The sizzling heat of the Arizona desert in the summertime can often be overwhelming for newcomers. Break out your water bottle and check out these essentials for staying cool in the sweltering 100-degree temperatures.
Drink water before you’re thirsty. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, you should keep drinking water. If you wait until you want water, you’re already becoming dehydrated. Keep your body hydrated and happy with lots of ice-cold water. Don’t forget, the recommended daily water intake is 91 to 125 fluid ounces for adults, and you should drink beyond this in the Arizona heat.
Become an early bird or night owl. The afternoon is when the sun is at its highest, and hottest, point. If you like to exercise outside or do outdoor activities, schedule them for early in the morning or in the evening when temperatures are more moderate.
Go swimming. Getting in the water can immediately cool your body down. Make sure to put on sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside and bring your water to the pool with you. All Encantada properties have a pool onsite; so grab your friends and family and go for a dip.
Always wear heat-friendly clothes. Try to wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothes as much as possible during the summer to reduce your chances of overheating. Wear sunglasses with 100% UV protection to keep your eyes safe, and never leave home without your sunscreen.
Know the signs of heat-related illnesses. Keep up-to-date on symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat strokes to know what to do if you or someone you know are in an emergency situation. The CDC’s website lists the warning signs and what to do if you become overheated or need medical attention.
Although the heat may be intense, beautiful mountain views, breathtaking sunsets, and plentiful activities for all ages makes the summer in the desert well worth the sweat. Once you get used to the temperatures, you can finally call yourself a true Arizonan.