There is no doubt that it is hot, hot, hot here in sunny Las Vegas. We are reaching temperatures north of 100 degrees and feeling it. To feel somewhat sane and not-so-hot, many of us are heading to the pool and trying to keep cool. Whether you are heading to a pool club on the strip or attending a backyard pool party, there are a few things you should keep in mind before saying hello to the sun.

Wake up and hydrate
It is so important to keep your body hydrated several hours before spending time outside. If you’re living in Vegas, you know the importance of drinking water in this desert heat. For the out-of-towners out there, dehydration is a serious matter here in Vegas and can result in many symptoms, such as nausea, lightheadedness and muscle cramps. Not to mention your hair, skin and eyes will feel very dry. Welcome to the subtropical desert climate.

Survival Tip #1: Drink plenty of water before heading outside and keep a water bottle close by. Don’t be afraid to ask for water when you’re out, and make sure to locate a water stand before getting your sugary drink.

Wear a hat
In the Vegas heat, there is no better way to add to your style than with a hat. It will keep your face out of the sun and shield it from UV and skin damage. 30 years from now you will thank yourself. Day clubs overlook hats, and often recommend bringing one to shield you from the sun due to their limited shade.

Survival Tip #2: Wear a hat. The bigger the better – there’s no shame.

Sunscreen, Sunscreen Sunscreen
Didn’t your momma always tell you to apply sunscreen before getting into the pool? If she didn’t, we’re telling you now. Apply that sunscreen. Even with (rare) cloudy days, the UV rays can still burn your skin. Don’t skip this step and avoid tanning oils. You can still get tan with proper sunscreen.

Survival Tip #3: Opt for SPF 30 or higher and make sure to reapply. Find something water-resistant and with broad spectrum protection.

Find the shade
Make sure to scope out the shadiest spots upon entering your pool party. If you’re at a backyard pool party, you can always plop yourself back in the house to avoid the sun or stand under an umbrella. Day clubs are a little trickier, but sometimes you can find umbrellas or even open cabanas. Make friends with those that have rented a cabana and bingo, you’re in the shade.

Survival Tip #4: Find that shade and stay there as long as possible.

Cool your pulse points
This one might sound silly, but put your wrists under cold water or grab a few ice cubes. This remedy works because you will be targeting your pulse points. The blood vessels at your pulse points are so close to the surface of the skin that you can actually cool your body down. Try it at your next pool party and see how effective it is.

Survival Tip #5: Cool down your body by applying cold water to your pulse points. Wrist, back of the neck, inside of the elbow and knees, top of the feet, and inside both ankles. 

As always, do what feels right to you. Stay safe and have fun. Tag us in your pictures on Facebook and Instagram @BestofVegas and feel free to share with us which survival tip you will be taking with you to your next pool party.