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# 5 Essential Tips to Beat the Louisiana Heat

Hey there, y’all! If you’re about to visit Louisiana this summer (or already here and sweatin’), get ready for an amazing time with our rich history, vibrant culture, and finger-lickin’ good food. Louisiana’s sun-tropic summer’s last from June till September so let’s talk about how to handle the sweltering heat that comes with living in a swamp. Whether you’re strolling through New Orleans’ enchanting streets or exploring our picturesque bayous, these five tips will help you manage the heat like a seasoned local:

1. Stay Hydrated, Stay Refreshed

The first rule of thumb to beat the Louisiana heat is to stay hydrated. Make sure you carry a reusable water bottle with you at all times, and keep sipping on water throughout the day. Sweet tea can be as temping as a Hurricane in this weather, but don’t overdo the alcohol and caffeinated drinks as they can dry you out even more. Also, indulge in hydrating fruits like watermelon, strawberries, and oranges to keep your energy levels up while staying cool.

If you ever feel like you need to hydrate with something other than water pickle juice, pedialyte, or gatorade are all great options. If particularly over done, either through sun or bourbon street, consider checking out at IV clinic. As a tour guide, I go a few times through the summer to keep myself on the street day in and night out.

2. Dress for the Heat

Choosing the right attire can make a world of difference in handling the heat. Opt for lightweight, breathable, and loose-fitting clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton. Light-colored clothes can also help reflect sunlight and keep you cooler. Don’t forget to bring a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to shield yourself from the scorching rays.

If you are a fan of skirts or kilts, take advantage of them. The air flow makes walking around the French Quarter (but don’t forget your bloomers or there will be chafing). Bring your most comfortable clothes, because nothing is weird in the French Quarter. In fact you’ll look more like a local than the people in denim jeans!

3. Plan Outdoor Activities Wisely

Louisiana has a wealth of outdoor activities (we are the “Sportsman’s Paradise, after all), but planning these activities around the heat will keep you from being exposed to the worst of it. From 11 AM til around 4 PM considering booking indoor activities, or outdoor ones with lots of shade and airconditioning. My mamma wouldn’t let us play outside (or mow the lawn) during these hours, and I follow that to this day.

Try to schedule your outdoor adventures during the early morning or late afternoon when the sun isn’t as unforgiving. It will make your experience all the better.

4. Embrace Water-Based Fun

In Louisiana, water is your best friend during the summer months, and it better be because you’re not going to escape it. Explore the countless water-based activities available, like kayaking through the scenic bayous or taking a relaxing swamp tour. Head to our beautiful Gulf Coast beaches for a refreshing dip in the ocean or cool off in the many water parks scattered across the state. And don’t forget to put on waterproof sunscreen before diving into the fun!

Rain can come at any minute during the summer, so it is handy to keep an umbrella, raincoat, or ponchos with you. A radar app is highly recommended, because just as fast as the rain starts, it can end and a radar will be the best way of determining if you will be walking home in five minutes or thirty.

5. Learn from the Locals

The folks in Louisiana have mastered the art of dealing with the heat, so don’t be shy to ask us. Observe the locals habits and adopt their ways to stay cool. Whether it’s enjoying a sno-ball – our local version of a snow cone – or savoring a delicious Creole Cream Cheese ice cream at Creole Creamery, embrace the unique cooling treats and traditions that make Louisiana special.


You’re all set to embrace Louisiana’s vibrant culture and history, and it’ll be even more enjoyable when you beat the heat like a pro. Louisiana summers can get hotter than a crawfish boil, but with a few handy tips, you’ll stay cool, comfortable, and make the most of your trip

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