The months between June and August are the hottest months of the year and the heat index here in Florida is already soaring. If you plan to moving during this timeframe, you will need to have a plan in place for protecting yourself and your loved ones from the intense heat that is prevails throughout the hottest months. Even if you aren’t moving, it would be good to listen up to these tips so that you may survive throughout the heat of the summer months.
Why You Need to Be Protected?
To begin with, if at all possible, you should adjust your timeframe for moving so that you are not moving during the heat of the day. This also applies to any sort of strenuous activities.
The sun’s rays are not healthy for your skin due to ultraviolet (UV) rays that can damage or kill your skin cells. I have read that even a light sunburn will destroy the top layer of your skin. This is why you “peel” after a sunburn. Remember, your skin is in place as an outer protection for your entire body. Treat it with respect.
Sun Protection Tool Box
A Sun Protection Tool Box is nothing more than a dedicated bag of some sort to carry your protection gear. This way it is handy for when you are on-the-go.
Even if it is overcast, you are still absorbing 80% of the sun’s rays. Dermatologist have stated that you really should wear sunscreen every day, especially if you’re going to be outside for any length of time.
A hat can be a good protection for your face and scalp. I recently went to the beach and got a sunburn on the part in my hair because I neglected to bring a hat that day. Don’t make that same mistake. It was a painful reminder of how intense the sun can actually get and how easily it can burn you. A broad-brimmed hat is best, but a nice baseball hat can also be helpful as well as compact to keep in your Sun Protection Tool Box.
The kind of clothing you wear is also an important factor in staying cool during the heat of the day. This not only applies to the type of cloth your clothes are made from, but also to the color of that clothing. It has been determined that light weight cotton as well as light colored clothing is the best choice.
Water to hydrate
Do not neglect to consume sufficient water throughout these hot months, but especially if you are in the throes of moving and exerting your body more. Dehydration is not a pretty picture and you should avoid it at all cost by drinking plenty of water. Not juice or coffee. I can hear people say, “but that has water in it.”. Not the same. Clear, clean unadulterated water is what is in order here.
Water Bottle that Sprays Mist
You can easily find a water bottle what will work for misting in most dollar stores. There are also more expensive, fancy water bottles. Let your pocketbook be your guide here. These work well for an instant cool down and much relief when you are in the heat. Hint: but some chopped ice in the water. Ahh …!
A wet hand towel is great for staying cool during a move or otherwise. Just drape it around your neck at the base of your skull for rapid relief from the heat. Hint: put a wet hand towel in the freezer or a cooler of ice water before using. Also, Ahh…!
Don’t forget to protect your pets throughout the heat as well. Keep them out of hot cars without ventilation. Rather make sure they are in the shade when outside and hydrated. This advice is the same as you would do for any person.
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