From Xior, we want to share practical tips for surviving the heat in student residences during hot summer days. Summer is generally a fun time, right? Especially when you’re enjoying your vacation, but it can also become uncomfortable and sometimes even dangerous if you don’t take the necessary measures to stay cool and protected from extreme heat, which can reach 34°C and even higher.
Here are some suggestions to cope with high temperatures and enjoy the summer worry-free:
Dress Cool and Comfortable
Wearing light and light-coloured clothing helps you stay cooler as they better reflect sunlight and keep you more comfortable. On the other hand, black clothing tends to absorb heat. Breathable materials like cotton are ideal since they allow air circulation and prevent heat buildup on your body.
Take Advantage of Cooler Hours
During summer, mornings and evenings are usually cooler. Make the most of these hours to go for a walk, exercise, or simply relax outdoors. Keep the windows of your residence open during the night to allow fresh air in and close them during the day to prevent the heat from entering your room.
Staying hydrated is essential during hot days. Always carry a water bottle and drink regularly, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid excessive caffeine and sugary drinks as they can cause dehydration.
When outdoors, look for shaded areas to protect yourself from direct sunlight. If you can’t find shade, bring a parasol or use a hat and sunglasses to shield your face from the heat and sun rays.
Use Air Conditioning Wisely
If you have access to an air conditioning system in your residence, use it responsibly. Set the temperature to a comfortable level and not too cold to avoid abrupt temperature changes when going outside. Also, close windows and curtains when the air conditioning is on to maximize its efficiency.
A cool bath or shower can be very refreshing during hot days, but it’s always recommended to shower with lukewarm water as it’s cool enough to lower your body temperature without causing the body to try to increase its temperature by shivering. Take advantage of this to cool down and reduce your body temperature.
Always Wear Sunscreen
If you plan to spend time outdoors, make sure to apply sunscreen before going out. Use sunscreen with an appropriate SPF for your skin type and reapply it every few hours, especially if you’re swimming or sweating.
Avoid Intense Physical Activity During Peak Hours
During the hottest hours of the day (generally between 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm), avoid exercising or engaging in strenuous physical activities outdoors. If you want to exercise, choose early mornings or late afternoons when the sun is less intense.
By following these tips, you’ll be better prepared to enjoy the summer both inside and outside Xior student residences safely and refreshingly. Have an incredible summer!