The British climate can always be relied upon to be unpredictable. One minute there’s thunderstorms in August, the next, the hottest day of the year strikes! If you’re travelling for business when a heatwave hits, you can very quickly become hot under the collar. Read on for our top tips to stay cool and relaxed during the sticky temperatures, whenever they may appear.
1 – Take a change of clothes
Where possible, we’d always recommend taking a change of clothes so that you can travel in cooler, more casual wear. A full 3 piece suit may look sharp for your meeting, but a thin t-shirt and shorts will keep you cool on your next train journey. Get changed after you’ve arrived at your destination and you’ll feel a lot more fresh and relaxed.
2 – Limit your caffeine
During a heatwave it’s incredibly easy to become dehydrated without noticing. If you’re used to having frequent cups of tea and coffee throughout the day, you’re even more likely to become parched. Swap your caffeine for water and remember to take a reusable bottle with you to fill up at the airport or train station.
3 – Keep your room cool
If you’re staying in a hotel room that doesn’t have air conditioning, keep the curtains or blinds closed when you leave the room in the daytime to help keep out some of the heat. Have a lukewarm shower before bed to stay cool and request thinner bed linen if your bed has a thick quilt.
4 – Plan ahead
If your journey is taking place at the hottest time of the day (typically between 3-5pm), then make sure you’re prepared. Carry a water bottle with you to stay hydrated and allow a little extra time for your journey. The last thing you’d want to do in a heatwave is run to catch your train!
5 – Spray away
Travelling with a misting spray can help keep you cool on long journeys. Available from most major health and beauty retailers, these little cans can help you lower your body temperature and keep you feeling refreshed on the go.
So there you have it! We hope you can keep cool the next time a heatwave hits.