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Heat-related illness prevention doesn’t require remaining indoors with the air-conditioning blasting all summer long. But it does require some planning and accessories!
It’s not easy staying cool when dealing with multiple chronic illnesses. My body began overheating long before my hysterectomy. Fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis also make it hard to regulate my body’s temperature.
Heatstroke is no joke! Whether at home or on the go, I have my favorite products with me all summer long. Take a peek and see what might help you!
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Wearable Heat-Related Illness Prevention Accessories
Cooling vests may not be the most attractive accessory, but as those of us with chronic illness can attest, comfort is far more important than fashion. Some are air-activated, while others require the insertion of icepacks or being frozen themselves.
Don’t want to wear a vest? No problem! There are dresses, shirts, and shawls that both protect you from the sun while whisking moisture away from your body.
Heat-Related Illness Prevention Accessories You Should Never Leave Home Without
Staying cool when outdoors can be tricky. I would overheat without having a clue that it had happened! It would occur at least once or twice every summer, that is until I purchased some cool accessories!
Cooling cloths are a godsend! Seriously, I will not spend time outdoors without them. Whether I am walking down the street to pick up my mail or being pushed in my wheelchair at Disneyland, cooling cloths help regulate my body’s temperature. I wear them around my neck and across my shoulders. If I am sitting in the sun and wearing shorts, I use a damp cooling cloth to cover them.
Other accessories that help me stay cool are my portable fans and misters! I have several different types that I share with my family because sometimes I like a mist and sometimes I don’t. Having options allows me to have what I want when I need it.
Start from the top!
Although I love floppy hats, my head is not a fan of them. Wearing a hat, no matter how roomy it is, for more than an hour will trigger inflammation around my skull. While hats are not my go-to cool accessory, they may be yours!
When there is no shade in sight, I turn to a parasol or umbrella to create my own! This accessory has been a lifesaver while waiting for parades to start at Disneyland or waiting for the sun to set at an outdoor concert.
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Most Important Outdoor Heat-Related Illness Prevention Accessory
The accessory you should never leave home without is WATER!!! Always carry a refillable water bottle or wear a hydration vest. You can purchase a hydration vest for your service dog too!
When choosing a water bottle, be sure to pick one that is easy to use. For example, when I am using my wheelchair I only have one available hand. That is why my water bottle has a flip-up straw that can be used with one hand.
What heat-related illness prevention tips do you have to add?