How to Protect Yourself from Heat Exhaustion at Rock The Desert
We challenged some of our record high temperatures in West Texas this week and there is no break in sight. If you HAVE to be out in the heat, like say at Rock The Desert, here are some tips to keep you cool!
From my experience in working at ROCK THE DESERT, I can tell you that staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do while you're out there. Buy yourself a Camelback hydration system and fill it with cool water; This will accomplish two things: It will keep you cool and ensure that you have water with you if you get 'crowd locked' during the show.
Make sure that you take high SPF sunscreen with you as the UV index will be high throughout the festival. Spend the warmest part of the day in the shade or indoors.
Eat well-balanced, light, and regular meals and avoid salt tablets (unless directed). Limit your intake of alcoholic beverages; they raise your body temperature. (That shouldn't be a problem at the festival, but you would be surprised what some folks will do).
Dress in baggy, lightweight, and light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible. Protect your face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat. I also wear a shemagh to keep the sun off.
Avoid hard physical work during the warmest part of the day. Use a buddy system and take frequent breaks.
Never leave children or pets alone in closed vehicles.
If you feel lightheaded, stop sweating or become nauseous, cramp up or begin to have a headache, seek medical help immediately!