The Caribbean has always been blessed with bright sunshine and warm temperatures. For some of us the temperatures this summer may be a bit too warm. I’ve already started planning out how I will be coping with those extra hot summer days. Here are the 5 best ways I’ve come up with to beat the heat this summer:
If you want to manage your body temperature, the best way to do that is to start from the inside. Keep your body stocked up on its fluids and ensure that you keep them cool. It’s a great way to enjoy some of the flavours of the Caribbean. Nothing says summer more than an ice cold Red Stripe or Banks beer enjoyed on your porch.
2. Dress Lighter
You can’t claim to be from the Caribbean and not sport the standard Caribbean summer apparel. T-shirts, shorts and flip flops are ideal for keeping those excess layers of clothes to a minimum. Throw in a hat and sunshades to not only add some flair but some facial UV protection. Also remember to choose your colours carefully. Darker colours are warmer once you get in the sun, so minimize those fashionable blacks and dark blues and try to keep things light in every sense of the word.
3. Shower Often
I don’t want to sound like a hygiene nut but nothing cuts down that sweaty, icky feeling, as well as the temperature, like a cold shower. I use it as the perfect midday meditation on those hot weekends where I’m stuck at home with little relief aside from the warm breeze from an oscillating fan. A ten minute shower does wonders at revitalizing the mind and body.
4. Change your location
One of the benefits of being on an island like Jamaica is that you can always find a temperature that suits you half an hour away from where you are. You could drive to the hills to get a cooler clime or just head to the beach and steep yourself in the cool, relaxing sea water. Maybe you’re a river swimmer and would rather find one of the many rivers that Jamaica has to offer and kin puppa lick to your hearts content. When the sun goes down, things may have cooled down sufficiently back at the spot for you to make a return with no ill effects.
5. Take a Chill Pill
One of those things I think is ultra practical but rarely gets done is re-purposing your fridge to provide you a dose of respite every now and again. I’ve stuck everything from merinos to towels in the fridge to give them that nice refreshing shot of coolness that makes for a 15-20 minute reprieve from the midday madness of some summer days. You could also put a mister bottle there to give your mists a decidedly cool bite and keep you cooler just a little bit longer with each spritz.
When all is said and done, many may complain about their ability to bear the heat during the months of summer but I still believe it beats the heck out of losing fingers and toes to frostbite. Give yourself a chance to really enjoy all the other things that summer has to offer: bikinis, the beach, and a beer bottle.