Summer here in central Florida is hot! It’s a sweltering, sticky, sweaty heat that makes you wonder just how close to the surface of the sun you really are. Being a south Georgia girl myself, I’m used the heat & the infamous humidity. Since moving here I’ve met some friends that more used to snow than sand & I’ve come to realize that the heat really is a difficult thing to manage for those not used to it. So….what can you do to make it tolerable? I have some tips for you:
- Drink lots of fluids! The humidity here will make you sweat. There’s no way around it. Even if you don’t normally sweat much, you will do so here. Most any restaurants with fountain drinks, will give you free cups of ice water. Starbucks will also do so (& their water is filtered many times). The cups are mostly small but just enough. We like to carry a hard plastic bottle & fill it with ice at the beginning of our day. The water stays cold as it melts & is perfect for us. We refill it with ice during the day & repeat.
- Take a mid-day break. The hottest part of the day is 11-2. Head back to your resort for a little siesta or maybe some pool time (and there are amazing pools at Walt Disney World Resort as well as many properties offsite). Amazingly enough, the kids won’t mind the pool time & the grown-ups can enjoy wonderfully frozen drinks with little umbrellas. If you don’t want to leave the park, take a break inside a counter-service restaurant in the air-conditioning. You don’t have to eat there to sit for a while. Use this as an opportunity to eat a snack or charge your phones or other devices. Take in an inside show or long attraction (think Ellen’s Energy Adventure or the Carousel of Progress).
- Use a slower pace. I know you want to squeeze every last bit of magic into your day but rushing around will only make you hotter & probably more irritated. Take your time. Stroll at a leisurely pace. The parks are open later so don’t feel like you need to run everywhere. You are on vacation, after all. Relax & enjoy the magic!
- Dress appropriately & remember sunscreen. This a time for loose, comfortable clothing made of breathable fabric. Leave the layering & sweaters at home. I promise you won’t need either in the summer here. Tight spandex clothes are great for sweating at the gym but you will not like it after 5 hours of 100 degree, sun-drenched, theme park walking. Trust me. Hats should also be given some thought. I like to wear a baseball cap but often don’t to the parks because it makes me hotter. Some caps are made with special material to breathe more & absorb sweat better. The sunscreen is important if you will be out for a while. You don’t realize just how much sun you’ve gotten until it’s too late. Don’t forget places like shaved or bald head, shoulders, noses, & backs.
- Don’t forget snacks. I know it sounds strange but I hear many people say “it’s just to hot to eat anything.” Your body is working hard to keep you cool. In addition, you are walking many miles around the park & using lots of adrenaline on rides like Space Mountain or maybe just playing referee to the kids (lol). You are working harder than you think. Take a break to snack. I like to take a few minutes to cool down a bit then have a snack. There are lots of delicious, cold snacks available in the parks for just this purpose. It will help you cool off too. My favorite snacks are Mickey Ice Cream bars, frozen lemonades, icees, &, of course, Dole Whips!! Orange for me, please!
Do you have any tricks for keeping cool in the Florida sun? Share them with us by commenting below!