There’s no denying weather is usually hot AF is Singapore. At times, the temperature gets so high that it makes you just want to leave the office, take a dip in the pool or head to Snow City, right? Alas, you can’t do that unless you want to get into trouble with the HR department. But what you can do are these five essential things so you can survive Singapore’s hot weather—literally. After all, sun stroke is a serious thing.
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When you sweat, your body loses water and salt, and it’s important to replace the loss so you don’t get dehydrated. Despite rumours that coconut water is more hydrating than water, there hasn’t been scientific evidence to support the claim, but honestly, we wouldn’t mind going for it anyway simply because it’s tasty yet low in calories. Try Coco Life, made of 100% natural coconut water. It comes in a convenient pack so you can bring on-the-go and even cap it back on if you can’t finish everything in one go.
Coco Life retails for a recommended selling price (RSP) of $1.50 (330ml) is available at major supermarkets. It’s also now available in a 1-litre pack at an RSP of $3.55.
Carry a portable fan
A lot of Singaporeans don’t do this, but do you know that in countries like Japan and South Korea, the younger people would bring along a battery-operated portable fan during summer? There is a wide array available in the market now, from cute ones to those released as part of concert merchandise, so you’ll defo find one you like. Head to Bugis Street, novelty stores or online shopping platforms like Taobao or Lazada to shop one.
As an advocate of sunscreen and sunblock, we recommend that you get yourself covered (in sun protection) before stepping out. Prolonged overexposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer, which is the seventh most common type of cancer among Singaporean women and doctors have seen an increase in the number of younger patients being diagnosed with it. So make sure you reapply sunscreen before stepping out in the sun. It’s also good to invest in an umbrella that has UV protection.
Wear clothes with light fabrics
Donning thick or heavy fabrics when the sun is shining is a surefire recipe to sweat buckets. Stick to cotton or even materials like UNIQLO’s AIRrism to ensure you keep your body cool. If you’re someone who sweats a lot, we would even suggest that you have a spare top at hand for times when your top soaking through but you have an important appointment. The denim-on-denim look may be trendy but not a good one to test-drive in this weather.
Go to air-conditioned places
This one’s obvious. If you don’t have aircon at home, head to a place with good air-conditioning system like these places.