will start working. Pay special attention to the shoulders, knees and face, because they are the ones who sunbathe most quickly. Repeat the application of the cream with the filter every 2-4 hours. Also, do not forget to reapply the cosmetic after leaving the water, even if it is waterproof.
- Wear safety glasses
Intense radiation does not have a positive effect on our eyesight. Be careful when buying glasses – those without filters, only with tinted lenses, can damage your eyesight. That is why it is important that the glasses we choose have the right filter.
- Don’t forget to eat
High temperatures reduce our appetite. However, we should not give up eating, as it can have dire consequences. It is important to remember about regular meals even in hot weather. Let’s focus on easily digestible meals made of seasonal products. Fruits and vegetables will be a great choice. No idea for light snacks? Here are some easy recipes: Summer on a plate – recipes for summer snacks.
Remember to refrigerate food in hot weather. It breaks down faster in high temperatures and eating it can cause health problems.
- Avoid the leaf beetle
While enjoying the summer, it would be difficult to avoid sunbathing. However, staying in the sun for too long can lead to malaise, headaches and even a stroke. Therefore, if possible, avoid going out into the sun between 10 am and 4 pm, when its action is at its strongest. However, if we have to, let’s look for shaded places. Being among the plants will also bring relief. On the hottest days, we should choose parks and other green places for walks.
- Air the rooms
The rooms in which we stay are best ventilated in the morning or in the evening, when the temperature is not so high. In the hottest moments of the day, when it is warmer outside than inside the building, it is better to close the windows and even shade them. To improve air circulation, we can use fans.
- Use preparations against mosquitoes and ticks
Mosquitoes and ticks can make our holidays unpleasant. While a mosquito bite only itches unpleasantly, ticks can be dangerous. Therefore, let’s not underestimate this topic and properly protect ourselves, both when going on a holiday trip and for a walk in the park. There are child-friendly preparations available on the market that contain natural oils – they are safe for the skin and smell nice.
- Remember your four-legged friends
Heat affects not only us, but also animals, so let’s not forget about them when we protect ourselves against high temperatures. The absolute basis is constant access to clean water. A dog or a cat will not fill the bowl on their own, so it is our responsibility to make sure that it is always full. Animals like us may have less appetite in hot weather, so try to give them smaller portions of food, but a little more often. Thanks to this, we will also reduce the likelihood that the food will spoil under the influence of high temperatures. When going for a longer walk with the dog, take a water bottle and a bowl with you, because the high temperature makes the animals get rid of fluids faster.