The sun’s beating down, the sky’s clear and blue, and you can’t wait to cool down in the pool. But wait! Who’s that in the shadiest spot, hiding under a floppy hat? It’s me, melting quicker than the ice in my cocktail. Some people love the heat, but I’m not one of those. If you’re the same, or are going on holiday with young children or anyone else that struggles with high temperatures, here’s the lowdown on how to stay chill when it’s hot, hot, hot!
Seek the shade
This is not the time for a boat trip on the open sea, no matter how refreshing the water looks, or for a day at that idyllic beach with no parasols. Find cool, shaded spots, like quaint villages in the mountains in Cyprus, pretty vine-covered tavernas in Greece and the Caves of Drach in Majorca. In Mexico, check out the cenotes. These roofless caves cover beautiful pools, where you can cool down with a swim in the deep, still waters.
Keep the kids safe
Our kids’ clubs are a great space for your children to spend some time out of the sun while you make the most of the weather. They even have shaded outdoor areas to shelter your young adventurers from those strong rays. I recommend Sunwing Resort Fanabe in Tenerife but there are so many hotels with kids’ clubs in great destinations that you’d want to make sure you check out our full range!
Now, you might want to sit down for this, it’s a bit of a shocker. Did you know that All Inclusive packages aren’t just for alcohol? I know, right?! You probably are already aware, however, that it’s best to hold back on the booze in the heat of the day, so make the most of the included soft drinks instead and drink lots of water, too. It’s the best way to help your body deal with the stress of those high temps. Just remember that in lots of destinations, you’ll need to check that the ice in your drinks is made from bottled water if you want to avoid an upset stomach.
Top tip: take reusable bottles and buy your bottled water in the largest containers you can find to save on both money and plastic waste.
Make the most of the coolest times of day
Let’s face it, heatwaves mean it’s going to be super warm 24 hours a day, and that can be a bit much for even the most avid sun-lovers. In my experience, mornings and evenings tend to be the most comfortable time to get out and about. Luckily, you can make some great holiday memories with simple pleasures like having breakfast on the terrace, browsing local markets or heading straight down to the beach or pool before the heat really kicks in. At the other end of the day, you could spend the evening in an outdoor bar or restaurant, stargazing on the beach, or enjoying some open-air entertainment.
Dress for success
It might seem counter-intuitive but you’ll probably feel cooler if you cover up to keep your skin out of the full blast of the sun. Shirts are great for protecting your shoulders when you’re chilling in your swimwear. When you’re out and about, pick loose clothes in natural fabrics, like cotton or linen. And don’t forget that plastic flip-flops, jelly shoes and clogs can make feet sweaty and sore!
Top tip: check if there’s a dress code for evening meals at your hotel. You might not be allowed to wear shorts, so when you’re planning what to pack, you’ll want some smarter lightweight trousers, skirts or dresses.
Snoozers aren’t losers
I don’t know about you but I can find it very difficult to sleep in the heat. Don’t worry, there’s an easy solution! There are lots of hotels with air conditioning or climate control in the bedrooms; check the room descriptions for details. Just remember to close the windows or balcony doors to keep all that lovely cold air in… and the heat out.
You can also keep your room cool during the day by closing blinds and curtains, halting those pesky rays of sun in their tracks. You’ll be glad you did it when you head back to bed for an afternoon nap. For me, siestas are one of the best things about holidays!