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11 Tips To Beat The Heat During Your Summer Travels

Check the forecast and realize that you’re in for a sweltering hot day ahead? It happens to the best of us. Weather’s unpredictability is a serious consideration for travelers hoping to make the most of their time exploring. Today, we’re sharing some simple and effective ways to beat the heat during your summer travels! 

Plan Ahead

Step one, always check the forecast for the day ahead. It’s important to be informed on what to expect in 24 hours. Figuring out your outfits for the day and planning your daily activities based on the weather will help you avoid burning up midday. 

It’s also worth noting that if you are someone who is extremely affected by hotter temperatures, you might want to reconsider your destination of choice if there’s no avoiding it. Destinations all around the world have heat pockets pop up throughout the year, but if you know ahead of time that you’ll be visiting in the peak of summer… research what you’re in for and ask yourself if you’re willing to overlook being uncomfortably hot! 

Pack & Dress Appropriately

Fabrics are key! If you know that you’re in for many hot days ahead – focus on the fabric of your clothing, as some are incredible sticky and inflexible. Linens and cottons are your BFFs during humid travel days. Say no to polyester at all costs! That being said, dress appropriately for the forecast ahead. Don’t sacrifice your health and well being over a piece of clothing or a “look” you want for photos. If you know that there are chances of high humidity and no wind… you can plan an outfit that breathes and won’t weigh you don’t once you start sweating. Hats on a very sunny day can stop a serious sunburn from starting too!

Plan Your Day Around The Temps

If you know to expect extreme heat towards the middle of the day, see if you can coordinate some indoor activities instead of visiting outdoor areas or important sights. Being aware of the temperature as the day rolls by will help you plan a more comfortable itinerary, where you won’t be sweating through your clothes just because you failed to figure out that perhaps sightseeing wasn’t the smartest thing to do at high noon! 

Go To A Museum 

Museums are a go-to fix for sky high temperatures. Because art must be kept at a comfortable temperature to avoid swelling and warping, you’ll be cool while also getting cultured. 

Go Shopping 

Similar to museums, shopping is a great alternative for beating the heat because shops know that their cooler temps draw in customers! Limited budget? It’s okay to just window shop. (P.S. you can check out some of our tips for saving money while abroad here!)

Ice Cream Or A Cold Drink

Don’t doubt the power of a cool beverage when you’re at your wits end with the temperature. There’s something about drinking an ice cold soda or enjoying a frozen ice cream cone on a hot day, isn’t there? Find some shade, rest your body for a few minutes and enjoy. You’ll find your body temperature will lower within seconds. 

Never Go Anywhere Without A Bottle Of Water

Hydration is SO important when exploring in hotter temperatures. Drinking water throughout the day will help you avoid heat exhaustion and will help you power through the day. Dehydration is not something to be messed around with. 

Splash Water On Your Pulse Points

Cool water (or a cold glass) placed on your wrist and necks – also known as your pulse points – will help your body feel cool within seconds. The heat during summer is no joke – but your body can handle it with little tricks like this!

Consider Your Diet – Cold Foods Only

It seems obvious, but be sure to order foods that aren’t hot while on a hot day. Soups, dishes served up hot and spicy meals are no no’s when the temperatures are sky high. Opt inside for cold or room temperature foods that hold a lot of water, like fruits or healthy salads.

Stay Shady

Dodge the sun at all costs if you can! Walk in the shaded areas of pedestrian routes and find alternative routes that will let you stay away from the sun’s rays. Shade is pretty much mother nature’s air conditioning!

Rest Often

You’ll find that heat during summer travels exhaust even the most hardy of adventurers. So embrace it. Rest often during your days exploring. Find an air conditioned cafe or restaurant, sit by a fan, take a breather by a shaded park bench… just rest and listen to your body!

How do you deal with hot temperatures while you explore?

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Pack Perfect: How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Greece

Greece is the ultimate chic summer getaway… don’t you think? Think glamorous, warm nights sipping local white wine, soaking in the sun with your girlfriends while noshing on fresh fruit and exploring the iconic white-washed coastlines. Should you find yourself booking a dreamy trip to Greece, it’s important to pack items that will keep you cool while also looking lovely and put together. After all, the refined style of European women is so incredible. Here’s how to not look like a tourist in Greece!

Pack Perfect: How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Greece

A Cool Slip Dress

We love a midi dress for travel because it’s the perfect combination of glamorous, yet conservative and cool. This v-neck style is effortless and can be worn alone, as a slip under a layered tee or underneath a cardigan after the sun sets. Plus, the pop of teal will have you looking one with Santorini/Greece’s iconic architecture.

Pack Perfect: How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Greece

A Midi Eyelet Skirt

A fit and flare skirt ripped right from an old black and white film. We love this flirty, feminine little number – especially because it pairs well with so many different looks and is super lightweight. It’s the perfect choice for wine tasting or shopping in boutiques.

Pack Perfect: How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Greece

Vintage Inspired Sunglasses

Greece’s harsh sunlight is no joke – so be sure to pack a pair of vintage-esque sunglasses with great UVA/UVB protection!

Pack Perfect: How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Greece

A Nautical-Inspired One Piece Swimsuits With A Feminine Twist

This one piece has the perfect amount of coverage, while still remaining classic and subtly sexy. It’s the perfect choice to wear underneath a coverup or airy dress knowing that you’ll be near the oceanside later in the day. When choosing a swimsuit for Greece, I like to ere on the side of slightly conservative (for my own comfort) with unique details, like a cool belt or a ruched fabric detail like this one. If you’d rather rock a two piece, I love this athetlic option with denim looking fabric!

A Romantic Ruffled Top

This crisp white, ruffled top has a nod of romanticism while also being functional. Pair it with denim on a cooler day or layer it over a swimsuit after dipping into a pool during the mid day heat. Greece is well known for its romance (it is considered to be one of the ultimate honeymoon destinations for a reason), so be sure to dress in tandem with its vibe!

Pack Perfect: How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Greece

Packable Sunscreen Spray

To protect your precious skin during your long walks around Santorini’s beaches or the harsh sun while exploring ancient sites like the Acropolis, be sure to pick up a packable sunscreen spray. We love this one because it can easily slip into your bag and is TSA approved! (P.S. if you’re looking for eco-friendly products we love, check this post out!)

Pack Perfect: How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Greece

Platform Wedges

We love wedges for travel because they inconspicuously add some height while being comfortable enough to wear all day. European women are known for wearing sky high heels (even on cobblestoned streets), but you won’t be looking like a tourist in these bad boys. These wedges are so comfy because of their thick ankle straps support your ankles and keep your feet from sliding around.P

Pack Perfect: How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Greece

A High Waisted Bikini

Go for a vintage look with a chic high waisted, belted bikini bottom for the perfect amount of coverage, paired with a classic, supportive top. The paradise blue color will have you blending in with the Santorini skies with ease!

An Easy Mini Bag

This chic little bag is has ultimate cool-girl look. The crochet detail feels artisan and its mini-size won’t have you feeling weighed down.

Pack Perfect: How To Not Look Like A Tourist In Greece

Hoping you have the most glamorous, romantic time in Greece! With these looks, you’ll be looking like a local in no time. Happy packing!