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Lake Texoma: Top Ten Heat Hacks For Summer Fun


Lake Texoma: Top Ten Heat Hacks For Summer Fun

While enjoying your time at Lake Texoma during the summer months, there are several things you can do to stay cool. Learn more about these top ten heat hacks to use during your summer fun at the lake!

Hydration – Drink plenty of water during your stay at the lake in the summer months. Have plenty of water on hand, you and your family, as well as your furry companions. Consume twice as much water as usual in the summer heat.

Carry Salty Quick Foods – During the summer temps, the body can become low on energy and sodium reserves. Eat salty snack packs during your time in the heat. This can include salty trail mix, dried fruits and nuts, beef jerky, and other sodium-rich foods.

Plan for the Heat – Plan for the heat, even if the weatherman is saying to temps will be cooler than usual. Weather can change, and it is always best to be prepared for a hot day. Also, plan out your day based on the cooler times of the day when possible. Plan early morning excursions or late evening fun when possible. This will help you to be active during your stay at the lake, yet smart in the times to stay cooler.

Use Sunscreen – Apply sunscreen before heading out on your excursion. Also, carry sunscreen with you to reapply as needed. If you are swimmer, then reapply sunscreen more often. If you are sweating, then also consider reapplying more sunscreen to help beat the heat.

Proper Summer Clothing – Wear suitable summer clothing during your visit to the lake or outdoor areas. Wear lighter clothing to reflect the sun's rays. Bring a hat for a headcover. Use appropriate shoes and dress in loose clothing to stay cool.

Rest Locations – During the summertime, when the heat is rising, take time to know where your rest locations will be. Seek out shady areas if fishing from the bank or taking a day hike through the state park in your area.

Awareness – Let others know where you are going and when you plan to be back to camp. This will allow others who are visiting with you to have a timeline to review. If you are not back within the specified amount of time, then help can be sent to check on you.

Use a Buddy System – When hiking, or fishing, use a buddy system. Each “buddy” can keep an eye on each other. People react differently to the hot temps, and one may be able to send for help if needed.

Stay Mobile – Carry your mobile cell phone with you. Some areas may not have reception, but it is always best to carry a phone with you, just in case. Even if you “buddy” has to walk to an area of reception, it will allow help to be sent much quicker in many situations.

Understand Signs of Heat Stroke & Exhaustion – A high body temperature and clammy skin is the first sign of heatstroke. Consider carrying a thermometer with you. Other symptoms include altered behavior, nausea, flushed skin changes, increased breathing, heart racing, and a headache. Heat exhaustion symptoms include feeling fatigue, dizziness, headache, muscle cramping, confusion, and nausea.

Plan a Safe Summer Excursion

Plan a safe summer excursion to the lake! Use these top ten heat hacks to help you continue to have fun during your stay! Hydrate, bring salty snacks, use sunscreen, and dress appropriately. Don’t forget to use a buddy system, let others know what you are doing, and carry a mobile phone. Understand the signs of heatstroke and heat exhaustion. Plan ahead for your next outing to your favorite lake destination!


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