Have you ever heard the term “cotton kills”? If you’ve been around the preparedness community for any period of time, I’m sure you have.
I used to believe that cotton for ANY season, was bad. I mean, they say “cotton kills” so it must be bad year round! Right?
Cotton will only “kill” in cold weather. Cotton absorbs moisture and in the cold, you don’t want moisture to be stuck to your body as that would lower your core temp.
However, cotton is actually ideal in the summer months for the exact same reason it’s bad for the winter months. It absorbs moisture and the more moisture you have against your body in hot weather, the easier it is for you to keep cool.
There’s also another saying by a popular survivalist, “you sweat, you die”.
Again, this is only true in cold weather.
Sweating is GOOD in hot weather.
In fact, if you’re not sweating, that’s a bad sign.
It’s just as easy for people to perish in hot weather as it is for them to perish in cold weather. The key is to be prepared.
Here are 10 tips for you to be prepared during hotter months:
- Always have water available. – It doesn’t matter if you’re just leaving the house for a moment, take a bottle of water with you. People don’t take drinking water seriously. I’ve seen people carrying around only a 20oz bottle of water for a 3 mile hike in 100+ degree weather. That just won’t cut it! Water is life.
- Wear sunscreen. – Protect your skin. A sun burn can last for days and be far more painful than the few minutes it takes to put on sunscreen.
- Wear a hat. – Keep shade on your face and/or neck with a nice hat.
- Consume electrolytes. – When you sweat, you’re losing precious electrolytes, so replenish them with a drink or powder.
- Move slow & stay in the shade as much as possible. – Shade is your friend. Or better yet, get some AC.
- Know the signs of heat cramps, heat stroke and heat exhaustion. – Here’s a great link that talks about the symptoms and signs.
- Make sure kids and pets are drinking water. – Kids won’t take their own hydration seriously, so make sure you’re always offering them water. And always have water available for pets.
- Wear light clothing. – Darker colors tend to absorb heat.
- Prepare your home for hot weather. – Open your windows at night and keep blackout curtains over your windows during the day.
- Consume hydrating foods. – Hydrating foods can be anything from watermelon, strawberry, celery, tomatoes, cantaloupe, cucumbers, etc.
There are different “rules” when it comes to hot and cold weather and we should clearly understand the difference and how to best be prepared for them.
Hot weather also brings out bugs so you may want to consider some mosquito netting and bug spray.
What are some other tips to be prepared for hot weather?
Conquer tomorrow, by preparing today!