As an outdoor-spirited individual, you probably agree on the joys of getting out in nature and hiking to off-road places. But, what about when the outdoors is not so inviting? It’s easy to find excuses to stay indoors. But here are some tips on getting outdoors when it’s unbearably hot.
Getting outside in the Summer Heat
Apart from migrating south or north (depending on your location), you might want the experience of getting outdoors in your area at these times.
You might need to do this for work or just because you like to explore and venture out. It might be your hobby or part of your fitness regime even.
You may want (or need to) get out and capture the landscape under summer conditions. See my guide on choosing long range drones.
Summer-time Use of GoPro
Things to do with your GoPro — get a tubeless GoPro compatible snorkel mask. Try and get a design with no gag reflex. Amazon has a range at reasonable prices. Like the one shown below.
Things to Check Before You Venture Out
Having the right knowledge, and proper apparel and gear can make or break whether you venture outside enough to make the most of your experience in your surroundings.
It is especially important if you are traveling, feeling a bit jaded from jetlag, or just wanting to stay healthy while traveling, right? Being well-armed can make a difference to your well-being and reach tomorrow and the next day.
#1. Avoid heat stress
(I can’t emphasize this enough). It can be deadly, and …it can affect anyone, even the fittest.
For this reason: since humidity worsens the temperature effect, check the local heat index chart, and see how hot it feels for your body.
#2. Before you get going
Consider a cold shower or consuming an iced drink, which can help with performance.
Schedule outdoor activities for times when conditions are milder, such as early morning or late afternoon/evening.
#3. Take it easy
You might want to shorten your usual duration or include sufficient breaks to re-energize.
#4. Be smart
Make the most of areas with cool shady trees, or ocean or mountain breezes. Parks and forests are fabulous places. Try forest bathing or adventures in national parks. See my post on ways to capture nature.
#5. Try to incorporate water-based activities
You can cool down on the water. Take time out to paddle, swim, or other activities on the lakes, water holes, or ocean (with adequate safety precautions).
#6. Ways to cool off
Have a water soaked towel, some frozen treats, or a spray bottle of ice water (or all of these) on hand.
To stay hydrated and avoid heat stress: take plenty of cool water. You’ll need about 1-2 liters (about 1/4 to 1/2 gallon) per hr of outdoor time. Drink often and before you feel thirsty (tip: add electrolytes). It is best to avoid alcohol and caffeine.
#7. For energy
Include snacks with carbs and with electrolytes, especially potassium and sodium.
#8. For comfort
Wear breathable, lightweight attire that allows sweat to evaporate, and include a hat, shades, or other sun-protection apparel. Wear breathable clothing that is like dry-fit workout gear. Standard cotton is not the best. Look for labels with “breathable,” “moisture-wicking,” to help with staying cool, dry, and comfortable.
#9. For UV protection during at-risk periods
Apply and reapply, as recommended, natural UVA and UVB protection with the highest SPF.
#10. Have a checklist of items to take and do
This is to arm yourself optimally for getting outdoors in nature during summer temperatures.
What you need for venturing outdoors in the summer heat
For the comfort and to optimize your experience during the hot, humid weather, consider the following supportive gear and apparel:
✓ Water bottle (BPA free), and
✓ A Camelbak type to carry extra fluids (water with electrolytes) for hydration.
✓ Having snack food on hand to eat can help sustain your energy levels over more lengthy outings.
✓ Coolers and cooler packs/ice bricks, to store your frozen or cold treats.
✓ Fitness towels for drying and cooling-off are always handy.
✓ Hats and sunglasses/shades for protection from glare, heat, and UV rays
✓ Natural UVA and UVB protection (tip: use water resistant).
✓ Breathable moisture-wicking clothing including underwear for comfort in sticky weather.
✓ For fun in the water, you’ll enjoy having the right recreation gear.
10 musts when getting outdoors into nature, all-year-round:
- #Have a checklist of what to take or do, and refer to it to ensure you’re armed for the occasion.
- #Dress for the occasion and the conditions.
- #Protect exposed areas of your body from the elements.
- #Adjust the level of your physical exertion according to your fitness and the elements.
- #Choose an activity to match the overarching conditions.
- #Select an optimal location for the event.
- #Pick the best time of day for the outdoor activity, e.g. when conditions are mild.
- #Keep vigilant about possible worsening conditions.
- #Listen to your body. As always advised, it’s best to consult your physician before taking on any exercise regime.
- #Always let someone know of your planned activity when you are heading outdoors in unusual conditions.
Here’s a downloadable form to fill out before your trip to allow people to find you if something goes wrong: Planned Itinerary Notification form.
For women adventurers, Camping for Women has some genuinely helpful resources.
Recommended optional necessities:
You don’t have to be a scientist to appreciate nature. There’s plenty of affordable gear, for anyone, beginners included, to get a deeper connection with the wild.
Here are just three that should enhance your experience…
If you are interested in the night sky, consider getting a portable telescope and try your hand at identifying planets, stars, and constellations.
For a close up of creatures in nature, high powered binoculars are the go.
More resources For Getting Outdoors in Summer:
- For women campers: Survival and Preparation Tips.
- For kids, the inspiration for outdoor play and adventure regardless of weather: rainorshinemamma.com
- Follow a big adventure: thebigoutside.com
Summer fitness outdoors: