How to Survive a Heat Wave

This week is going to be hell in Egypt, so get ready for it to reach highs of 45 degrees, and read about our top tips.

Since they haven’t created a portable AC yet, there’s only so much we can do to keep cool, so sorry about that, it’s not our fault…

Wear light layers to keep it breezy


The best people to learn from in this situation are the fala7een, they know what’s up when it comes to dealing with the heat – it’s all about keeping the breeze. Galabeyas are the way to go, but sadly it’s not an outfit to try out on a Friday night in Zamalek, so keep it safe and wear the lightest shirts you own.

Carry something to fan yourself with


If you think you’re classy, then walk around with a hand fan, but most of us aren’t about that life, so stick to something that you know will work, like a piece of paper. You might look bee2a fanning yourself in the middle of a restaurant, but anything is worth stopping your makeup becoming blotchy.

Keep hydrated


You forget how important water is until you’re stuck in traffic on the Mehwar and the AC in your car isn’t working, so you have the windows open and you’re longing for a sip of water. If you’re one of those people that likes to prepare ahead of time, freeze your water bottles before you sleep to have cold water all day every day.

Carry tissues around for when the sweat begins to pour


You need to prepare yourself for the sweat because it will come and when it does, it won’t be pretty. You need to keep dabbing until the sweat is gone or else you’ll be left with sweat patches everywhere – not pretty.

Stay indoors unless it’s an emergency


Don’t leave the AC unless your friend just called you and told you that he got arrested and needs you to bail him out. There are very few things that will seem urgent enough for you to leave your house, think wisely before you enter the heat.

If you will be outdoors, make sure you’re at the beach or tanning by the pool


Unless you have a large body of water near you that you can dive into when you feel like the heat is about to suffocate you, then don’t go out. It’s not worth it.

Wear light colours


We all know that light colours reflect the heat, so be smart when you’re trying to figure out what to wear, it makes a difference.

Avoid adding more warmth by eating fresh food and drinking cooling drinks


Stick to salads and ice coffees to make sure you aren’t always warm, it may seem like it doesn’t make a difference but it really does, plus it gives you the excuse to be healthy for a few days.

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