Not all duty stations are created equal when it comes to the heat and weather in the summer. When the temperature goes up, you are going to want to stay cool. Here is how to do it:
Find a Pool
See if you can find a local pool. You might have one you can go to in your city, or on your military installation. There could be more restrictions in 2020 but see what is available out there. Buy a pool pass if you can to save a little bit of money.
Have a few fans available in your home. This is a must if you don’t have air conditioning. Use ceiling fans if you have them and get that air moving.
Water park pass
If you have a water park in your area, buy a season pass and go often. (You may be able to purchase tickets at a discount from your base’s MWR/ITT.) Learn when the best times to go is to avoid a lot of the crowds. You can cool off after work or hang out on the weekend.
Drink lots of water
Carry a refillable water bottle around with you everywhere. Refill often so you don’t become dehydrated. Try to drink water over soda or other sugary drinks. Make sure to bring enough water for your children while you’re out and about. If you are going to be out in the sun for a while, make sure you bring enough water for the day if you are unsure of where you can refill your water bottle. You don’t want to wait until you feel thirsty to drink; just plan to do so throughout the day.
Dress for the heat
Make sure to pick your clothes carefully. Cotton is the best type of material for hotter weather because it is more breathable and absorbs moisture instead of repelling it. The cooler you can feel, the better you can handle the heat.
Have a steady stock of cold treats in your freezer, no matter your age. They will cool you down when you are feeling hot. If you have children, they’re the perfect snack to have on hand for summer play. Worried about sugar from processed products? Make your own and invite the kids to try their hands at mixing flavors and fruits for homemade freezer pops.
Don’t always use the oven
If you can, avoid using the oven as often as you do during other parts of the year. Make more salads and eat more fresh vegetables and fruit. Cook on the stovetop or an electric griddle to keep the heat to a minimum.
Find the shade
When you are out somewhere, find the shade. Parking in the shade can help your car stay cooler. Sitting under a tree will feel much better than sitting in the open sun. Try not to spend too much time in places without any shade if that is possible.
Wear a hat
A wide brim hat can keep the sun off of your head and your ears. These are perfect when you have to be outside for extended periods of time. The lighter the color, the better. After all, there’s nothing worse than a sunburn on your head.
Pace yourself while working out
If you workout outside, pace yourself. If you like to go for runs or walks, do so in the early morning or later evening when it is cooler outside. Don’t forget your water and know when your body needs to stop or take a break. Try to rest when you can and make sure you don’t overdo it.
Sprinklers and water guns
Don’t underestimate the fun of sprinklers and water guns. The water will keep you cool and you don’t even have to go anywhere to enjoy this. Water balloons, Slip ‘N’ Slides, and other water toys can also be an excellent way to stay cool in the heat.