Summer’s just around the corner, which means temperatures are starting to heat up in southern California. The warm weather attracts travelers from around the world, but if you aren’t used to the heat, it can be difficult to know how to deal with it. However, you shouldn’t let this get you down – there are tons of ways to stay cool while still enjoying the sunshine. Here are some tips to help you cool off on your summer vacation.

Wear lightweight fabrics.
When you know you’re going to be sweating, it’s important to wear breezy, lightweight fabrics that won’t irritate your skin or make you feel even hotter. Cotton is a great choice for this, because it feels soft and absorbs sweat in a healthy manner. It’s also important to opt for breezy cuts that flow away from your body instead of clinging to it, allowing the breeze to get in there and cool you down.

Eat smaller, lighter meals.
This is something that many people don’t consider, but it actually makes a big difference when it comes to how your body handles the heat. If you eat a large, heavy meal, such as steak or pasta, you’ll feel weighed down and your body will have to work very hard to process it, which means that you’ll feel even hotter. Focus on lightweight meals with lots of fruits and vegetables, which won’t increase your body’s internal temperature.

Carry a travel fan with you.
Even a small fan can make a big difference when the weather’s hot and it feels like there’s absolutely no breeze. When you’re on vacation, you may not have access to a large standing fan, but you can still keep cool by bringing a portable one with you. You can easily find small travel sized fans online that you can fold up and take with you in your luggage, and then you can use it wherever you feel hot.

Track your water intake.
When we’re dehydrated, hot weather can start to feel even more uncomfortable. It’s important to continually drink water throughout the day to prevent exhaustion and overheating in the summer. Carry a water bottle around with you during the warmer months, and set a goal for yourself of how much water you’ll drink. There are many health apps for your phone that will help you keep track of this. Not only will you feel cooler by doing this, but you’ll also be healthier.

Invest in a face mist.
Face mists have long been considered a ‘princess product’ by beauty gurus: they feel very luxurious, but the actual effect they have on your skin quality is minimal. However, during the summer they get much more functional. Purchase a face mist from your favorite beauty brand (or look up DIY recipes on Pinterest if you’re feeling creative) and take it in your makeup bag. When you feel flushed, all you need to do is give yourself a quick spritz and you’ll feel cool again.

Cool off in the ocean.
California’s cold ocean water is normally just something that’s pretty to look at, but when the temperatures start to rise, you can actually enjoy some swimming without feeling like your toes are going to freeze. When things get hot, try relaxing in the gentle waves for a few minutes to cool off. You’ll feel soothed, plus you’ll be enjoying one of southern California’s best features.

Although summer heat can feel miserable, you don’t have to let it get the best of you. Be sure to use these tips to stay cool during the summer.

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