How to Stay Cool in Florida

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It’s easy to understand why so many people flock to Florida in their sunset years: an abundance of sunny days, mild winters, affordability, tax benefits, outdoor activities, plenty of resources for retirees, and much more. But summers in Florida are undeniably hot. Actually, spring and fall are often quite balmy as well! So if you’re planning to retire in the Sunshine State, it’s important that you learn how to stay cool in Florida. From your clothing and dining choices to fun gadgets and lifestyle habits, there’s a lot you can do to avoid melting in the Floridian sun.

How to Stay Cool in Florida

Dress in light-colored, lightweight, loose clothing.

Light-colored clothes reflect heat instead of absorbing it, which will keep you cooler. And by wearing lightweight and loose clothes, you can help air flow freely around your body and sweat evaporate. It’s also helpful to look for breathable fabrics (like cotton and linen) and avoid synthetics, which tend to trap body heat.

Hot Tip: You may wish to invest in some UV-protective clothing (also called UPF clothing) to help block the sun’s rays when you’re planning to be in the sun.

Drink lots of water.

Did you know that water helps regulate your body temperature? Replenish your body’s water supply throughout the day by sipping on water — even if you’re not thirsty! Seniors’ bodies struggle to recognize dehydration, which means it’s not uncommon for a senior to be dehydrated but not thirsty.

Avoid the midday sun.

Always review the forecast when you’re planning to be outdoors and plan ahead. Typically, you want to avoid being outside between 10 am and 4 pm, when the temperature is hottest. Instead, head out early or wait until evening.

Wear a hat.

Any hat will shield your head from the sun, but if you really want to cool down, choose a white hat, which will reflect the sun’s rays, with a wide brim, which provides more shade.

Stay in the shade — or carry an umbrella!

When you’re outside, always try to stay in the shade.

Carrying an umbrella may seem silly, but it’s actually a great way to bring shade with you wherever you go. Any umbrella will work, but if you’re purchasing a new umbrella, look for one that offers UV protection. As an added bonus, you’ll be prepared for Florida’s frequent spontaneous rain showers.

Purchase a personal misting fan.

A personal misting fan can be a godsend on scorchingly hot days. These days, many are rechargeable and portable, so you can easily take them wherever you go. Some are even hands-free, designed to hook around your neck.

Even if you don’t want to carry around a fan, consider buying a mini spray bottle so that you’re able to mist yourself on hot days. Add a little peppermint oil to the water — the menthol will produce a natural cooling feeling!

Use a cooling neck wrap.

When you’re hot, your body produces sweat to help cool you off. Cooling neck wraps work in a similar fashion. You simply soak the wrap in water, wring out the excess, and shake it out before applying it to your neck. As the water evaporates, your body will feel cooler. You can apply these types of wraps to other pulse points as well — your elbows, the backs of your wrists, the backs of your knees — to cool down quickly.

Splash around at the pool or beach.

Our bodies are always giving off heat, and water helps conduct this heat away from the body. So if you’re at the beach or the pool, take a little dip to cool down.

Enjoy that AC.

Finally, spend lots of time relaxing in air-conditioning spaces! Be kind to your body, listen to it, and don’t be afraid to head inside if you feel like you’re getting overheated.


Wondering how to keep cool in Florida? The tips above will help keep you comfortable — even in the middle of summer!

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