4 Easy Ways To Prevent Heat Exhaustion


It happened to me…I got mild heat exhaustion a few weeks ago.

A nightmare ensured afterwards – headaches, vertigo, disorientation. Just overall yuck!

Needless to say, I spent the rest of the day inside with the AC full blast and drinking as much water as possible. Heat exhaustion caused by sun exposure is a nasty business and not something you should take lightly, especially if you have underlying medical conditions. So what exactly is heat exhaustion?

Mayo Clinic gives the definition as: “Heat exhaustion is a condition whose symptoms may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of your body overheating.” Believe me when I say – you don’t want any part of this horrible reaction to the sun.

So I’m sharing 4 easy ways to protect yourself from heat exhaustion this summer. Keep reading to find out!

4 Easy Ways To Prevent Heat Exhuastion |The Petite Bijou

Details: Dress from ShopRuche, now closed (similar here and here) | Sunglasses | Straw Fedora | Sandals (similar here)


1. Avoid Peak “Sun” Times

The consensus generally is to avoid being outdoors in extreme heat from 11 am to 4 pm. I understand if this is inconvienant, but it’s one of the best ways to protect yourself. Why this time frame? Because the sun’s rays are the strongest during this time of day. And if it’s a clear summer day you can expect the sun the be beating down on you. Get stuck outside without shade or water during this time and you’ll develop heat exhaustion within a matter of minutes.


4 Easy Ways To Prevent Heat Exhuastion |The Petite Bijou

4 Easy Ways To Prevent Heat Exhuastion |The Petite Bijou


2. The Sunscreen Mantra

Applying sunscreen before heading out is a must. This step will help stop the harmful UV rays of the sun from penetrating your skin. Overtime, prolonged sun exposure often leafs to skin cancer and wrinkles. Protect your skin by using a high SPF sunscreen on any areas of your body that aren’t covered, including your face.

Look, I don’t like sticky or gooey sunscreen either, so my favorite sunscreen to do the job is Neutragena’s Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen with SPF 100+. It’s the #1 dermatologist recommend sunscreen, and it’s easy to see why. This formula is very lightweight, absorbs easily. and is water resistant! It’s so lightweight, I even use it on my face! I apply it before I leave the house and I also carry it in my purse (it fits!) to reapply during the day.

Ulta is having a Buy 1 Get 1 50% off deal for the sunscreen.


4 Easy Ways To Prevent Heat Exhuastion |The Petite Bijou

3. Be A Mad Hatter

I hat like mad bro. Hats are one of the best ways to protect yourself from developing heat exhuastion. If you think about it, our heads are the closest to the sun. We’re essentially frying up our heads without proper sun protection. This can lead to heat exhaustion in a matter of minutes if you’re in an extremely hot environment. I’m wearing a simple straw fedora, which is fashionable and protective. But check out these hats too. Don’t forget to cover your eyes too! Harmful rays can cause many eye problems such as cataracts. Cover up with chic but functional sunglasses.


4 Easy Ways To Prevent Heat Exhuastion |The Petite Bijou

4. Stay Hydrated

Dehydration is the leading cause of heat exhaustion. They say if your thirst you’re already dehydrated. It’s incredibly important to carry a water bottle around with you when you are spending time in the sun. U really love Trader Joe’s super special alkaline formula to give me that extra pep in my step. I either carry this as shown or transfer it to cute water bottles like this one from Kate Spade. It’s important to keep drinking and avoid any type of caffeine, which causes dehydration.


4 Easy Ways To Prevent Heat Exhuastion |The Petite Bijou

Details: Dress from ShopRuche, now closed (similar here and here) | Sunglasses | Straw Fedora | Sandals (similar here)

Hope this post was helpful. I think you can still be chic and comfortable in the sun – you just have to make sure you aren’t over heated! What is your most trusted sun safety tip? Share it with me below!

Prevent heat exhaustion and sunburn this summer with four easy steps. Heat exhaustion can lead to heat strokes - something everyone is at risk for but especially the elderly, children, and people with underlying health conditions. Protect yourself and your family by checking out these easy but not always thought of tips.
















  1. June 23, 2016 / 8:50 PM

    I always make sure to have sunscreen on, and plenty of water when I’m out on a hot day. Staying hydrated is super super important

  2. June 17, 2016 / 3:53 PM

    These tips were perfect for the Texas heat! I need to invest in more hats!

  3. June 17, 2016 / 2:21 PM

    It’s so important to be aware of the sun during the summer months. You may want to spend as much time as possible outdoors to take advantage of the weather, but if you’re not safe it can be very dangerous. I love wearing hats outside and I almost always carry water with me!

  4. June 17, 2016 / 12:59 PM

    Living in Arizona, heat is such a dangerous thing! Hubby and I are actually in a challenge of drinking as much water as possible. The kids have to keep water bottles too. It’s just too dangerous!

  5. June 17, 2016 / 11:03 AM

    Yikes, sorry that happened, glad you are okay. I get sooo thirsty in the summer when it’s hot. It’s been like 95 here in Colorado, I need to drink more water!

  6. June 17, 2016 / 6:37 AM

    These are great tips! The Summer heat hasn’t quite hit us yet, but I know it’s coming! I’ll be doing everything I can to prevent heat exhaustion when it does

  7. Angelle Marix
    June 17, 2016 / 2:08 AM

    Great tips!! I also have learned to wear a hat and drink lots of water!! We are already in high 90’s so these suggestions are a must!!


  8. June 16, 2016 / 10:46 PM

    These are all important tips to keep in mind 🙂

  9. June 16, 2016 / 5:32 PM

    Great tips! (: I follow all the above tips. I’m definitely a hatter but need to drink a little more water daily.

  10. June 16, 2016 / 4:15 PM

    These are such great and much needed tips – especially for my family and I as we live in Florida! Goodness – our summers are hot… and I get concerned because my hubby works out in this heat! I oftentimes unfortunately forget hats but my husband usually remembers…. and he’s almost bald so unfortunately he remembers “the hard way” when he forgets to wear hats! Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate for sure! And don’t forget that strong sun screen – great post!

  11. June 16, 2016 / 10:41 AM

    Great tips! I’m sorry that you had that experience, but thank you for sharing your experience to help others avoid heat exhaustion. I love #3 in particular! 😉

  12. June 16, 2016 / 9:10 AM

    I always like to drink plenty of water and fruits! I try to avoid when it’s the most humid here in Miami, but I can’t since I have to walk to take my daughter to school.

  13. Cathy Mini
    June 16, 2016 / 12:03 AM

    Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear you got heat exhaustion! So scary. Thank you for these tips on how to avoid it.

  14. June 15, 2016 / 9:13 PM

    This is a fantastic post. Thank you for sharing with us all and reminding us that the sun, no matter how beautiful, can be very dangerous, very quickly. When I traveled to NYC the other weekend I witness two heat strokes and it was such a reminder to stay hydrated!

    xo Meg

  15. June 15, 2016 / 3:08 PM

    Great tips! I live in Tucson. It’s supposed to get up to 117 degrees next week! I always go for a walk early in the morning, otherwise I would melt. A friend of mine actually goes out at 3:30 in the morning!

  16. June 15, 2016 / 2:38 PM

    Great read. It’s over 90 here so heat safety tips are always welcomed.

  17. June 15, 2016 / 2:19 PM

    Such important tips for now, especially since summer is officially here!!
    xx, Lauren {www.rosesandrainboots.com}

  18. June 15, 2016 / 2:17 PM

    So sorry to hear you suffered from heat exhaustion, such a scary thing!!! Your tips are great! I’ve really been trying to wear hats more often and when I do, I notice a HUGE difference in how warm I seem to get. Our 10 day forecast in Omaha is looking brutal so I’ll definitely be exercising your suggestions!


  19. June 15, 2016 / 1:10 PM

    These are really good tips! I always tell people these things when they come to visit Arizona in the summer heat!

  20. June 15, 2016 / 1:05 PM

    So many great tips! Its going to be over 105 degrees multiple days in a row where I live next week so this is going to save me!

  21. June 15, 2016 / 12:37 PM

    Phew, all things I need to remember being a fair skin redhead!

    • June 15, 2016 / 12:42 PM

      Definitely important things to remember for anyone! I have jet black hair but I am very fair and also super sensitive to the sun. Stay safe out there!

      xo Mariam

  22. June 15, 2016 / 11:45 AM

    I hide from the sun like the moon, hahah! I am so pale and it is so bad for your skin to lay out. I always use sunscreen and I force myself to drink water. For some reason I can get really lazy about that so I try to keep my nalgene with me all the time, especially since it’s 95 degrees here most days!

    • June 15, 2016 / 12:15 PM

      I’m the same way, Taylor! But my Mediterranean genes want to be in the sun and heat like no one’s business! lol!! I load up on the sunscreen, floppy hats, and coverups too. It’s super important – i don’t think many people realize how dangerous the sun can be, especially during peak times. It’s around 95 today – hoping there’s a good thunderstorm coming our way!

      xo Mariam

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