3 Tips for Beating the Heat in the Tropics


3 Tips for Beating the Heat in the Tropics


Temp’s rising here in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


We’re talking mid to high 90’s daily this time of year.


High temps means taking care of your meat suit to avoid dehydration or fatigue.


I am adept at keeping cool, hydrated and energized. Gotta do so, especially since I walk or run some 45 minutes to 60 minutes daily in these hot conditions.


Note; virtually no humidity in Chiang Mai now. Even though I do not sweat piggishly, the bone dry conditions do tend to dehydrate folks.


Follow these 3 tips to keep cool in the tropics when the heat is on.


1: Pre-Hydrate




I drink 2-3 glasses of water on waking.


Prep your body to sweat.


Folks in tropics usually drink too late, downing water when thirsty. Not good. Hydrate early. Get your pregame on, when waking.


As temps rise your coolant system works swimmingly, allowing perspiration to cleanse your being and cool you off.


Aim for 8 tall glasses of water daily. But if you live in humid conditions bump it up. 10 to 12 daily to ensure your body sweats adequately.


Replace fluids lost.


Get your pre hydration game on.


2: Morning-Evening


Kelli and I either run or walk early morning or evening to avoid the blistering hot temps from late morning to late afternoon.


Locals do the same.


Avoid doing anything from 10 AM to 5 PM.


The tropics are high sun places, meaning these regions see max sun conditions from a little before noon to mid afternoon. Locals and smart travelers hit the road and do stuff early morning and early to late evening.


Hit tourist spots on the open. Most places open between 8 and 9 in the morning. Take advantage of the early window. Do less sweating and more enjoying.


3: Add Salt Please


Many in the West worry about salt consumption.


But in the tropics beware losing high levels of salt through sweating profusely.


Today I downed a bag of potato chips and also sprinkled salt on my pork fried rice to raise my electrolyte levels.


Down water to keep hydrated. Add a pinch or 2 more salt to dishes to ensure your sodium levels stay sufficient in hot, humid places. Or in plain hot places like Chiang Mai during high season.


Check with your doctor if you have hypertension or other medical conditions that could be agitated by increased salt consumption.


Bonus Tip


Cover up.


I know; sounds mad. Westerners traipse around Thailand in shorts, T-shirts and flip flops. But locals show ya how to handle heat and humidity; by covering up.


I’ve yet to go full Thai but threw out my tank tops years ago in favor of T-shirts. No more shoulder sun burn. No more roasting my shoulders and upper arms in the sun, baking, raising my core body temperature.


I even wear sweat pants and sweat shirts riding the bike around Chiang Mai sometimes. In Phuket I may don a light colored long sleeved shirt during long rides.


Covering your skin cools you off; no direct sun on covered bodily real estate means a cooler body temperature if cloths are loose fitting and light in color.


Southeast Asians in particular cover up with long pants and long sleeved shirts or jackets. These folks know how to keep cool in the tropics.


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