Do’s and Don’ts for Hot Weather Outdoors with the Family

Make sure your time in the sun stays fun.

It’s full-bore out there in most parts of the country, and this heat is serious. If you’re just headed on a short hike or run this summer, or going the distance and taking the family out for camping or vacation in a warmer place, review these safety tips so that you all have an enjoyable time.

Of course, always bring water and wear sunscreen wherever you go in the summertime. But if you are doing an all-day, outdoor jaunt, these suggestions are key.

Don’t Strip Down. It’s tempting to ditch the clothing to stay cool, but that can actually worsen over-heating. Radiation from the sun can raise your core temperature up more than if you have a light deflective layer and a hat to keep your head cool. Choose something breathable and light colored that will let you vent and also reflect the sun.

Do Stay Wet. In the winter, you want your clothes to be dry. But during the hot months, you want them to stay wet. That goes double when you are working out. If you are going on a long hike or run and you can’t carry a ton of water, bring a headband and soak it occasionally. Cotton T-shirts are great at holding onto moisture, and if you are near a river, lake or ocean, dunk that shirt in the water and put it back on.

Don’t Ignore Your Core. Many of us just pay attention to our skin but when it’s dangerously hot, you also need to pay attention to your core temperature. If it’s sweltering, you are going to want to try to draw your internal temperature down with ice on your pulse points. And of course, utilize the shade immediately if you feel like you are overheating.

Do Keep Your Feet Dry. Wet socks in hot shoes and scorching ground are a recipe for blisters. If you and the kids are climbing around in the river, get some all-terrain sandals with plenty of ventilation.

Do Acclimate. If you are in a new environment, don’t think you can perform the same as during your usual routine. It’s so easy to tax your system by running at elevation, or staying out all day in the tropics. Ease yourself in and don’t overdo it.

Did we mention taking water and sunscreen with you wherever you go? We did? Well, it bears repeating. Also make sure to carry snacks when you are traveling, even if you are in a metro area. If you plan well, then everyone will have a glorious time soaking up the warm weather.


About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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