# 5. Beat the Heat
If your area’s experiencing a heat wave, keep cool by planning your activities for early or late in the day to avoid direct overhead sunlight. Dress appropriately in light, breathable layers to shade yourself from the sun and allow sweat to evaporate off skin. Stay hydrated by regularly drinking water (keep a half-full bottle in the freezer, and top it off with water before you head out the door), and hopping in a pool or misting your skin with a squirt bottle. Wear a hat to shade your head and face. If you develop a headache or become dizzy or weak, stop what you’re doing and head for some shade.