The Florida sun can be brutal during the hot summer months. In a perfect world you’d wait to take the grandkids until the comfortable winter months came along, but if that’s not an option then you’ll appreciate these simple tips to keep you safe from heat related ailments and meltdowns.

orlandovacation_spray-misterGet there early and leave late

The best way to beat the heat is to be at the parks 30 minutes before they open, get as much done as you can before noon, and then head back to your resort or vacation home during the hottest hours of the afternoon. Once it starts cooling off, usually around the time the sun goes down, you can head back to the parks. As an added bonus, this touring plan won’t just keep you out of the hottest rays of the sun – it’ll also keep you away during the busiest parts of the day.

Be prepared!

There are many items that can help keep you and the grandkids as comfortable as possible. Here are a few examples:

  • Sunscreen
  • A mister fan
  • A spray bottle
  • A handheld fan
  • Ponchos to cover you in the case of rain

Keep in mind that virtually all of the items you need can be purchased in the parks, but they’ll easily cost you twice as much as you’d pay to buy them at home and bring them with you.

orlandovacation_cooler-of-snacksConsider your clothing

Dark clothing can bring the heat close to you and keep it there. Tight clothing can become soaked with sweat and keep you warmer. Look for loose fitting, light colored clothing. Moisture-wicking socks and shirts are a great option to ensure you’re not getting bogged down by sweat. These can be found at your local sports or athletic store.

Bring your own cooler

Disney allows you to bring soft-sided coolers and any non-alcoholic beverages – except those in glass bottles. Staying hydrated is a must-do in the heat of the summer, and bringing in your own beverages makes it easy to keep an eye on how well you and the kiddos are meeting your water goals for the day.

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