Staying Cool in Survival

sun-293615_640When you think about survival, you tend to gloss right over the little things we take advantage of in today’s world. With the heat of the summer right around the corner, it is important to start thinking about how you will stay cool in a survival situation. It isn’t just about comfort. It is about your health. Working hard in the heat is a recipe for disaster and will lead to heat exhaustion or possibly heat stroke. You need to be prepared to deal with the heat without the luxury of air conditioning to retreat to when you are hot.

  • If you are hunkering down in your home, cover the windows with blankets or use some aluminum foil to cover the windows. Blocking the sun’s rays from heating up your home is a major step in keeping your house somewhat cool.
  • Try to hang out in rooms of the home that are on the northern side. These will be a few degrees cooler.
  • If you are in the open, seek shade and stay put during the heat of the day. Do any manual labor in the early hours of the morning or in the late evening.forest-218266_640
  • Increase your water intake if it is overly warm or you are walking or expending energy in the heat.
  • Invest in a small portable solar panel now. You can hook a small fan up to the solar panel to provide a bit of a breeze.
  • Learn how to make a bucket AC out of a 5-gallon bucket. You will need a solar panel and a small desk fan. These are actually very effective.
  • Soak a bandana in water and lay it across the back of your neck. This will help keep you cool.
  • Always wear a hat and cover as much skin as possible with lightweight cotton or silk garments. You don’t want the sun beating down on your skin.
  • If you have a basement, hang out down there during the heat of the day.
  • If you are in the wilderness, the earth is actually fairly cool. Dig a trench and hunker down.

Being cool isn’t just about feeling comfortable. Your core body temperature must stay at a safe range, around the 98.6 range. A couple degrees over that and you will start to experience symptoms of heat exhaustion.

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