Summer Heat Survival Guide. 10 Essentials for Getting Outdoors

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.

Why get outside in the horrible 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 with your long range drone.

Or, on the nights that are perfect for stargazing, you might want to use your telescope to view the planets when skies are clear.

Here are some things to do before and on the trip

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 surrounds.

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 magic ways to connect to the wild.

#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.Click here to see the best prices on Camelbak.
✓  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. Check out the best prices on Coolers here.
✓  Fitness towels for drying and cooling-off are always handy, like these.
✓  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. Check out the range and best prices here.
✓  For fun in the water, you’ll enjoy having the right recreation gear.

Check out the assortment of water sports equipment available here.

10 musts when getting outdoors into nature, all-year-round:

  1. #Have a checklist of what to take or do, and refer to it to ensure you’re armed for the occasion.
  2. #Dress for the occasion and the conditions.
  3. #Protect exposed areas of your body from the elements.
  4. #Adjust the level of your physical exertion according to your fitness and the elements.
  5. #Choose an activity to match the overarching conditions.
  6. #Select an optimal location for the event.
  7. #Pick the best time of day for the outdoor activity, e.g. when conditions are mild.
  8. #Keep vigilant about possible worsening conditions.
  9. #Listen to your body. As always advised, it’s best to consult your physician before taking on any exercise regime.
  10. #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 this power seeker telescope and wonder at the universe, identifying planets, stars, and constellations. Check out the latest prices for this here.

For a close up of creatures in nature, this High Powered 12X50 Monocular. See the latest prices for the monocular – click here.

For viewing and capturing what’s wild underwater, you can’t go past this tubeless GoPro compatible snorkel mask with no gag reflex design. Click here to learn more.

What’re your thoughts on getting outdoors?


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Related: Beginners Guide to Night Sky Watching and Winter Cold Survival: Getting Outside

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2 thoughts on “Summer Heat Survival Guide. 10 Essentials for Getting Outdoors”

  1. Thank you so much for such a fantastic post covering significant matters to consider when being fearless in the wild. Obviously, like most things, the more you prepare beforehand, the better equipped you will be for any number of eventualities that may occur. In particular I really appreciate promoting use of the Planned Itinerary Notification form as a key measure to ensure help if things go wrong. It is truly frightening the number of people that don’t even think about taking basic precautions to protect their own safety – often subconsciously thinking that tragedy only happens to ‘other people’. This, together with the rest of the impressive and comprehensive information in this post constitutes some really solid advice for anyone who wants to truly embrace all the wonderful great outdoors has to offer.

    • Hi Nicole, Yes, a Planned Itinerary Notification is essential when venturing out into the wild outdoors. Having a ready-made form for this makes it one step easier to do. Thanks so much.

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