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Keeping your cool when vacationing in Hawaii…

Hawaii is beautiful, but boy can it get hot. And by hot, we mean humid! It’s not so much the temperature that gets you but the humidity. If you’re not used to dealing with the combination of temperatures and moisture in the air you need to prep yourself. Because if you don’t, you’ll suffer through what would be an incredibly amazing vacation. So here are a few tips and tricks we’ve developed over the years to assist in staying comfortable.

Loose Fitting, Breathable Clothing

This is where so many people run into problems. They slip into their t-shirts and shorts and then end up sweating out more moisture than what’s already in the air. What’s wrong with this? They’re wearing tighter, cotton t-shirts and heavier cargo shorts. These are not breathable materials. Linen is a great option. It’s thin, allows air to pass through and doesn’t stick closely to your skin. So just remember: light and breezy. If your skin can’t feel the breeze under the fabric, the fabric is too thick.

Now, some will tell you to ditch the shirt altogether. If you do, make sure you’re covered up in sunscreen. But even then, not all shops and restaurants allow shirtless individuals in (you know, that whole no shirt no shoes no service thing). Tank tops cling to the skin just like t-shirts. So even if you go shirtless, keep that linen top in a backpack somewhere.

Hydrate…

…with water. Sure, those over-sized tropical drinks are great when you’re sitting at an oceanfront bar. But not great when you’re trying to stay hydrated. With the higher temps and higher humidity, you’ll sweat more, which means you need to replenish your lost fluids more. Whether you’re visiting Kilauea (maybe not the best plan currently) or another area of the islands, you’ll want water with you at all times. So whether you’re driving in the rental (FYI, never ever turn across a crosswalk when there’s a pedestrian present…it’s a quick way to an expensive ticket) or hiking, keep water on hand.

Keep a Bandana On Hand

A bandana is good for a few different reasons. First, if you feel the sun on the back of your neck you can easily tie it around your neck for added protection. However, it may do you more good if you dunk it in water before doing that. In fact, try dunking it in water and tying it around your wrist. You’ll be surprised how well this works. By cooling your extremities you’ll cool down the rest of your body. As your body’s blood spends more times circulating up and down your arms and legs, the blood heats up, which causes your body’s internal temperature to heat up as well. Wrapping a cold bandana around your wrist will instantly help you keep cool. When in Kilauea or other regions of the islands, we also like to wrap a cold bandana around our necks (or if you’re an individual lacking hair, putting it on your head and placing a hat over it).

These are just a few of our favorite tips. If you’ve lived in a place with higher humidity levels than you know just how important it is to deal with both humidity and the temperature at the same time. As long as you do, you’ll have the time of your life while enjoying your vacation.