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Living in Arizona this summer has really opened my eyes as to what summer heat really is. When I was still in grade school, it got pretty toasty in Redlands over the summer, but I don’t think I’ve been this hot since then.
I talk about the heat in Arizona all the time, and for good reason. People forget all the time how easy it is to get dehydrated and overheat here in the summer. I can’t tell you how many people on my tours I had to remind to drink water or even bring water on a ninety-minute walking tour.
So if you’re still struggling in triple-digit heat right now too, hopefully these tips can help you stay cool!
Invest in a windshield cover.
The first thing I have to recommend it getting a windshield cover for your car. I used to think they didn’t do that much but after forgetting to put it up one day, it instantly changed my mind. Just think of how hot it is standing in the sun versus in the shade. Essentially, it’s the same logic with keeping your car in it’s own shade rather than relying on trying to park under trees. If you have leather seats, this is a lifesaver.
Wear loose and breathable clothing.
Trying to peel off too-tight clothing after you’ve worn it on a hot day is not fun. I prefer cotton tops (not polyester or fabric that holds sweat in) in loose shapes with either shorts or a skirt.
Prevent chafing with deodorant.
I’m not sure who told me this, but if you put a bit of deodorant in between your thighs, it helps to prevent chafing. Thick thighs may save lives but that chafing is still rough.
This really should go without saying, but wear sunscreen! It’s not only so much better for your skin, but it helps you stay cool. When your skin burns, your skin is actually hot to the touch – that’s why cold showers and aloe vera feel good on a burn. Keep yourself safe and cool, by reapplying sunscreen on really intense and sunny days.
Don’t overexert yourself.
Again, kinda obvious, but don’t go running in hundred degree heat. That’s just asking for heat exhaustion. Take it easy on hot days and do active things in the morning or night when it’s a lot cooler.
Drinking water has never been easy for me. I actively have to remind myself to do it throughout the day. I aim for about 80 oz of water a day to stay hydrated in the summer, which is why I carry a 40 oz. bottle with me at all times. In the summer, don’t leave the house without a water bottle!
To help keep myself hydrated, I’ve also been swapping my usual juice and carbonated beverages for Spindrift Sparkling Water. Spindrift is America’s first and only sparkling water made with real, squeezed fruit. Seriously, Spindrift = sparkling water + real fruit. Yup, that’s it. All the products are unsweetened so the only thing sweet in it is the real fruit resulting in a refreshing, bubbly beverage. Each 12 oz. can has a few calories (about 8-15) which comes from the real fruit in the drink.
It comes in some really great flavors too:
- Orange Mango
- Raspberry Lime
My personal favorite was Spindrift Cucumber (it’s so refreshing) followed by the Orange Mango and the Grapefruit. Before opening the can, gently turn it over a few times to mix up the real fruit. The product looks good in glasses too because of the fruit juice coloring! Definitely serve it chilled and you can serve it over ice as well. It also tastes great in cocktails or mocktails!
Check out Spindrift’s products HERE and find out where they sell it near you using their store locator HERE! I buy mine at Target and Trader Joe’s! It’s such an easy swap to make and major bonus that it helps my stay hydrated too! If you want to try it out, keep your eyes peeled on my Instagram for a really awesome Spindrift giveaway in the upcoming week!