Here are some tips on how to stay cool under the Arizona sun:
- Cover Up. It might seem counterintuitive, but bring long-sleeved shirts, socks and pants. And don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat! Your clothes will be your first layer of protection between you and the sun.
- Stay Wet. Soak Everything — yourself, your clothes, your hair, your hat, your bandana or sarong in that cold river water! Or place a wet bandana on the back of your neck.
- Keep Away From The Rocks. Don’t set up your campsite next to that really cool-looking rock wall. Rocks retain heat; that rock wall will act as a space heater all night long. Instead, set up your camp (forgo the tent altogether; they can keep you too warm on hot nights) as close to the river as possible. You might get a refreshing breeze coming off the water.
- Drink water! Be sure to hydrate continuously throughout the day, drink plenty of electrolytes and eat salty snacks. Listen to your body and notice the color of your urine; it should be a light yellow and well-hydrated folks likely will need to use the restroom at each rest stop.
- Reapply sunscreen and lip balm frequently. In addition to being pretty uncomfortable, a sunburn can also make you feel warmer.
- Cotton camp clothes. A comfortable cotton t-shirt and shorts or dress/skirt feel great after a day on the river!
There are lots of simple tricks to cool down in the heat of the Grand Canyon. Find what works best for you, stay cool, and have a great trip!