Did you know that the highest temperature ever recorded in India is 51oC in Phalodi, a small town in Rajasthan? As a result of global warming, the heat wave is turning deadlier every year. According to a statement made by a group of scientists in the US, by the end of the 21st century, the temperatures in India can rise by 2.2oC to 5.5oC. Despite these extreme temperatures, Indians love to travel. Of course, the fact that you can get some amazing deals and offers on flights does help. However, before you set out on your journey, do keep these tips on beating the heat in mind.
Pack Luggage Carefully
They always recommend that you travel light, plus you have those luggage restrictions on flights. And, since you will be travelling in the heat of summer, lightweight, light coloured, cotton clothes with a loose fit would be the best. Full-sleeved clothing is recommended to protect the skin from the harsh UV rays. If you plan to do a lot of walking and sightseeing, make sure to carry along some broad-rimmed hats too, for added protection.
Avoid the Hottest Hours
Experts recommend that you stay indoors during the hottest times of the day. This usually is the pre-noon and afternoon period. Do your sightseeing in the mornings and evenings and find a cool, shaded place to spend your afternoons. There could be some great museums, temples and other structures you could visit and then head on for lunch, such that you don’t have to walk outdoors during the hottest hours. And, when you do step out, even in the mornings or before sunset, make sure you protect yourself against those harmful UV rays with a generous layer of sunscreen with a high SPF.
Hydrate Yourself, In and Out
Make sure you drink lots of water and fluids to keep yourself hydrated and prevent a heat stroke. Having light food will not only keep you cooler than a heavy meal loaded with oil, it will also help you retain water better. It is best to limit alcohol and caffeine, which can be quite dehydrating. In addition, both block the release anti-diuretic hormone, needed for reabsorbing water. This could lead to dehydration. Heavy food in summer needs extra effort to digest it, while also being related to heart-related problems. If you feel that the heat is getting to you, wear a damp scarf and or a wet cap to bring down the body temperature. Putting your wrists under running water also helps.
Enjoy a Siesta
The best thing about a holiday is that you get to sleep! Isn’t that something we all crave for during the hectic work week? So, escape the heat with a restful afternoon nap and wake up fresh and full of energy to explore new sites. And if you are sightseeing during the day, instead of walking, hire a taxi or use other means of conveyance.
Lowering your core temperature while keeping your body hydrated is important in summer. So, go ahead and enjoy an ice cream while checking out the deals and offers on flights for your next holiday.