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Survival Tips on How to Stay Cool During Extreme Hot Weather & Summer Heatwaves 🔥

Survival Tips on How to Stay Cool During Extreme Hot Weather & Summer Heatwaves 🔥

Here’s some video tips on how to stay cool and survive in the extreme hot weather heatwaves and dog days of summer… My location is on the desert’s edge in the Southwest US on a hot and dry summer day and the time of year shooting this video is Mid- Summer Time… The temp was somewhere around degrees with a humidty level of around 30%, so this is Extreme hot summer time weather. Here’s a couple of the things I’ll do (the most helpfull I think to other people) to stay cool in this hot summer time weather… one being to just take it easy and of course , stay in the shade as much as possible and hydrate… these two techniques for staying cool are done more or less for the psychological value they provide…but they do work and they refresh/ invigorate you…the main one I use is a water cooling spray mist bottle Maybe you’ve heard of the Lunatec Gear Aquabot spray mist bottle? Well, this first method to stay cool is a simple spray bottle I recycled from an automobile air freshener. You can use any bottle that will shoot a mist when pumped… I generally keep this in my fanny pack system, so I can spray myself and cool down when I feel I need to… right away I feel cooler ! it doesn’t last long…but for the psychological value it gives you, it’s worth it. this is also a great way to utilize water to stay cool while conserving your water rations. today I’m a couple miles away from water and I don’t want to have to go get it for a while, so keeping a small bottle like this helps to conserve my water rations another tip is a common one, I’ll simply take rags, clothes, towels, preferably polyester or acrylics and wet them down and put over my face and neck area covering the cardioid artery and jugular vein So thanks for watching my video covering some tips on how to stay cool and survive in the extreme hot weather heatwaves and dog days of summer…please like, share and subscribe if you want to and take care

18 thoughts on “Survival Tips on How to Stay Cool During Extreme Hot Weather & Summer Heatwaves 🔥”

  1. Great tips and ideas. I keep a spray bottle during summer time too . I have /shown a larger auto misting bottle on my channel Bandana 's are great for shade to block out direct sunlight. I have another device that can either use USB power or solar to increase convention on my core to cool me down. (breeze )Literally using sunlight to cool me down. . I have shown what i call a dripper cooler .. again using water to cool down. last for quite a bit of time. Can be improvised with common gear like bag or plastic bottle with a lid. Stuff like white bags or mylar kind of blankets do create pretty good shade( reflect much of solar thermal energy away from the body)
    TFS… great video …. C.R.

  2. Great point about the spray mist bottle and that it minimizes water usage while giving immediate effect. I would also like to hear any ideas from folks who live in both heat and humidity, something that has become more common up here in the North Woods in recent years. The folks in the South and Southeast must have some tips for when evaporation effects are at a standstill.

  3. When it is hot like now, the methods should increase. I am going to get a spray bottle now. Same hints on the others though. I try and hike in the low heat part of the day when I can, and rest or swim at the peak.

  4. A big one for me in the heat was finding a good electrolyte powder to add to my water. Not for cooling I guess, but for quenching thirst (and of course the physiological effects in aiding hydration). I have found when I am pushing hard in the heat and really redlining I can drink a lot of water and it just won't hit the spot, but it will make me feel overfull in the stomach and perhaps queezy. The electrolyte powder I use is branded "Hydralyte", I don't know how widely available it is. It is not particularly pleasant flavored, it is very strong mixed at the recommended rate, but it really does quench my thirst and sit well in my stomach. I don't find the same effect from the sweeter tasting "Sqwincer" brand powder, or the sugary premixes like Gatorade. Gatorade just seems like a gimmick compared to this stuff, and Gatorade often seems to contribute to the nausea.

  5. I am in Northern Thailand and if I am out on my bike during the hot season ( shade temps 40'c plus in the afternoon) . I take off my shirt soak it in water, gently wring the excess out and put it back on. As you cycle off it feels like you have aircon for the next 45mins to an hour. This works best with simple cotton or polyester shirts. I tried it with a modern running shirt made of some fancy fabric that drys fast. It dried out within 2 miles of being soaked!

  6. I live within the arctic slope and 40 degree (F) weather feels like the dang sun. Especially when I’m inside, it’s worse. I feel like I’m dying.

  7. I work outside all day in the summer heat of Texas with bouts of 100 degree + spells that last for a month at a time. The following methods have helped me to cope with the heat:

    1. If in the shade she'd you clothes so your sweat can evaporate quickely and give you air flow.

    2. If you have to go in the direct sun with no shade cover up. It may seem like you will be hotter but you will not. Covering up with light material,long pants and ling sleeve linen shirt will make as much as a 5 degree difference. You will still be hot but you won't feel the drain at the end of the day like when you are not covered.

    3. Use two cooling clothes (evaporative cooling). Wet a cloth and put it around your neck which will cool the blood flow to your head and keep it cooler. Second drape a wet clothes over your head and this will cool your head even further. The two together makes a huge difference.

    4. Stay hydrated. The more you stay on top of your water consumption the better you will be able to cope with the heat.

    5. Don't drink sugar drinks or eat simple carbs. They will make you feel worship in the heat. Drink only water and eat citrus fruits to keep your energy level up and stay hydrated.

  8. There are many things that kept a friend and I alive in Kuwait, when the temps hit 56-60C every day during summer. Like you said, covering ourselves (we had head scarves, but does same job), which we as often as possible – soaked in water before applying, as well as sunscreen (factor 50+ – block), and a "sunbrella" – basically an unbrella with a UV protective sheild below. It blocks direct sunlight, but doesnt assist otherwise of course, and more dangerous to us than UV was by mid afternoon – by which time there was little chance of burning from UV, but the radiant heat had built up so much by then that it felt like being boiled from the inside. We of course dipped into the sea when we could (although bear in mind its warmer than body temp so effect is limited, but helps when you get out), being careful not to touch sand on the way. We conserved energy too by adopting what we termed the "African walk", i.e. walking ridiculously slow with the sunbrella, so as not to exert ourselves at all. This was contraversial though when we became trapped on the wrong side of a road with a big metal (untouchable) fence in the middle (touching metal is the only time I burned myself in Kuwait opening a door) – my friend wanted to walk fast to the end to get across and into an AC cafe, whilst I felt I didnt want to exert myself. Panicked a bit, but we both made it eventually! We had great fun making use of the public "bottom washers" (after waiting a while for it to cool down or you burn your bum – same with showers, there is no cold water at all in Kuwait, as pipes are outside, so have to run it to let it cool) – we could drench our clothes in water, then walk back outside (and dry completely within less than 10 mins). We had emergency peanuts (very salty to add to our water intake), and at night if AC too noisy – take a "cold water bottle" (one that has been in the freezer, then wrapped in a towel) to bed with you. Or fridge. Another good trick I learned in Zululand is to soak your bedsheets (these things all work for hot and very dry places only, not humid) – going into a wet bed just the thought of it cools me down (!), but it does actually work. The water spray great idea too. And if you come across someones irrigated land – stand in it for a bit while being laughed at 😉

    Im not so good at dealing with high temps nowdays though. Over time I developed an under active thyroid, and I believe one of the symptoms to be unable to deal with heat, i.e. hyperthermia. Even at temps the body should have no problem cooling down. I think this is because it reduces your ability to sweat. This would explain (along with panic attacks I now have anywhere for another reason) why in Johannesburg last summer (very very dry, and hot during day, freezing at night) – I felt like I would faint walking down the road. When I was fully hydrated, salted, covered, etc, still felt something was "wrong", I think an inability to sweat can be really dangerous. So probably more necessary to spray on the water :/ I feel bad because I am from St Helena, but feel like I have lost my heat tolerance for ever now. And Kuwait would probably kill me. I even hiked My Sinai in Egypt one year mid summer, mid day (actually you get cooler the higher you climb so its not so mad!!), and I cannot even imagine doing that nowadays. mY whole metabolism has changed 🙁

    One exception in SA though (and other parts of Africa) – dont ever wet your clothes in Putzi fly (mango worm) areas. They are attracted to wet clothes in heat, and will lay eggs, and the larvae will then bury into the skin, and you end up with massive lumps, each with a hole in the top, from which the worm gets air…..and squeezing them out might "look" therapeutic, but myself if I think I had one, I may pass out (!). Cant even hang your washing out to dry in these areas, have to tumble dry everything, and if you dont have a tumble drier – you're doomed unless you have great fly screens. Im glad I dont live in Putzi territory!! Cotton light and loose totally agree too 🙂 Thanks for the video 🙂

  9. I am in South West United States as well, California were my current temps are 110-115 degrees and work outside: First off wear quality uv sunglasses it really helps with uv fatique , Soak a "dew rag" in water put on head, Put wet hat over wet dew rag, Soak bandana soak in water, soak runners arm bands put on both arms, take your hot soaks off and sit still, drink water, drink coconut water, gatorade, of course stay out of direct light and walk in the shaded spots ahead, use aloe vera plant slime break the plant and put over all exposed skin including face and ears etc, eat a little bit of salt to try to retain water in body but not to much, if all else fails jump in water

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