When we are talking about preparing oneself for a change in seasons in relation to Australian weather, we are really referring to how to deal with the stinking hot heat that sometimes dominates our country during the warmer months of the year. Many people find it hard to cope with the heat, but there are some things that you can do to ensure you’re well equipped for the scorching summer. Whether you are staying at one of the Sydney hostels located right in the heart of the CBD or you are travelling around country NSW, we’ve got some important tips you don’t want to miss:
The right clothing
As the weather heats up, you need to be prepared with clothing that’s breathable. Cotton is a great fabric because it breathes, is easy to wash and perfect for keeping you protected from the sun. You want to have a good amount of singlets, tops, shorts and skirts. Don’t forget a cardigan or two, you can get the odd cool spell and not having something to keep you warm can end in getting a cold (Rather a grandma thing to say, but we all know it’s true).
Protection from the sun
In no way is being rock lobster burnt fun. Not being able to move for half of your trip means spending plenty of time in your room, doing, well, not much. Make sure that when you go to the beach you:
- Apply sunscreen every few hours
- Wear a hat
- Sit under shade when possible
- Keep hydrated by drinking plenty of water (Sitting in the sun can really take it’s toll on the body, not just your skin. Heat stroke can often make you fee sick, so keeping hydrated and cool is important).
Fake tan it
If you won’t be able to resist tanning your body at the beach, buy some quality fake tan and use it before you go. You’ll look nice and glowing and won’t have to sacrifice your skin to achieve the look you want.
Treat burns immediately
Treating burns as soon as they appear can dramatically reduce the time they take to heal. As soon as you notice your skin reddening, use Aloe Vera gel to soothe and cool the skin. This can be purchased from any chemist or even the supermarket and is a great product to use on sunburn.
For many backpackers Sydney is a favourite place to visit, and it’s not hard to see why. But there are some important things to consider when visiting some of the world’s most famous beaches and enjoying a staple diet of battered fish and chips. As long as you take all of the above factors into consideration you’ll be well prepared for everything summer has to throw at you, and you won’t waste one day laying in bed afraid to move, caused by severe sunburn or heat stroke.