Travelling to Asia, India, Australia or Africa? You’ll need to pack for hot weather and humid conditions!
More often than not, you’ll be travelling in tuk-tuks, rickshaws and non-AC buses so you need to be comfortable. At night, prepare for unexpected electricity cuts which means no fans or aircon.
Here are some ‘hot weather dos and don’ts’ plus the best breathable clothes and fabrics to help you stay cool in extreme heat.
– Cotton and linen are the most comfortable fabrics as natural fibres are absorbent and let your skin breathe. Always check the labels when buying clothes to ensure you’re buying the real deal.
– Loose-fitting clothes improve ventilation and are super comfy for long bus rides.
– Long-sleeved tops and trousers are ideal, particularly in some countries where it’s advised to cover up. They also keep you cool and protect you from mosquitoes as the sun goes down.
– Lightweight fabrics are quick-drying and smaller to pack. Great for those of us who like to take everything!
– A silk sleeping bag is a must for travelling! It helps protect against bed bugs, mosquitoes and even dirty sheets! Plus it’s super cool and lightweight.
– Sunglasses that block 100 percent of UV rays and also absorb most HEV rays. Frames with a close-fitting wraparound style provide the best protection because they limit how much stray sunlight reaches your eyes. For more info on choosing the right sunglasses, check out All About Vision.
– A wide-brimmed hat. This is REALLY useful for long days touring round temples or cities. Heat stroke is common with travellers so it’s useful to keep your head out of direct sunlight.
– Artificial fabrics such as nylon and rayon tend to encourage sweat and itchiness.
– Lycra is a guaranteed heat trap and should be avoided at all costs!
– Polyester is water resistant which means sweat has nowhere to go! This could easily cause irritation.
– Avoid denim shorts as the stiff material will only aggrevate you during extreme heat.