Cool down: Ideas to Help Your Family Beat the Heat All Summer Long
The dream of long, sunny summer days holds much appeal when it’s cold out. But how can you keep your cool as the days and your travel schedule heat up? Here are some tips to help you and your family beat the heat and enjoy your summer vacation:
Keep Cool on the Road
Pack beat-the-heat supplies: Before you leave home, invest in a small cooler that will fit in the back of your car. Fill it with ice packs, your family’s favorite beverages and freeze pops (Bonus: Your kids can place these on hot foreheads and necks before they eat them). Bring along pre-frozen bottles of water or juice boxes. Put them in your car’s cup holders, and they will thaw throughout the day, giving you something cool to rub on your arms and neck and providing cold drinks as they melt. Put window shades on the back side windows to protect passengers from direct sun, and use a sunshade in the windshield when parking, especially if there’s no shade available.
Slather on the sunblock: Did you know that sunblock actually helps keep you cooler? That’s because sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool itself. Make sure you and your family are wearing sunblock on all your exposed skin before you get in the car. It’s also a good idea to keep that sunscreen in the cooler — not the glove box. Doing so will keep it from breaking down and becoming less effective, two things that can happen at high temperatures, plus cool sunblock feels good on the skin.
Stop and enjoy the breeze: Spend some time online previewing your route and plan strategic stops to stretch your legs and cool off. Check to see if there are any shady rest stops, parks with lakes or even public pools along the way. Picnicking by the water or taking a quick dip will revive even the hottest of summer travelers.
Beat the Heat at Your Destination
Early birds don’t overheat: The coolest time of day in the summer is the morning. If there’s something you want to do outside, plan to get up and out the door as early as possible so that you will have finished seeing and doing before the heat of the afternoon.
Splash around: Plan your summer vacation to include lots of water sports like snorkeling, kayaking or rafting. Just remember that it’s possible to get overheated even when you’re spending the day in the water — so keep layering on the sunblock, drinking plenty of fluids and eating fruits and veggies to stay hydrated. If your vacation destination is landlocked, you can still enjoy pool time at your hotel — the perfect way to cool down after a day of exploring.
Choose culture over nature: Everyone loves to spend time outside in the summer, but on really scorching days your best bet might be to plan an air-conditioned museum visit. Many science museums feature hands-on exhibits that include water play. Aquariums are usually dark and cool, as well. And vacations are a great time for your family to catch up on your movie viewing.
Enjoy summer down time: Spend a few hours relaxing, reading and taking naps every afternoon in the cool of your hotel room. If you and your kids have all enjoyed some rest in the afternoon, you will be able to stay up later and savor the cooler evening hours.
Say Buh-Bye to the Sun
The hottest ticket this summer is for something really cool — the complete solar eclipse on August 21. The Holiday Inn Nashville-Vanderbilt hotel and Scholastic are teaming up to host a complimentary viewing party for guests. Kids and parents will receive a special pair of eclipse-viewing glasses, meet popular Scholastic characters and learn about space with the “Magic School Bus Presents: Our Solar System” book while cherishing this unforgettable moment together. Book your stay here.