5 ways to hack this heatwave
You walk out of your door, jet to the train station, and before you know it, you’re drenched in sweat. Welcome to England in the summer.
With London set to reach a humid 30 degrees this Saturday and temperatures soaring across Europe, we’re here to help you prepare for the incoming heatwave with our five trusted tips and tricks.
Invest in multiple cans of dry shampoo
We’ve all had to frantically dry our hair under the workplace bathroom hand dryer, but there’s a much better option. Get a few canisters of dry shampoo, and strategically stock them at your desk, in your purse and at home.
Just a few spritzes will soak up any sweat, leaving you with frizz-free–and most importantly, dry–hair. Check out Batiste, an affordable and accessible range of dry shampoos which boasts an option for nearly every hair type.
Yeah, yeah, you’ve heard it before, but it’s still incredibly good advice. During a heatwave, you need to be replenishing your body with the water it’s sweating out–and no, your daily iced coffee isn’t a substitute for plain, pure water.
The good news is that the City of London is installing more than 100 drinking fountains across the capital this summer, so as long as you have a refillable water bottle on you, it’ll be easier than ever to keep hydrated on the go.
Purchase a portable fan
You might associate them with tourists, but once you’ve experienced the Central Line during rush hour in 99 per cent humidity (ouch), you’ll be thankful to have one. Plus, it’s more hygienic than fanning yourself with a newspaper someone left behind on the Tube.
This portable fan from Toyuugo comes in four colours, has three speed settings, and is small enough to slip into a medium-sized purse, but if you need a fan ASAP, this foldable fan from John Lewis is a safe bet.
Pack extra clothes
If you’re prone to sweating and you’re able to change at work, this is the easiest way to hack those humid days. Pack lightweight clothes that will easily fit in your purse or bag, remembering to pack extra pants, tights or bras if necessary.
Then, simply wear comfortable clothes on your commute, swipe on a new layer of deodorant before you change, and nobody will be the wiser.
Arrive earlier, leave later
One of the most uncomfortable parts of a heatwave is travelling with other sweaty, cranky commuters. By leaving for work before the 8:30-9:30am rush hour or leaving work after the hectic 5-6pm rush, you can catch a train or bus that’s less packed, less humid and might even have a seat available.