Coping with the Heat on Holdiday

Many people view the Summer holidays as a chance to get away, and perhaps more importantly, soak up the rays in an extremely hot country. I, however, am not one of those people. Although I love going on holiday and exploring new places, I find it very difficult to cope with the heat. So when I went to Italy, despite knowing in advance how hot it would be, it was still a bit of a shock to the system. You might ask why I chose to go to Italy if I hate heat, but it’s such a beautiful country, and the opportunity to visit Pompeii and Vesuvius definitely made it worth it. So for all those people who also detest the heat, but have a love for travelling, here are my top tips for coping with the heat!

  1. Tie your hair up. I made the mistake of not tying my hair up on the first day in Italy, and being someone with extremely thick, long hair, the heat was nearly unbearable. So the first thing I did on the second day was buy a pack of hairbands – and they felt like a life saver.
  2. Wear t-shirts not strappy tops. I thought that I would be a lot cooler wearing a vest top rather than a t-shirt, but this was definitely a mistake. While there’s slightly less material to make you hot, the heat from the sun on bare shoulders not only caused horrible sunburn, but made me feel a lot hotter than when I only wore t-shirts.
  3. Wear white clothes. It’s a scientifically proven fact that white reflects heat whereas black absorbs it. Therefore, it makes sense to wear much lighter clothing as it will be a lot cooler. This fact was also proven with my hair, as having really dark hair, it felt like it was on fire at times!
  4. Sun cream! Now this is a point that everyone knows, but I cant stress it enough. Avoid horrible sunburn and just take the extra time to put on a bit of cream.
  5. Water. Another obvious one, but drinking water not only helps you to cool down, but also avoids headaches.
  6. Sprays. A really useful thing to do, is if you have an empty bottle of body spray or some other equivalent, fill it up with cold water, and it becomes a refreshing spray for when you’re out in the heat.

I hope that everyone who hasn’t been yet is feeling prepared and excited about going away – and is now fully prepared to cope with the heat (if you aren’t a sun lover anyway!)

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