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Old 04-25-2013, 02:28 PM   #1
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Products to help manage the heat - need recommendations

Hi all! I know that managing the heat can be a popular subject and I have done some searching through the search function, but I am not quite finding what I am looking for. I am familiar with the standard strategies of frequenting indoor attractions and shops, drinking lots of water, going back to the room during midday, etc. I am looking for recommendations on products that we can use to help us manage the heat.

Background: DH has a hard time with heat. He is a big guy, born and raised in the upper midwest and loves winter. He even goes camping in winter... We normally don't visit the World during summer for this very reason. My 40th birthday is coming up on June 1st and we are making an exception so that we can celebrate at my favorite place. I am trying to make this as comfortable as possible for him, especially since this is his first trip in 5 years. I have seen a LOT of products out there that promise to help manage the heat (Chilly Towel, Frogtogg Chilly Pad, endless brands of misting fans, etc), but I have no idea what really works and what doesn't.

Anyone have any recommendations for me?
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:04 PM   #2
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I have actually used those neck bands that you soak in water and then refridgerate. They work moderately well.
Other than wearing a wide brimmed hat, keeping your shoulders covered and drink lots, there's not much you can do. My dh hates the heat....but, we're going down in early Sept, so he's just going to have to deal with it.
It's really not the heat, it's the humidity! Dd and I will be there May 28-June 2...so we're prepared to be hot and sticky!!!
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Old 04-25-2013, 03:09 PM   #3
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We always bring misting fans and they do help . We have 4 of them- one for each of us. I bought them at Walmart . We also get there for rope drop and leave around lunch to swim and then back to the park around supper .
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:32 PM   #4
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Maybe invest in some UnderArmour Heat Gear clothing. UnderArmour brand clothes specifically labeled as Heat Gear are meant for hot weather. Athletes commonly wear this brand. The clothes are made of breathable, moisture wicking fabric that works to keep you cool and keep the moisture off your body. It also dries much faster than cotton and is much more lightweight than cotton. The socks are good too - breathable and do well at giving your feet some air. I'd also stick to the light colored clothing.
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:39 PM   #5
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The misting fans really help, I can't survive without mine. I also find I stay cooler if I wear sandals, my feet get too hot in sneakers so I bought a pair of hiking sandals a few years ago. I did have a neckband that you soak in cold water but I didn't like it as much and it was kind of a hassle.
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I bought a Chilly Pad on recommendation of one of the threads, but I'm not exactly sure how to use it. I know people cut them to certain shapes, but I'm not sure what's best for me. As it is, it's huge. I don't remember seeing people with them in the parks, not that I was looking for them. But people seem to swear by them. I'm just afraid to make the first cut until I know what my plan is.
I've used the neckbands also, and they do work to an extent. Looking forward to hearing suggestions. I go this time every year, and I do use air conditioned buildings to help me deal. Luckily I do like shopping and browsing. I need my visor to keep the sun off my face. (Hats are too hot). As I get older, I seem to tolerate the heat less.
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:16 AM   #7
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I agree with the post if getting some technical clothing. In the heat & humidity cotton isn't your friend! Wicking quick dry shirts would be good.
I don't like misting fans. We tried them 1 day, and gave it away. IMO if you don't keep it in all the time, it just makes you feel hotter when you switch it off.
Wide brim breathable hat to keep sun off tour head. Some use umbrellas.
Lucky for us, the heat doesn't bother us. We just stay hydrated and we're fine. In summer we take mid day breaks during the hottest part of the day.
I have a friend who uses the neck things and says it helps.
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