We are officially in the prime of summer. Whether you’re spending your days by the pool, at the beach, having a picnic or out exploring the city, you will be exposed to one or more of the elements that make up the Australian summer. How do you survive this sometimes brutal time of year, you ask? Definitely by keeping these tips front of mind…
Drink water and loads of it. Sweating is an inevitable outcome of summer so make sure you keep hydrated to counteract that excess loss of H2O. Rehydrating will help keep your body temperature low.
Note: sugary drinks, alcohol and caffeine will all help dehydrate you, so try and avoid these on the super-hot days, or at least make sure you sub water into the mix.
Slip, slop, slap
Sid the seagull first brought this message to Australian airwaves in 1981. Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat. The best way to survive a day out at the beach or by the pool is to stick to this. No tan is worth the lasting implications of sun damage to the skin or the immediate pain and redness from a bad sunburn, is it?
Nothing is better than something icy cold on a hot summer day. A crowd favourite is the icy pole, an essential staple in the freezers of homes across the country; nothing cools you down as much. But if you’re looking for something a little less sugary, why not try freezing blended fresh fruit into ice cubes to add to your glass of water?
Fly swats and bug spray at the ready
Anyone who has ever spent a summer in Australia will know that besides mozzies (translate: mosquitoes), flies are number two on the bug-pests of summer. You cannot enjoy the great Australian tradition of a barbecue without having to implement your ninja skills to make sure that the snags (translate: sausages) stay fly-free. Avoid these little hitchhikers this summer by having your bug spray handy and your fly swat skills on point.
Stay near the cool stuff
Whether you choose air conditioning or a fan, sticking close by to one of these will generally guarantee an escape from the heat. You might even opt to spritz yourself with a spray bottle full of ice-cold water to help regulate your inner thermos.
What are your best tips for surviving the Australian summer?