The Best Way to Dress for A Hot Day’s Work
When you’re going out to do a long day’s work in the hot sun, the clothes you choose can make all the difference. It can be an important decision if you’re in an area where the heat is intense enough to bring on heat stroke—and dehydration is a risk no matter where you live.
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You might be tempted to reach for shorts and a sleeveless shirt. Those will give you plenty of circulation, but they’ll leave your skin exposed to the sun. On the other end of the spectrum you’ve got denim, which is plenty durable, but can make you feel very hot while you’re working.
So what’s the right approach?
In the video down below, I show you my favorite solution.
It All Starts With the Hat
To keep the sun off your head and face, you can’t beat a wide-brimmed hat. The wider the brim, the better. Make sure that your hat keeps the sun off the back of your neck, and you might even move the hat to a different position on your head—depending on where the sun is at any given point in time.
Straw is the material of choice, but there are some other good options out there. Whatever material you choose, just make sure that the hat is light and cool. It’s best if you pick a hat that allows for some ventilation on the top of your head.
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The Best Dress for Working in the Heat
The next article of clothing to think about is your shirt. When you’re working in the sun, it is really important to keep the sun off of your skin, so you should always choose a long-sleeved shirt. A long-sleeved button-down shirt is a good choice. As I suggest in the video, you can often get a great deal on “sun shirts” at the thrift store.
One trick you can use to keep yourself cool in a long-sleeved shirt is to periodically dunk the entire shirt in water. That way you’ll get a nice cool feeling every time there’s a breeze, as the water in your shirt evaporates into the air.
Check out this video for more tips:
This is an updated version of an article that was originally published on September 16, 2016.
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Marjory Wildcraft is the founder of The Grow Network, which is a community of people focused on modern self-sufficient living. She has been featured by National Geographic as an expert in off-grid living, she hosted the Mother Earth News Online Homesteading Summit, and she is listed in Who’s Who in America for having inspired hundreds of thousands of backyard gardens. Marjory was the focus of an article that won Reuter’s Food Sustainability Media Award, and she recently authored The Grow System: The Essential Guide to Modern Self-Sufficient Living—From Growing Food to Making Medicine.