As the UK enters its longest ever heatwave, it is essential to remember to protect yourself from the sun. Travel safety is critical, with everyone being savvier overseas, but not considering that the UK sun can be just as hot!
Here are the top tips for staying safe this summer
The main risks associated with the current heatwave are dehydration, overheating and sunburn or sunstroke.
- If you are vulnerable to heat, stay in the shade between 11 am and 3 pm. This time is the hottest part of the day.
- Regularly drink cold drinks such as water, and avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages.
- Wear loose cool clothing. Make sure you wear a hat and sunglasses when you head outside.
- As much as it feels great for that vitamin D boost, avoid sitting in the sun for extended periods as you can very easily overheat.
- Suncream! Even though it is the UK, the sun can still burn & damage our skin. Sunburn can not only have serious medical implications, with an increasing rate of skin cancer, but it also limits the bodies ability to shed excess heat. Guidelines recommend using an SPF 30 or above with both a UVA and UVB filter. No-one wants a lobster look 🦐
- Take cool showers or baths to cool down. This should be refreshing but not too cold. Once you step out, if your body starts to shiver, it will actively be trying to warm you up again, making you feel warmer.
- Identify your cool points. splashing cold water on your wrists, back of your neck and your ankles can assist in lowering your body temperature
- Schedule your outside time carefully. Don’t arrange outdoor physical activities during the height of the heat
- Carry water with you at all times. Many cafes and restaurants provide free tap water & regularly drink throughout the day, regardless if you are thirsty.
- Eat small meals often. Our metabolic heat increases to digest a large meal, so eat little & often.
Respect the sun & enjoy the weather & travel safe