Preparing For The Summer Heat

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I am super excited to go to Walt Disney World for summer vacation with my family in August — The Dog Days of Summer.   The heat  is something to consider when planning a trip.  If you are from the North or somewhere where the air is light, the summer heat and humidity may well knock your socks off. 

To begin, know it is going to be hot, hot, hot.  It’s also going to be humid.  It’s summer in Florida.    There are a few things you can do to adapt to the heat:

1.Try to get in shape before you leave home.  (At least start walking)  To prepare,  I’ve been walking around my neighborhood mid-day with my sunscreen slathered on. I often picture  myself trying getting to Soarin’ ahead of  XYZ tour group and that motivates me to pick up the pace.   I will continue this for the next 2 weeks.  When I am not writing for Touringplans.com or planning peoples vacations, I teach Jazzercise.  So in order to get ready for this hot week at WDW, I am teaching more than I normally do in order to increase my endurance.  Get active now,  so the many miles you walk at WDW won’t seem as exhausting.

2. Try to get in the habit of drinking more water.  It’s incredibly important to stay hydrated in that kind of heat.

3. Another big key to your comfort is your shoes.  Break them in before you go. 

4.  If you find you can’t take the heat any longer, remember, there is always The Hall of Presidents.

What tips do you have for preparing for the heat?

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Posted on July 20, 2009

18 Responses to “Preparing For The Summer Heat”

  • Prior to your visit, go to Walmart or another retailer and buy those “squirt bottle” fans (and extra batteries). You’ll save by not buying them at the park where they run $20+ if I remember correctly. You’ll stay cool and save money! We learned this lesson the hard, err – expensive way. :)

    • by Caroline Baggerly on July 21, 2009, at 7:08 am EST

      Great Tip, Angela. I will be on lookout for one. I’ve always seen people with them. I’ll just put Mickey Mouse Stickers on it — so it looks Disneyish. :).

  • My kids got small folding Chinese fans at Epcot and we found that this is a cheap and simple way to beat the heat.

  • I hear lots of people promoting the squirt bottle fans, but I’ve never seen one before. I envision just another heavy thing to carry without much benefit, but my assumption could be completely wrong. Do you have to hold them, or can you wear them around your neck?

    • Hi Matt – my daughter has one (purchased at Walmart for a mere $4) and it has a strap so it can be worn around your neck..it’s very handy as it holds the water and when you press the fan button…well you get cooled off with the water! It’s a great AND inexpensive item.

  • We live in the Houston area so we actually enjoy going to WDW in August. Our tip is pretty obvious – stay out of the parks between 1pm and 5pm. The parks at night in the summer are a lot of fun and we plan our touring to enjoy evening EMH at all the parks. Nothing beats BTMRR at night!

  • Another tip is to take a damp hotel washcloth and put it in your room fridge (or freezer if you have one) inside a baggie. If you carry a small insulated bag for your water bottles, keep it with them during the day. When the faces get red and sweaty we take these out to wipe down with. Feels great.

  • You have to get one of these!

    http://www.rei.com/product/691097

    We were there for 8 days July 2009 when temps were near 100 degrees every day. My kids laughed and said “you are seriously not going to wear that, are you???” By the end of the trip the were asking why I didn’t get them one too. It really helped me keep from over heating. When it started to feel warm you just turn it over and you are cool again.

    Joy

    • by Caroline Baggerly on July 22, 2009, at 3:23 pm EST

      Joy,
      I want to get one for my husband! But there isn’t enough time to ship before we leave. I will for the next trip.
      Thanks for the tip,
      Caroline :)

      • I use a homemade version of this sometimes playing tennis in the heat. Just wrap a few pieces of ice in a bandana and tie around your neck. It is amazing how well it cools you off. I realize that ice can be a rare commodity in the parks but if you have any left from a drink, it will do the trick.

  • howdy! if you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can make your own neck coolers. use your search engine to find polymer granules and many of the sites such as watercrystals.com or watersorb.com have directions. a garden center near you may sell the crystals. these really work as they cool down the blood supply going to your brain.

  • Where do you get your inspiration? I’d have problems writing something this good.