Dear Amy: My family is going on a hiking trip soon. Do you have any tips on how to stay cool? — Aaron T., Austin, Texas
Dear Aaron: Hiking in the summer can be fun. There are a few things you can do to stay cool when you’re out and about.
First, keep in mind that you should always wear sunscreen to protect yourself from sunburn. Also, it’s easy to get dehydrated when you are outdoors in the summer, so always bring plenty of water and sports drinks to replenish your fluids.
In addition, wear loose-fitting clothes and fill a spray bottle with water, or bring along a battery-operated fan to cool yourself off when you need it. If you like to wear a hat, make sure it’s one that you can pour ice water onto. When you place it on your head, you’ll really stay cool!
If you get tired or overheated, take a break and sit in the shade. Remember, leaving earlier in the day will let you start with cooler air temperatures. For more Fun Ways to Stay Cool in the Summer, check out the list at brisbanekids.com.au/fun-ways-to-stay-cool-in-summer.
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