If anyone wants to experience blistering heat, they should visit Australia during summer. When people all across the world are building snowmen and sipping hot cocoa, people in Australia are seeking shelter from the sweltering heat and trying not to get roasted. But how to survive an Australian summer?
But we aren’t complaining – such is life, Aussie pride!
Despite the sun threatening to burn us down, we know how to survive an Australian summer. If you are visiting the land down under during December to March, or are a regular citizen looking for tips to stay cool during summer in Australia, then you have come to the right place.
Read on find the basic steps that will help you ward off the heat and stay safe during these hottest months.
Water Is Your Saviour
Say the word ‘water’ in summer and people will immediately think of beaches and pools. While soaking in a pool all day long is surely a relaxing way to escape the sweltering heat, you must not forget to ‘drink’ plenty of water if you want to survive an Australian summer.
A lack of water can make you feel lethargic, cause headaches and in worst cases even lead to fainting or heat stroke. Drinking lots of water keeps you hydrated and regulates your body temperature so that you stay active and fresh. Always keep a water bottle close at hand and remind others to stay hydrated as well.
Tip: Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice in your water for extra refreshment (it has health benefits too).
Sunscreen Is Your Protector
Whether you use sunscreen or prefer to live rough and tough, etch it in your mind when we say that for surviving an Australian summer, sunscreen should be the most important item in your survival kit after water. Sunscreen is far more than a beauty product for people in Australia – it is a ‘skincare’ essential in every sense.
2 out of every 3 Australians are diagnosed with skin cancer by the time they become 70 years old. So, to avoid such damage to your skin, slather sunscreen generously every time you leave your house. SPF30 or above is the recommended sunscreen in Australian. Apply it at least 20 minutes before leaving your house and then reapply every hour while under the sun.
Tip: For outdoor water activities such as visiting the beach, use a water-resistant spray-on sunscreen.
Don’t Forget Your Pets
If you have any pets, remember that they will need your help to stay cool during summer in Australia because like humans, animals cannot regulate their body temperatures. Get your furry dogs a nice trim from a pet groomer and refill their bowls with cool water from time to time. Try to keep them indoors during the day and take them for a walk in the evening or past sunset.
Remember: NEVER leave pets in a closed car even if it’s just for a short time. If you are going out for the day and must leave your pets at home, keep the air conditioner switched on.
It’s good to be optimistic and plan for various summer activities, but at the same time, you must also prepare for any unfavourable events that might occur. For instance, have a contingency plan if a bush fire spreads near your house, a friend or family member passes out due to the heat and so on. Delegate jobs and come up with a plan of action so that you and your loved ones stay safe at all times.
Surviving an Australian summer is no joke, but with a few precautionary measures and by following the tips above, you can easily enjoy all summer parties and activities that turn this hellish season into one that you will cherish forever.