My daughter started band camp this week and has a busy schedule from now until the end of football season. If you have ever been to Texas, it is HOT in August and they are spending several hours outside learning their movements. It is easy to become quickly dehydrated and overheated if you aren’t careful. I remember the very first year that she started band camp, she wasn’t used to spending time outside and she almost passed out the first day. Today, I wanted to share some tips to survive band camp especially if you live in an area where it is over a 100 degrees outside in August.
Disclosure: This post is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions regarding the UIL rules for your school district, please speak to your child’s band director. For all life threatening injuries or if you think your child has symptoms of heat exhaustion, please go to the doctor or nearest emergency room.
Wear Light Colored T-Shirts
If you don’t have very many light colored t-shirts, you will want to head to the store and grab a few. They don’t have to be expensive shirts but they should be loose fitting. A light colored t-shirt won’t absorb the sunlight and will keep you feeling cooler. Steer clear of compression shirts and dark colored shirts, they can tend to make your overheat quicker.
If you are spending hours in the sun, you need to protect your skin from getting sunburn. Don’t forget to lather on the sunscreen first thing in the mornings and reapply it several times during the day.
Wear a Hat
Invest in a wide brim hat, if possible, to protect your neck, face, and head. A baseball cap will work in a pinch but it won’t offer as much protection as a wide brim hat.
My daughter wears sunglasses when she is outside to protect her eyes from harmful uv rays. She wears glasses and she just found a bigger pair of sunglasses that fit over her glasses. Sunglasses are great for being able to see your band director if the sun is shinning in your eyes but they also protect you from harmful UV rays. UV rays are known to cause cataracts. Plus, sunglasses also protect your eyes from harmful “blue light” and can help prevent macular degeneration.