Any Tips on Dealing with the Heat?

Folks, it’s hot out here. Not good hot, bad hot. I can’t put on a t-shirt without sweating through it within 30 minutes. Here are some ways I’m dealing:

  • Travel shirt — this is a special kind of shirt that dries quickly and breathes well. Alas, I only have one right now.
  • Gelato ice cream — eating a lot of this in Italy
  • Water — it’s so expensive here that I’m trying to utilize my sink as best I can, but it’s tough
  • Wash cloth — I keep a damp wash cloth next to me when I use the computer or sit and read since it can cool me and wipe sweat from forehead
  • Sandals — I’ve worn sandals the entire trip.
  • Umbrella — I’ve seen other people do this, so I’m going to start. Pop up umbrella when in direct sunlight.
  • Baseball hat — This keeps the glare off my eyes but makes my head hotter.

Any other tips from past or present road warriors?

8 comments on “Any Tips on Dealing with the Heat?
  • Umbrellas in China are mostly by girls, strangely enough. Too manly to break out the umbrella in the heat? No, it’s a great trick. Also, a fan is always a treat. At least Hong Kong (in all its humid glory) has it nice because it is a big city of connected buildings with air conditioning…none of this go outside to see the culture stuff. Be careful out there and don’t forget sunglasses for the eyes!

  • Well, the first travel advice I give to Americans is to explore Europe late Spring or early Fall – of course most students have no choice but travel in the summer…

    So back to my own backpacking-Interrail (like Eurail) trip: I remember having to run away from Rome since it was so hot.. art, history, architecture could wait, I was boiling up.. run up all the way to Lake Como. Then I cooked up a weird plan: spend only 1 day at a time in the hot South, then run North to cool off. With my rail-pass, I could travel in zig-zags, in fact it had an unexpected side-benefit: if I took long enough trips, the train became my overnight acommodation. I met quite a few backpacking students this way. 🙂

  • Ben,
    One thing you might consider is to get a personal fan. It’s small and portal. I know Sharper Image sells those.


  • Back when I worked on the farm, I would use a wet bandana. It’s a lot like your wash cloth, except it breathes a bit better and is more acceptable in public.

  • Rinse your hands, as often as possible, in the coldest water you can find…it helps regulate (lower) your core temp.

    Forza Azzurriiiiiii!!!!!!!!

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