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Preparing for the Heat of a Summer Holiday

You’re still in the UK, having a cuppa, finally making your summer travel plans, and it’s cloudy outside. At this stage, it’s difficult to imagine how hot you will actually be when you get there, wherever this sunshine destination might be, perhaps Goa or Dubai, where the temperatures might hover at 45 degrees and make you nostalgic for just a sprinkling of cool northern climes. But for now, during the planning phase, we can still romanticise the pure, intoxicating warmth of these exotic faraway locales.

What we can’t idealise, however, is the need to be at least somewhat prepared for the hot weather and anticipate the scorching heat that might await a summer holiday adventure. Firstly, we must come to terms with the fact that neither tea nor coffee is a sufficient source of hydration. Both beverages are diuretics that actually pull water from the bloodstream. Cruelly enough, if you add milk or sugar, you further reduce your body’s ability to absorb water.

Unsurprisingly, it turns out water is a pretty good water source. It hydrates better than any other liquid; the problem is, most people find it relatively bland and therefore don’t drink enough of it to satisfy the body’s needs in hot climates. This is why something like sports drinks and energy drinks can serve as a supplement to your hydration needs. For one thing, people are more likely to drink larger volumes if they like the flavour. To find your favourite energy drinks, you can sample a large selection of brands at any local store. By discovering which flavours, colours and brands you like in advance, you’re probably more likely to sate your thirst on the road – before you become dehydrated.

Brits are famous for sunburns, but it is not necessarily a reputation you need to uphold. To avoid that painful, unfortunate outcome of a sun-roasted summer holiday, stock up on sunscreen prior to your journey. These days, you’ll want to choose between a selection of broad-spectrum or multi-spectrum  sunscreens that protect from both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays, each of which has been identified as a cancer-causing agent. If you have sensitive skin you can opt for sunscreens designed for children. Consider those products with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide rather than chemicals like para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), dioxybenzone, oxybenzone, or sulisobenzone.

And then there is always the floppy hat, another great British tradition, which provides a shade that is both welcome and undeniable when we are far from home, under the hot sun, looking for a cool spot to rest and enjoy a nice cup of tea.

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Author bio: Robert Bruno is a British-based travel writer who enjoys testing his ability to endure extreme temperatures around the globe without suffering too much discomfort in the process.

Photo by Peretz Partensky on Flickr

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