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A Journeywoman's Beat-the-Heat Fact Sheet


Men are better than women...


Sorry ladies... Men apparently acclimatize (to heat) faster than women because the male hormone, testosterone, stimulates sweating.

(John Hatt, The Tropical Traveler, Penguin Books)


Sun-baked lips...

Be kind to your lips during the heat. It's wise to protect them with a product containing an SPF.

Too much sun?

The best remedy for sore lips I have ever discovered is the jojoba moisture cream sold by the Body Shop.

(John Hatt, The Tropical Traveler, Penguin Books)


You're probably not pregnant...

It is common for menstruation to become irregular or stop temporarily, especially in temperature extremes. This does not require medical attention but may cause stress for sexually active heterosexual women.

(Thalia Zepatos, A Journey of One's Own, The Eighth Mountain Press)


Protect your journey baby...

JourneyMamas and nannies take note! Babies' bottoms are very prone to prickly heat, an intense rash which develops when the sweat glands are plugged and become infected. To ease this condition, avoid plastic coated disposable diapers. Instead use cotton diapers and eliminate any rubber pants. Your journeybabies will be very grateful!

(From Journeywoman files)

P.S. From Amanda DeGrace 'I'm a huge fan of fuzzibunz diapers


The heat is on and you're a tourist...

Plan to be indoors especially during the extreme heat of the day.

Carry a collapsible fan and use it when necessary (i.e. in open-air markets, at bus stops on walking tours, etc.).

Concentrate on slowing down your walking pace.

Use transportation whenever possible even for short distances.

(Source: Shopping in Exotic Thailand, Ron & Caryl Krannich)

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