Let’s play a game word association. If we say the word ‘commute’ what to you think of? Bad breath? Sweaty armpits? Personal space invaders? Are we right? Thought so. Commuting at any time of the year is hellish. However, being squished together like sardines on a summers day is even more unbearable than most times of the year. It’s hot, sweaty and even more smelly than usual. To make your commute a little less horrible and a little more bearable, we’ve teamed up with Odaban to give you 10 top tips on ways to make your commute more bearable this summer!
Wear natural fabrics that breath easily such as linen, cotton etc. to avoid unnecessary sweating and avoid synthetics as they trap heat
Wear open toe shoes if possible, as we lose huge amounts of heat through our feet it’s a good way of helping our body to stay cooler. Feet also swell in the heat so open toe shoes will help them to stay comfortable as well
Use an amazingly effective antiperspirant in problem areas of the body to avoid odour and embarrassing stains
Avoid spicy foods as they can make you sweat more and exacerbate odour
Wear thin layers so you can easily remove them as and when needed
Drink chrysanthemum tea, Practitioners say chrysanthemum is a cooling herb which clears the head
Avoid caffeine and alcohol these can make you sweat more
The night before you go out for the day in the sun, roll some damp flannels up and pop them in the freezer. Take them with you in a plastic bag. Then, when you start to feel hot, unwrap them and place them over your face.
Always carry around a bottle of water with you, it’s important to stay hydrated in the heat especially on the tube.
Men, take off your tie. Removing formal neckwear can lower body temperature by between 2C and 3C