Man overheating while hiking

How To Avoid Heat Stroke During Your Outdoor Summer Adventures

By Jenna Busch


Being outside in the summer is wonderful, but a bit of prevention and knowing what to do if you end up getting sick from the heat can save your life.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends wearing loose, lightweight clothing, which can help keep you cooler. Dark colors absorb light while light colors reflect it.
Schedule your outdoor activities in the early morning or later in the evening so you're not in direct sunlight. If you're not used to exercising in the heat, start slow and work gradually.
Carry water if you're going to be away from civilization, like at a national park or while camping. It's important to hydrate when you're around water, like at the beach or a pool.
Skip beer, alcohol, and sugary beverages. Sports drinks or electrolyte powders you can put in water can help replace salt and minerals that are lost through your sweat.
If there is a heat alert outside, skip the activity and wait for it to get cooler. Keep an eye on your companions — if you see signs of heat exhaustion, get help immediately.