11 in the morning, 45 degrees and a humidity of 70%, walking in these conditions is something that I do not want even my worst enemy.
Unfortunately in some places you visit you will have to do it, otherwise you will not be able to see anything of the city.
If you have the bad luck of being traveling in a city with these conditions here I put my recommendations to make your visit more pleasant and avoid a heat stroke, because if you do not do it you can fall into heat stroke and this can be fatal.
A heat stroke is when the body is unable to regulate body temperature, this may be due to extremely hot weather or strenuous physical activity, when you combine the two, as walking while sightseeing in the sun can be fatal, so it is necessary that you know what you can do to avoid it.
First of all it is important to know that it takes your body to get used to a new climate between 7 and 15 days, so if you are on vacation you probably do not have enough time to get used to and have to use these tips.
The basic recommendations that you will find anywhere and that any doctor will tell you:
- Walk during the morning or night. Try to make your day during the first hours of the morning or already in the afternoon. That is before 11 AM and after 5 PM Unfortunately this in many places is not possible because museums and tourist places open at 9 AM and close at 5 PM
- Try to walk in the shade always . This would be simple if you didn’t have overwhelming humidity, but still, look for the shadow anywhere.
- Hydrate You may not be thirsty but I assure you that you will be sweating as if you have just finished bathing, so drink plenty of water throughout the day, do not try to avoid drinking water because you are worried that you will not find bathrooms, you will not need them, Sweat is so much that you will generate that your body will not be able to make you go to the bathroom
- Find public places with air conditioning. Try to take refuge even for a few moments in places that you know may have air conditioning: Museums, Libraries, Shopping Centers, etc. Unfortunately in India, air conditioning is a scarce commodity and not even museums have it, so you better prepare for this.
- Rent a car with air conditioning to move . It may be a little more expensive and not so convenient to move from one place to another because it is better to walk the area, but do not skimp on expenses and rent a car or taxi for the whole day with air conditioning, even if the museums are located 5 minutes walking from each other is better to travel those minutes under the shade and with air conditioning so that your body temperature drops than to face a heat stroke.
- Avoid drinks or diuretic foods. The first 2 things you should avoid from your diet in places with high temperatures are coffee and alcohol, these will only make you dehydrate faster, nothing good in areas where conserving water in your body is vitally important. Drinking a cold beer can be very tempting in places with these conditions, but avoid it, instead drink natural water, LOT. I will not get tired of repeating this advice.
- Wear loose clothing . Especially if you are a woman, I know that wearing tight clothes can be attractive, avoid it. Wear loose clothing, preferably cotton to better ventilate your body.
- Rest frequently . Even if you’re just walking and don’t feel tired, take frequent breaks in the shade or if possible in air-conditioned places. The more physical effort you make, even if it is walking, your body will be unable to control the temperature and you will have a heat stroke.
The priority to avoid heat stroke is to help your body reduce its body temperature, if you are traveling here I put my methods that together with the previous recommendations will help you enjoy your trip even in extreme conditions.
My personal equipment against heat is 3 things:
- A small towel or bandanna.
- A fan.
- An umbrella.
Each of these things are necessary to enjoy a day walking in places with high temperatures. The umbrella will provide you with a shadow at any time, even if the locals do not and stand out from the crowd, remember that they are accustomed to the weather and you are not. The fan will help you generate a cooling breeze and the towel will help you regulate the temperature.
The proper way to use the towel is as follows, soak it with fresh water and place it on your neck. If it is a bandana then put it on your entire neck. The neck, just where the spine begins, is a point of body regulation, if you keep that area cool it will help you reduce the temperature. Keep this point constantly fresh, you will immediately notice an improvement in your entire body.
After about 10 minutes it is likely that the towel is still wet but hot, then just take it and shake it against the wind, if there is a fan nearby put it in front of it, this will cause the humidity that still retains to cool again and you can put it back in the never. With this you will not have to be spending water constantly, which is also necessary for you to consume throughout the day.
Other places of body cooling that experts recommend are: the wrists, the inside of the elbow and knees and the crotch. Definitely the neck is the most effective, but in case of an emergency try to cool these areas too.
No matter where I am, I always carry at least my fan and towel, which are very helpful, maybe the temperatures or my activity will not make me reach the extreme of going into a heat stroke but without a doubt keep my Cool body in warm weather makes touring the city all day more bearable.
Don’t let something like heat transform your trip into an unforgettable experience because of how bad you had it. This information can be vital for many people, so if you know someone who is close to traveling to a place with extreme hot temperatures, share it.