You’ve finally decided on the destination for your next trip, and it’s a trip to a hot country? These countries are popular with us French, especially when winter arrives.
Hot countries often mean humid countries, so be prepared, because behind the pretty postcard landscapes, your body will need to adapt to this new climate. But don’t panic, here are a few tips to help you.
The essentials to pack for a trip to a hot country
When it comes to clothing, opt for lightweight materials like linen, which won’t stick to the skin. You may be tempted by shorts and tank tops, but beware: some countries require clothing that covers most of the body (for both men and women). You’re sure to find clothing that’s much more suitable than what you’d find in France, especially if you’re going away in winter!
For swimming and water sports, an anti-UV T-shirt can make all the difference. Close to Ecuador, the sun really beats down, and we sometimes forget to put on sunscreen when we’re busy snorkeling or surfing.
And don’t forget that hot, humid countries are also rainy, sometimes very much so! So it’s essential to pack a raincoat.
Depending on the type of trip you’re planning, you’ll be walking more or less. But note that in these countries, walking in closed-toe sneakers can be difficult to bear. When you’re out in the wilderness, of course, you’ll have no other choice. But when visiting cities, open-toe shoes are more comfortable. Be sure to pack shoes that are open, but also comfortable for walking for several hours. Beach flip-flops are not recommended, for example. Instead, choose flip-flops that hold your foot firmly and offer a good sole (Birkenstocks, for example).
Taking a few basic medicines with you can be a great help in the event of a minor problem. Whatever your destination, I recommend you pack the classics: paracetamol, an antidiarrheal and pills for stomach aches. A few band-aids and an antibacterial gel and you’re ready for adventure!
I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you about your health. Remember to check the vaccinations required for the country you’re traveling to. Some are mandatory for entry into the country, while others are simply recommended.
In any case, for peace of mind, remember to take out international insurance with Qiti! More often than you might think, something goes wrong on the spot.
Useful products you’ll find on site
Sunscreen is essential, but you’re sure to find some locally. Local products are often more suitable. Forget factor 30 creams; if you’re going to a country close to Ecuador, factor 50 is essential, at least every 2 hours. The sun in these countries is not the same as it is here! It really burns, so protect yourself.
Hot countries often mean humid countries… Mosquitoes are particularly prevalent in this kind of climate. Mosquito repellents available in France are generally not enough, so when you arrive, ask the locals for the best product. If you’re going on an expedition into the jungle, for example, you’ll need to bring some covering clothing, as mosquito repellent won’t be enough to protect you.
Tips to help your body withstand the heat in a hot country
You’ll feel it as soon as you arrive, and your body will need time to adapt. It’s possible to feel slightly bloated and weak after just a little effort. And every outing can feel like a real effort! But don’t worry, after a few days you’ll be used to it, and after a few weeks you won’t even notice the difference.
The main risk is dehydration. You need to drink much more than you’re used to in France. You’ll usually find electrolyte-based drinks to combat dehydration. Avoid alcohol, coffee and sugary drinks, which are dehydrating. Instead, drink water or hot tea, which hydrates and helps you sweat.
As you may have noticed, in hot climates, people seem to live in slow motion. This slow life is characteristic of hot countries. This is simply because, with such heat, our bodies are not adapted to moving fast. So don’t struggle, and follow the local rhythm (often with naps between 12 and 4 p.m.!).
Finally, to help your body cool down, wet it regularly. Bathe as often as you can, and when you’re out and about, carry a spray bottle or a wet glove for your face and forearms.
The longer you stay in a hot, humid climate, the more your body will get used to it. If at first you wonder how the local population can live here, after a few weeks you won’t want to leave (well… it depends on what kind of person you are!).
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