Unfortunately, we can’t choose when and how a disaster occurs. If we had our choice, we’d only ever have to use our survival skills in perfectly mild, sunny (but not too sunny) weather. That’s not the case, though, and with huge demands on the power grid, droughts, and other factors, there’s a good chance that you might end up in a survival situation in the middle of a heat wave. So how can you keep from getting too hot and getting sick or injured? Do a few simple things to stay cool and healthy.
Do Your Foraging in the Morning and Evening
In a summer survival situation, if at all possible, you’re going to want to stay out of the sun during the hottest times of the day. That means that you’ll want to get up early to do your foraging for food and supplies. As the sun starts to climb into the sky, find shelter.
Grab a Siesta
There’s a reason that naps are a built-in part of the day for a lot of countries in hotter climates. When the weather gets too hot to do anything else, you might as well catch up on a little bit of sleep so that you wake up refreshed to do any work you need to do in the cooler part of the evening.
Use a Wet Handkerchief to Keep Cool
If you have to be on the move or working when the sun is at its peak, wet down a handkerchief, roll it up, and drape it around your neck. Or you can wrap it around your head, too. The water will keep you cooler and help you avoid exhaustion.
Follow these tips, and don’t forget to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water, and you might want to go ahead and stock up on potassium and magnesium supplements to help keep you hydrated in a summer emergency, too.
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