We were chatting yesterday about what Denise should pack for her upcoming European holiday, so we put together a list of must-haves for her suitcase for the hot weather they're experiencing in many of the destinations she'll be visiting.
Be Super Cool
Opt for clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton, linen, or lightweight synthetic materials that allow air circulation and keep you cool. Mela Purdie's breathable technical polyester Mache and Mouselline fabrics are perfect for hot weather an are light-weight and travel ready.
Choose loose-fitting outfits to promote ventilation and avoid trapping heat against your body.
Light-coloured clothing reflects more sunlight and can help you stay cooler than dark-coloured clothing, but it tends to let in more UV rays. Bright colours help absorb UV before it hits your skin.
Layering helps you regulate your temperature throughout the day and can help cut down the effects of UV penetrating your clothing. With an extensive range of shapes and sizes to suit everyone, Mela Purdie really is built for travel with a range that is designed to mix and match to take you from exploring to a luxe dinner in comfort.
Although it might seem counterintuitive, long-sleeved shirts and pants made from breathable fabrics can actually protect your skin from direct sunlight while keeping you cool.
Wear a wide-brimmed hat to shield your face, neck, and ears from the sun. A tightly woven hat will stop your head getting sunburnt too.
Protect your eyes from harmful UV rays by wearing sunglasses with UV protection.
Take a good supply of SPF 50+ in your bag and remember to re-apply regularly.
Tightly woven (dense) fabrics offer the best protection against UV. Hold anything you are planning for days exploring up to a light. If you can see through it so can the UV rays.
If you plan on spending a lot of time outdoors, look for clothing labeled with UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor), which offers additional sun protection.
Keep Your Feet Cool
Choose open-toe shoes or sandals with good airflow to keep your feet cool. Remember to put sunscreen on your feet before you put them on if you're wearing shoes that show any skin. There is no quicker way to ruin a vacation than having sunburnt feet!
Carry a Lightweight Scarf
A lightweight densely woven scarf can be useful for covering your shoulders or neck if you find yourself in an area with intense sun exposure.
Slip in a Compact Brollie
Walking with your own personal shade is a great way to keep cool, and the options for compact umbrellas these days is almost endless. Make sure you get one that is pre-treated with UV reflective properties.
We hope this guide helps gets you ready for your summer adventure!
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