Smart Ways to Beat the Florida Heat

The summer months are a popular time to experience Florida since the kids are out of school and the Atlantic and Gulf waters are warm.  Plus, the many attractions all over Florida are open all summer long.  If you come from the northern states, you may not realize just how hot and humid Florida can be during the summer.  With a little planning and a few precautions, you can still have a great time experiencing Florida all summer long.  Here are the smart ways to beat the Florida heat.

Stay Hydrated

Because of the humidity levels, your body will need to drink more water than it may be used to.  Even if you are not thirsty, make sure you drink plenty of water while in Florida and try to avoid beverages that contain a lot of caffeine – which will actually speed up the dehydration process.  We recommend carrying a refillable water bottle with you at all times.  It will also save you a lot of money on buying bottled water.  As a rule of thumb, try drinking at least 1/3rd of your body weight in ounces.  For example, if you weigh 150 lbs. you should drink at least 50 ounces of water each day.  Also, drinking water in shorter intervals is more effective than drinking a lot of water at once.

Avoid the Midday Heat

The hottest part of the day is between noon and 4 pm.  This is a great time to stay indoors.  Go shopping, see a movie, have a good lunch, etc.  Staying in the air conditioning during the afternoon hours will help keep you refreshed and energized for the rest of the day.  If you must go out during the hottest time of the day, limit your vigorous activity.  2 pm is definitely not the time to play a tennis match.

Wear the Right Clothes

Wearing lightly colored clothing is best.  Avoid dark clothes, mainly black as it absorbs sun rays.  It is best to choose fabrics that are breathable, like cotton or linens, and avoid tight, restrictive fabrics such as leather, polyester, and rayon.  For your feet, sandals, boat shoes, and breathable walking shoes will help keep your feet cooler and more comfortable than boots or heavy shoes.

We also suggest wearing a hat during the sunlight hours.

Eat Light, Healthy Foods

A light diet with a high water content helps keep the body cooler.  Fresh salads and fruits like watermelon, lemon, strawberries, pomegranate, and cantaloupe are great. 

Bring Some “Cool” Gadgets

There are numerous gadgets that really do help you stay cooler.  Items like battery-operated fans or misters, thermal-cool neck wraps, cooling towels, aloe facial sprays, and moisture-wicking clothes and socks will help you beat the Florida heat.

Take a Dip

If you have access to a pool, taking a quick dip will quickly reduce your body’s temperature and relax your mind as well.  If you do feel the need to work out during your Florida vacation, swimming is a great way to stay in shape without getting overheated.

A Florida vacation is like no other.  If your plans take you to the Sunshine State during the summer months, knowing how to prepare for the heat and humidity will help keep you cool and have fun every day of your trip.

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