Most people aren’t aware of the heat rush problems there are in Cambodia. It is important to take into consideration the following preventive measures to make the most of your trip and avoid problems in Cambodia.
My top 5 tips to beat Cambodia’s heat! 1- Stay Hydrated: When we travel we usually don’t bring along a water bottle or container. We pack clothes, first aid kit, sunscreen, etc. For me it’s basic to travel with my 1 liter Nalgene bottle. If it’s not packed then I haven’t finished my packing. It is very important to stay hydrated while traveling and specially in countries like Cambodia where heat is unbearable. Don’t forget to pack a refillable bottle!
2- Stay out of the sun: Don’t be fooled by the early fresh temperatures of the morning, temperatures will rise throughout the day. Therefore, I suggest you go out and about early in the morning. Knowing how warm it was going to get during the day, I would wake up early and get going. By the time you start getting closer to noon I suggest you stay out of the sun. Try to plan your day so that by noon you are visiting temples. Long, continuous periods of exposure to high temperatures and insufficient fluids can leave you vulnerable to a heatstroke.
3- Avoid tight clothes: When exposed to high temperatures our bodies swell and retain liquids. The best way to feel comfortable with swollen bodies is by wearing nice and comfy clothes. In Cambodia, people dress conservatively. The best way to be comfortable and dress appropriately according to their believes is to wear lightweight light colored clothing, loose-fitting long-sleeved cotton shirts and long loose-fitting pants. You will be nice and comfy and locals won’t stare at you. Something that always helps me stay dry is to change clothes as often as you can.
4- Ride tuk-tuks: When visiting Cambodia tuk-tuks are a MUST! They are the best way to move from one place to another and the best way to cool off from the heat.
5- Best dates to travel: the coolest months are between October to February.
3 tips to stay hydrated in Cambodia:
-Drink water: most of us are used to drinking 2 liters of water but when traveling in Cambodia this amount isn’t enough. When exposed to high temperatures our bodies sweat in order to regulate body temperature. To stay hydrated I recommend drinking 4 liters of water to make sure your body receives all the liquid it has lost.
-Drink rehydration sachets: I recommend rehydration sachets when you are feeling a little weak. These will help you recover all those electrolytes you may have lost through sweat. -Drink coconut water: Cambodia has delicious coconut water. This is a great way to stay hydrated.
Heat Rash (Prickly Heat): I hadn’t heard of prickly heat until I arrived to South East Asia. It is an itchy rash caused by excessive perspiration trapped under the skin. Cambodia is the typical country where you might get this. It usually strikes people who have just arrived in a hot climate. Keeping cool by staying away from the sun or wearing comfy clothes, frequent cold showers, using baby powder to help absorb any humidity and help drying the skin, or air conditioning might help with prickly heat.