Summer in Okinawa can be amazing. The color of the water becomes alive with the sparkling reflection of the sun, the fish are more vibrantly colored, and the sun is that much stronger. While many of us want to be beach bums or bunnies, we have to keep in mind Okinawa is closer to the equator. Hotter sun equals more skin damage. Let’s beat the heat, look cool while doing it and survive summer in Okinawa.
1. Wear sunscreen
You’re probably thinking, “Yeah, duh,” but the amount of burnt foreigners I see is large. We go out wanting that amazing tan, but come back redder than a lobster. Trust me, your skin will still tan with the sunscreen and it won’t be as painful.
2. Invest in sweat towels and fans
Thanks to the local Daiso, you can buy a plethora of cute towels and fans that easily go into any pocket or handbag. Do you ever wonder why Japanese people don’t sweat? That’s why. They’re constantly wiping the sweat off their faces.
3. Cotton everything
It’s inevitable. You will sweat. You’ll sweat standing without even doing anything. If you buy loose cotton clothes, you’ll still feel sweaty and sticky but not as bad with tighter clothes. Also, make sure your shorts are mostly cotton. I’ve had a few nasty chaffing incidents because they weren’t.
4. Buy the cool wipes
Also sold at the amazing Daiso (and convenience stores), these cool wipes are awesome for beating the heat. Some of them even have baby powder so that way you don’t smell. They make you feel fresh once you wipe your body with them. These wipes come in packages for the body and face, so make sure you check the packaging. Be careful not to wipe your face with the body cool wipes because that can sting.
5. Invest in really good A/C in your car
A summer here can be downright miserable without it. That cold air blowing can be a godsend after a hot day anywhere without it.
6. Keep hydrated
Okinawa’s humid climate takes a lot of your body. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water. I’ve seen people pass out from dehydration and heat stroke. It’s not fun and you’ll feel like shit.
Has anyone ever been to Okinawa and can attest to this? Is there anything you would add to the list? I look forward to hearing from you soon!