This summer we’ve enjoyed (or endured) temperatures reaching record-breaking highs. It may have put some of you off going on that camping or glamping trip but follow these tips and you’ll stay as cool as a cucumber!
1 – TOP TIP – DRINK LOTS OF WATER
I know, this is an obvious one, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t drink enough water during a typical day, let alone a hot one. According to the government’s Eatwell guidelines, adults need at least 6-8 glasses of water a day. Eight glasses is around two litres, or three and a half pints. On a hot day, you should drink more.
2 – TAKE A PADDLING POOL
When the sun is at its peak, set up an inflatable paddling pool in the shade and fill with cold water – heaven on a hot day.
3 – ENCOURAGE AIR FLOW THROUGHOUT
Open zips, windows and doors to allow the breeze and airflow through. Keep the sunlight out as much as you can and set up an awning to extend the shady outside area.
4 – BRING A PORTABLE FAN
Just to encourage that air flow even more or if you’re not comfortable leaving the doors and windows open while you sleep, this will help to keep the air circulating.
5 – CLOTHING
Make sure you wear a hat to keep the sun off your head and face, and wear lightweight and loose clothing, preferably cotton which is breathable unlike synthetic materials.
6 – WILD SWIMMING OR COLD SHOWERS!
Get in the sea, a lake or a river or stream! If you are inland, the likelihood of finding shade around the water is high too so this is a good place to spend the hottest part of the day. If there’s no water around, take a cold shower to cool off every now and then. You can also place ice packs on the back of your neck and on your wrists to help cool you down. Cooling spray can help too.
THINGS TO AVOID…
Avoiding alcohol, fizzy drinks, energy drinks, tea and coffee, milk and dairy (the Whey in dairy can cause dehydration) and sticking to cold foods can really help to keep you cool as well.