Despite the current rainy weather, it is officially summer in our parts. And just like all the other summers past, I have a checklist for keeping cool when the weather gets scorching hot.

True, we have our A/C on standby which means its on most of the day, we still have some other gewgaws on hand for those days that we aren’t stuck in the cool confines of our airconditioned rooms.

Number one…paypay. Yes, the good ole’ abaniko is a life saver. I still prefer it over those fancy handpainted Spanish fans, honestly.

#2 Water…this is a no-brainer. When the weather gets hot, you sweat more. Therefore, you need rehydrating and nothing is better for rehydrating than H20. Although, a nice cool fruit smoothy wouldn’t hurt either.

#3 All-Cotton clothing. Because pure cotton clothing “breathes”, it is more suitable for warm weather like ours. You will find that sweat dries up faster when you are wearing a 100% cotton shirt compared to wearing a shirt made with fiber blends. Thin linen also works pretty much the same. And this is why it is common to see those Safari goers in cotton and linen while on desert duty.

#4 White…white clothing. Why? Because white does not absorb heat as much as dark colors. And it looks better too.

#5 Eat light….have you ever noticed that you tend to sweat when you eat a hearty and greasy meal? So instead, eat light..fruits and veggies FTW!

#6 Hats….yes, the bigger the better.  Straw hats, Stetson Hats, baseball caps…anything to shield your face from the sun is good.

#7 Sunblock…unlike in the past when the formulation of sunblock left you sticky and gooey…the sunblocks of today are lighter with higher SPF.

And last but not the least, take a bath more often…nuff said.


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