The groundhog’s predictions have come and gone, and now spring will slowly give way to the hot, humid summer months. No matter which part of the world you may be in, traveling to airports and being “up in the air” can be challenging, especially for those who don’t do extreme temperatures well. Here are five ways to cool off:
Take An Empty Stainless Steel Water Flask To the Airport: You’ll be asked to chuck your bottles of Evian and Fiji before you go through security, but make sure you bring an empty water pak or flask (like Kleen Kanteen) with you everywhere, since you can save money by refilling it periodically in all the water fountains. Plus, a Kleen Kanteen is made with food-grade stainless steel and free of BPA, lead, pthalates and toxins.
Bring a Foldable Fan: In most airports, air conditioning is not an issue, but you may not want to take chances especially if you have a long haul ahead of you. It’s best to pack a fan or an electric fan (depending on your preference). Imagine being stuck in an airport where you just don’t feel the AC like you’re supposed to!
Pack Light, Wear Light: This may sound intuitive, but wear clothes made from summer-friendly fabrics like cotton and linen, and remember to pack light. But bringing a light sweater or jacket with you is a good idea too, because sometimes the temperature in the summer can be too cold indoors, thanks to an extra eager AC.
Wear Comfortable Shoes: Your shoes should either be walking shoes or those made from breathable material that dries well in case of stickiness or too much humidity. There are several lightweight and water friendly shoes available on the market that dry easily and are dual purpose, from Land’s End’s Water Shoes to Geox’ breathable fabric.
Eat Light: One of the biggest mistakes people can make during summer airport travel is eating too heavy a meal, especially during the day and the afternoons. If you can, stick to light salads and balanced meals because greasy, heavy foods –especially with rising temperatures and humidity levels—will make you feel very ill! Travel safe and smart during the warmer months.
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