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How should I prepare my body for prolonged exposure to heat?

There are a few things that influence your body's ability to regulate heat. Nutrition, clothing, behavior, and practice are the big ones. Nutrition is important as far as making sure you're properly ...
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How should I prepare my body for prolonged exposure to heat?

It takes about 2 years to fully get used to heat. A ball cap is not good. Get a vented brim hat. The old straw hats are very good, they absorb moisture, and cool by evaporation. The woven reed cone ...
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Which place in the car is coolest on hot sunny days?

My car has a double floor in the trunk. To my experience this is the coolest place in the whole car and I will often store a bottle of water there before leaving for a hike which is sufficiently cool ...
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What are the first signs that you are headed for heat exhaustion, and what should you do?

Serious heat related illness in wilderness medicine is broken up into two categories, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. This blog post from NOLS has a pretty good overview of the two (including signs &...
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Which place in the car is coolest on hot sunny days?

The inside of an insulated cooler that is inside the car (anywhere). This seems like the best solution to your situation.
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Which place in the car is coolest on hot sunny days?

Let's deep dive into the physics of the problem. A location in the car is not enough, because the entire car will tend to equalize to the same temperature over time, and it will be quite high. Car ...
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How should I regulate hydration on long hikes in hot temprature?

The amount of water you require can vary a lot depending on the conditions and your level of exertion and conditioning. Dehydration can affect your physical and mental performance quite quickly so it ...
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How should I prepare my body for prolonged exposure to heat?

I go to Arizona and hike around the desert pretty much every summer. One thing I've noticed that makes a difference is to immerse yourself in the heat. Don't try to avoid it; embrace it. I have ...
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How to deal with keeping a first aid kit inside a hot car?

Keeping things against the floor with insulation on top is often the best approach for keeping them cool. This could be under the front seats or in the spare wheel compartment, but many modern cars ...
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How to deal with keeping a first aid kit inside a hot car?

The two main tricks for storing things in a car in hot temperatures are, Try to keep the car as cool as possible, Park in the shade. Use a reflective windshield shade to reflect some of the heat ...
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What are the first signs that you are headed for heat exhaustion, and what should you do?

Speaking from a few occasions, I can describe this list: (Anectodal being what it is, YMMV). Generally, I was aware of feeling hot and discomforted by heat A very alarming generalsense of unease. ...
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How to deal with keeping a first aid kit inside a hot car?

Consider splitting the kit. Put dressings, scissors, hemostat, tape ... in one for non perishables. I like using a fishing tackle box. Athletic tape, antiseptic powder, saline solution, and bar ...
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How should I prepare my body for prolonged exposure to heat?

As there are already a lot of good answers, I thought I'd just tackle the one bit I haven't seen addressed. tldr: Drinking water and passing water can help remove excess heat in itself, disregarding ...
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How should I prepare my body for prolonged exposure to heat?

As a native Floridian I can tell you dealing with the heat takes a lot more awareness then dealing with the cold. Cold is easy compared to heat. Mostly because cold effects can be felt, while heat can’...
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How should I prepare my body for prolonged exposure to heat?

I lived in a city where temperatures didn't rise above 31°C until I was 18 year old, and then moved to another where summer easily gets above 42°C (real feel can reach 54°C). I'm a climber, and I do ...
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Is linen a good or bad choice for underwear when (hitch)hiking in hot and/or tropical weather?

I have tailored on and off for many years and am somewhat familiar with the differences in various fabrics. Not all I read on the internet am I inclined to believe about various fabrics, but I would ...
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How to deal with keeping a first aid kit inside a hot car?

There are good answers regarding where to put it and how to best protect it. I'll add a few insights to those excellent answers. Separate the insensitive stuff from the sensitive stuff. Bandaids, ...
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What are the first signs that you are headed for heat exhaustion, and what should you do?

I wanted to add some details that might compliment the other answers here by looking at specific signs and symptoms that help evaluate dehydration. My experience as an EMT weighs in here, and links ...
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