It's going to be hot this weekend, and we have some heat advisories. Here's a couple of reminders for the holiday weekend:
- Hydrate: Don't wait until you are thirsty, but drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Eat foods that are hydrating, like cold watermelon. Make sure that you primarily drink water and avoid liquids that have lots of caffeine and sugar because they dehydrate you. This will also help you replace any salt/minerals you've lost from sweating.
- Wear loose, lightweight, light colored clothing.
- Pace yourself if you aren't used to working outdoors.
- Take breaks often in air conditioned places.
- Check on Elderly family and friends make sure they have air conditioned conditions and plenty of water.
- Make sure pets have plenty of cool water, and keep them indoors if possible.
- Avoid hot foods and heavy meals - they add heat to your body.
If you think someone is becoming severely overheated get them to a shady area and cool them rapidly. Monitor their temperature, and contact medical professionals for further instructions. Warning signs of heat stroke vary. Here are a few signs to look for:
- Extremely high body temperature (above 103 deg F)
- Red, hot, and dry skin (no sweating)
- Rapid strong pulse
- Throbbing headache
Easy Packing Tips for Summer Travel: here's a few of my favorite easy packing tips for summer travel.
Hate ironing? Avoid it by packing clothes between layers of tissue paper for wrinkle free travels.
Conditioner as Shaving Cream:
Lighten your luggage, use conditioner as shaving cream.
Address Label Travel ID Tags:
Tag your precious travel items, such as your iPod and digital camera with return address labels. If you accidentally leave them a Good Samaritan will know where to mail it.
Towel Plant Waterer:
Keep plants hydrated while you're away by placing a towel in a bathtub or sink. Fill the basin with about 2" of water, then thoroughly water the houseplants. Place the plants on top of the towel and they will soak up the water.
Plastic Drinking Straw as Knot Preventer:
For tangle-free jewelry during your travels, unclasp the chain, thread it through a plastic drinking straw, and reclasp. For a shorter chain, cut the drinking straw to the desired length.
Matchbox as Travel Sewing Kit:Matchboxes make perfect mini sewing kits for on the go clothing emergencies. Once the sticks are gone, fill a matchbox with a few sewing essentials: needles, thread, buttons, and a few safety pins.
Button Ear Ring Holder:
Keep sets of earrings together on your next trip by fastening them to a button so they won't get separated in your jewelry bag or suitcase pocket.
Altoids Tin as Crayon/Activity Boxes:
Use Altoid Tins to hold crayons or small toys to keep kids entertained in the car or during the next waiting room visit.
Shower Cap as Shoe Bag:
Prevent dirt or sand from soiling the clothing in your suitcase by sliding them in a cheap disposable shower cap. For more tips, check out the full article at Real Simple.
Tenth Avenue North: "Losing"
Here's an unique lyric video for their latest song.