There are hot countries, and then there are really hot countries. If you have never been to a really hot country, you might struggle to determine what the difference is between the two. A hot country is nicely hot, like Spain in summer, whereas a really hot country is too hot, such as Zambia, for instance.
Of course, that being said, if there is a country that you are dying to visit, you cannot let the fact that it is a really hot country put you off. No, you simply have to be smart about planning your trip and take the steps needed to ensure that you can make the most of your time abroad, rather than despising it. (Yes, in a hot country when you aren’t properly prepared, that can happen…)
So, what does it take to be ready to travel to a hot country? For everything that you need to know, have a read of the below tips and advice.
Be selective about your accommodation
There is absolutely nothing worse than not being able to sleep because it’s too hot in your hotel room. That’s why being smart about the hotel that you pick and choosing a modern option, such as Protea Hotel Lusaka, that comes with air conditioning in every room. It’s also worth checking if this is included in the price of the accommodation, or whether it is charged at an extra rate per night. Ideally, you want to book accommodation that comes with complimentary air conditioning, to keep costs as low as possible.
Pack lightweight, light coloured clothes
For hot countries, it is important to make sure that you have packed lightweight, light coloured clothes. Wearing clothing that is lightweight, made of cotton, and light in colour will help to make sure that you are able to stay as cool as possible. Packing a sun hat and open-toed shoes is also important for ensuring that you are able to stay cool regardless of the temperature.
Plan activities for the mornings and evenings
The temperature tends to heat up most in the middle of the day, which is why it is a good idea to plan activities for the mornings and evenings, for when the temperatures tend to be lower. In the middle of the day, from 12 noon to 3 pm, that is when the weather is hottest and when you don’t want to be outside in the sun. There are plenty of activities that you can choose to do in the mornings or evenings; it’s just a case of taking the time to plan your schedule. During the hottest time of day, relaxing at your hotel or in a local park or cafe in the shade is ideal, as that way you can ensure that you are not out in the heat too long and don’t develop heat stroke.
There you have it, a guide to what you need to know when it comes to travelling to a hot country. Take note of the tips and advice above, and you can ensure that you are able to make the most of your trip to a hot a country.