As some of us may know, via social media, travel blogs, and/or the news, the North American continent, northern African, northern Central and South America, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe faced one of their hottest summers with record-breaking high temperatures in all of their history this past June 2019 - heat exhaustion leading to deaths, random fires, and dehydration to both locals and tourists in the countries of Europe.
With temperatures scorching and soaring abnormally, how can people, both locals and tourists, travel around in some level of comfort and sanity?
In short, from a healthcare perspective as well as a traveller's perspective, one should travel properly when going to a warmer destination. Here are some thoughts:
1) Sunscreen of, at least, 30 SPF.
(DID YOU KNOW... medically, a 30 SPF sunscreen lotion or spray already blocks out 97% of the sun's UV rays. All you really need is a minimum of just 30 SPF to block out UV rays effectively. You just need to apply a moderate amount thoroughly on the surface of your skin. The more you lather, the body can only absorb a certain amount effectively. The excess will just sit there on your without any absorption. Please be mindful of this. Moreover, do not be fooled via advertisement and brand marketing as to sunscreen products that have more than, quite honestly, 50 SPF. As per The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), "Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, which blocks 97 percent of the sun's UVB rays."
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More than likely, any SPF that is greater than 40 SPF will be pricey in contrast to a mere 30 SPF. Not only will the price increase, the risk of developing skin cancer will also spike. According to The Environmental Working Group (EWG) and The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), as much as you can believe it or not, "high SPF sunscreens not only overpromise protection but, according to the Food and Drug Administration, they may also overexpose consumers to UVA rays and raise their risk of cancer."
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Remember, there are all sorts of chemical substances in lotions, sun screens, and types of skin and hair products, that are damaging to the sensitive skin, nails, hair, and underlying tissues. Do not be tricked by such tactics, again. A maximum of 40 SPF is sufficient enough to block up to 98% of UV rays. Such products, despite the extent of study, clinical trials, research, cannot block out more than 98% of UV rays.)
Further information regarding UV rays and types of UV rays via The American Cancer Society:
2) Lightweight, breathable clothing (i.e. silk, nylon, polyester) so there is some ventilation, so to speak, in and out of your clothing while you travel in hot
3) Deodorant, and a lot of it! When you apply deodorant, make certain your skin is dry fully from rather than lathering the deodorant on sweaty, moist skin. The deodorant will not be effective if the skin is still moist and not dry. You do not need to have your skin cracked and dry, of course. You know what I mean...
4) Find restaurants, stores, hotels, that have central air conditioning (or some sort of air conditioning or a lot of functioning fans). If the place does not have proper accommodation, then you may always have the option to go elsewhere. When it comes to hotels and accomodations, then you may cancel the booking at the hotel (with or without a possible cancellation fee) and find another more appropriate option.
5) Avoid wearing dark coloured clothing (i.e. blue to brown to black) and focus more predominantly on lighter colours (i.e. orange, yellow, pink, light red, light blue, light green, beige, gray, and/or white). Darker colours absorb more light and heat easier than lighter colours.
6) Skip the high-noon temperatures and stay indoors. When the time reaches about 11am to 2pm, the heat and the sun are at their maximum potential. To avoid heat exhaustion, you need to find a restaurant or store or cafe or mall to remain indoors with air conditioning and away from the maximum potential during these hours of the heat and the sun.
When travelling to countries along the Mediterranean Sea, of Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, and even France, can have the hottest parts of the day around 3pm to 4pm.
Should you need to travel while during the peak hours of heat intensity and sun strength, then move away from the sun and into shady areas while walking.
7) Carry a portable fan or such cooling device. If need be, you may even purchase a portable fan at a local store while at your travel destination. This also gives you the opportunity to look for those trinkets and souvenirs, at the same time! Good excuse!
8) Wear UV blocking/polarized sunglasses to avoid those horrid colourless UV rays from sizzling through your eyeballs. UV rays can be quite damaging to the rods (to see dimmer light, the evening time, the night time) and cones (to see bright light, during the morning to late afternoon) in the retina of one's eyes.
9) Remain as hydrated as much as possible. Always, always... remain hydrated. Obtain loads of bottled water, despite how pricey the water may be. 3 US dollars (equivalent) of bottled water is far more significant than ending up dehydrated and in heat exhaustion!