Long days, blue skies, and warm weather are the perfect combination for outdoor adventures, but what happens when the temperature rises to uncomfortable levels? How can you still enjoy the outdoors when the sun beats down and the air shimmers with heat?
At Mishmi Takin, we know how challenging it can be to push your limits in extreme summer conditions. Our founder, Kapil Dev Singh, was inspired to create his revolutionary line of waterproof, breathable gear while trekking in the Eastern Himalayas, which are notoriously hot and humid.
That's why we've compiled five of our favorite everyday tips for staying cool, even when the thermometer soars into triple digits:
You've heard it before, but good hydration is essential in hot weather. It's especially important in climates with high humidity—the more you sweat, the faster you'll become dehydrated and susceptible to dizziness, exhaustion, and heatstroke. To stay hydrated, get into the habit of carrying a BPA-free, reusable water bottle with you wherever you go. You can also keep a full pitcher or bottle of water in the fridge so you always have cold water at hand.
The coolest temperatures of the day will always be early in the morning, after yesterday's heat has dissipated and before the sun has time to warm everything up again. Take advantage of these cool hours, especially if you want to exercise outside or have difficult outdoor tasks that would be uncomfortable in the heat of the day.
You don't have to hide inside all day, just because it's hot. But you do need to carefully plan your outdoor activities. Before going for a hike, climb, or walk, do some research online to figure out when your path will be in the shade, and go then. Even if you find a good window of shade, make sure to bring more than enough water and some snacks to keep your energy up in the heat—remember, your body is working harder than usual to stay cool, and you don't want to be running on empty.
If the heat becomes truly unbearable, consider going to see a movie or visiting a library. These places usually have powerful air conditioning, and taking a break from battling the heat for a few hours will make you feel much better. There's no shame in cutting an afternoon hike short to go enjoy some movie theater popcorn and cool air.
Do what you can to stay comfortable. As the summer goes on, your body will adjust. But in the meantime, take it slow, listen to your body when you feel tired, and don't push yourself too hard. We know you want to do it all--but you'll miss out on more if the heat wears you out.
We hope these tips help you enjoy even the hottest days of summer. With the right preparation, any day can be a perfect day for adventure.
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