green coconut tree during daytime

Florida is famous worldwide for some pretty impressive things. Disney World, oranges, vast stretches of beach, and, of course, the infamous heat. 

If you’re looking for long, bright days and warm weather, the Sunshine State is the place to go. The only problem is those same things bring stifling and often unbearable hot temperatures. It’s hard to enjoy the state’s best parts when trying to avoid heat stroke, but it is possible!

Instead of staying cooped up in your air-conditioned home, try these four tips to beat the Florida heat.

1. Stay Hydrated

Florida is also known for its heavy humidity. When there’s a lot of moisture in the air, it’s hard for your body’s natural processes to release sweat and cool you down. This causes you to feel warmer than usual, increasing the dehydration rate.

Whether you feel thirsty or not, when you’re outside, drink water. Thirst signals that you’re on the verge of dehydrating. You want to avoid getting to that point, so drink, drink, drink.

No, soda, tea, coffee, and alcohol don’t help. They can worsen dehydration because they’re diuretics, which remove water from the body faster.

2. Dress for the Weather

If jeans and a hoodie are your go-to style, you will struggle with the Florida climate. It’s vital to your health that you adapt to the weather, which includes dressing appropriately.

For recent relocators to the state, it may be time for a wardrobe overhaul. Look for lightweight, loose-fitting attire in light colors. Dark hues like black absorb heat, making your body heat up quickly. Aim for cotton and similar cooling material.

Hats are a regular part of the wardrobe here, too, and it’s not a style statement. Most people who wear hats do so to block the direct heat of the sun from beaming down on their sensitive scalp. 

You’ll see people wearing hats as they head out on errands, go to restaurants, or shop at the grocery store or dispensary. You won’t stand out if you decide to make these accessories part of your daily wardrobe, and you’ll stay much cooler.

3. Time Your Outside Activity

Speaking of running errands, as you get familiar with the Florida temps, you’ll learn to time your outside activity to avoid the worst of the heat. Getting into your car after it has been sitting in the 12-4 pm rays is akin to stepping into a sauna. It’s not most people’s idea of immediate fun.

During that time of day, try to plan to be indoors. Getting exercise, like going for walks outside, is an excellent way to stay in shape — but not in the hottest part of the Florida day. That’s the quickest route to heat stroke. 

Limit your time spent outside in the direct sun from lunchtime to the right before dinner. Give the air a chance to cool down, then head out and enjoy the rest of the Florida weather.

If you must go outside when it’s extra hot, have something on hand to keep you cool and hydrated. Carry a thermos with ice water and use a spray bottle to mist your body (tip: ice that, too, since it will warm up fast). 

4. Learn When Enough is Enough

As you get used to the climate, you’ll learn the symptoms in your body that tell you you’ve had enough heat. Listen to those signals, and seek AC. Heat stroke in Florida is a serious problem.

Carry some light meals with you, or find a shaded place to indulge in some high-water content refreshments. Grapes, watermelons, and salads are a few examples. Your body can use the calories to rejuvenate and the water to rehydrate.

When you feel like you’re on the edge of being overheated, don’t wait until it’s too late. Find a way to cool down, even if it’s using the shower on the beach or rolling around on a shady patch of lawn (tip: watch out for red ant hills!). 

Conclusion

Florida is one of the most populated and visited states, and for a good reason. There’s so much to do for everyone, as long as you can handle the heat. 

Floridians often joke that they have three main seasons: summer, hurricane season, and lovebug season. Before you head to the Sunshine State, make sure you’re ready to handle all of them. 

You’re on your own for hurricanes and lovebugs, but these tips will help you adjust to the summer temps.