Tips to Stay Cool in the Heat
. Use a small motorized fan combined with a misting bottle. These can be found at Aldi, Walmart, Amazon, etc.
.There is a mini fan that is USB powered and can be plugged into your smart phone. These apparently drain battery quickly. DeAnna suggested plugging the fan directly into a portable charger.
.Bring a big hat and sunglasses, and most importantly, a water bottle everywhere you go. I find it easy to carry a reusable heavy duty plastic bottle, but there are endless options for this at most stores.
.If you are going to an outdoor event, bring a folding camp chair or stool.
.Make sure you are drinking the recommended amount of water and getting the right amount of salt each day. Drink extra if you know you’ll be out in the heat a long time. You can add Nuun tablets (check to make sure you get the kinds without caffeine first if you don’t use it), Banana Bags, or even a homemade mix to boost your salt/potassium intake.
.Wear compression garments. Dr. Muldowney suggested to me to wear Spanx or something similar in the summer as they give waist compression without being long. I have a link to the Spanx sight, but there are less expensive brands at Target and similar stores.
.If you can, start your car ahead of time and get it cooling off. Put up sunshades to keep the car cooler when you’re out of it. Roll the windows down for the first few minutes to let the heat escape if it isnt’t already cool when you get in.
.Go swimming! It’s excellent exercise for us and it keeps you cool.
.Plan ahead, as much as possible. If you know you have a long day ahead of you in the heat, pre hydrate. Pace yourself the day before. Have a bag packed with water, snacks, medicines and whatever else you might need.
. Advocate for yourself. Ask your doctor for a handicap tag if walking across hot parking lots is too much. Get a medical note stating you have to be allowed to have liquids with you. Look into disability seating at concerts etc. Use a wheelchair if walking gets to be too much. This can be intimidating, especially at first. Please ask any of us in the group if you would like some help/advice with this.
The links I provided to products are just examples and most products can be found other places.
We hope you all have a happy, safe, and fun summer!