How to Deal with the Heat Wave – The AIESEC Survival Guide Part 1

It’s the middle of the summer, you’re probably on holiday, an exchange, or planning on doing that. You’re all packed up and ready to go, but before you hop on that flight, bus, or train, here are a few tips and tricks for surviving the summer heat!

1. Stay Hydrated!

Stop us if you’ve heard this one before. But there is a reason why this point is repeated on every article or list on the summer. Getting badly dehydrated is – best case scenario -losing a day to recover, or – worst case – having to go home much earlier, maybe even accompanied by a hospital stay. The best way to beat this is to always have a refillable bottle on you where ever you go: and refill it whenever you can! Also, check whether the tap water is drinkable or not before going there. You might get away with it once or twice, but it might be better to get bottled water or use a drinking fountain.

2. Clothes make the summer!

When you’re picking out your summer outfit, try to lean towards lighter colors and fabrics, especially if you’re going somewhere that’s hot. The full explanation requires a full lecture on physics, but the simple explanation is that dark clothing absorbs heat, whilst brighter clothing reflects it. It’s why you almost never see black t-shirts at the beach; they absorb the heat to an uncomfortable degree (pun intended).

3. Never too good for suncream

If you’re going to spend most of your time outdoors, you should always apply suncream, even if it looks overcast. This is because UV rays can reflect off of other surfaces. If you’re next to a lake or the sea all day, you’ll get burned from the rays being reflected off the water, as opposed to those directly emitted. This isn’t to say you need to use a whole bottle a day, just a light layer will do (and remember to re-apply once in a while).

4. Try to keep a diary or itinerary

In any holiday, you’ll have a day or two where it feels like you’ve got nothing to do! You might be thinking “But I’m in a new and fascinating place, I’ll always have something to do?”, and you’d be right. But if you don’t have a plan (or just a general idea) for those days away, you might hit decision paralysis, or just feel like you’ve run out of things to do. So, before you leave, just write down a quick list of the things you want to do, and spread them out over the holiday. And this completes this quick guide to making the most of your holiday! Obviously, this isn’t everything, so if you have any other tips, feel free to share them with us and the community!