How to deal with the tropics

The north-east coast of Australia is made up entirely of tropical areas, with large rainforests, sunny beaches, and thick humidity. For locals, this is the usual, but for us tourists this may come as a shock. With travellers becoming dependent on the air conditioner and deodorant. However, there are tips and tricks to help you along the way, letting you enjoy the attractions without slowly melting away from the scorching sun.

Get up early

Avoid getting roasted by the sweltering heat by evading the worst times. The sun is hottest when it reaches its highest point, usually occurring at around 3pm, so going inside or in the shade is always best during lunchtime. As the hottest are when its highest, it works out the coolest times of the tropics is when the sun is at its lowest, usually around sunrise and sunset. Getting up earlier can help you enjoy a cool morning, without having to deal with any of the mid-day heat. Head off your day activities sooner, letting you finish a bit earlier, where you can head back to your hotel to enjoy the air con or pool during those hot hours of the day.

Take numerous showers

There is nothing better than drenching yourself with cool water while you are sizzling with heat. Showers help you both cool off while washing off that layer of sweat that accumulates during the day. While folk usually enjoy just one shower a day, you can turn up this number, taking numerous throughout the day to help keep you clean and cool. It can also prevent fungal infections or heat rashes which are common in tropical areas. If you can’t do a full shower, even splashing your face and body with cold water can help.

Drink constantly

Drinking water anywhere is a must, but it becomes essential when travelling in the tropics. Without water, dehydration, migraines, and weakness all ensure, which makes travelling from one attraction to the next nearly impossible. Always having a drink bottle or merely stopping off at drink taps can help you with this. Try to get up to three litres every day!

Slip-Slop-Slap

The Australian sun is quite strong, with even the locals getting burnt easily. So, loading up on protection is a necessity. The Aussies have a simple motto when facing the heat, Slip, Slop, Slap, meaning slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, and slap on a hat. This can prevent red and peeling skin and can help you avoid skin cancer in the future.

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