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How to Keep Cool and Comfortable Whilst Travelling in Summer

  • December 11, 2021
  • By 50 Shades
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How to Keep Cool and Comfortable Whilst Travelling in Summer

In my part of the world, Australia, we’re about to come into Summer with warmer temperatures and lots of sunshine. Now that most states in Australia are finally coming out of lockdown, we can now make plans to travel again. In this post I’ve come up with some tips for how to keep cool and comfortable whilst travelling in Summer.

We’re planning to embark on a short holiday in our caravan during the Christmas holiday break. The good thing about the warmer weather is that it makes packing a lot easier. It reduces the amount of bulk and need for warmer thicker clothing. My main staples for caravanning in Summer are shorts, t shirts and Summer dresses. See my caravan clothing packing list HERE

How to keep cool and comfortable whilst travelling in summer
Nambucca Heads Caravan Park

Tips for Keeping Cool and Comfortable

My tips for keeping cool and comfortable are fairly simple:

  • Summer is the perfect time of the year to get active. Let’s face it we’ve all probably gained some kilos during lockdown and Winter! So get out and about for a brisk beach walk, a bike ride or maybe an exercise program. But as the warmer weather sets in make sure you do this in the early morning or evening to avoid the heat of the day.
How to keep cool & comfortable whilst travelling in Summer
Beach walking in Summer
  • Wear lightweight clothing to keep yourself cool. Shorts, bike pants, tank tops and loose-fitting floaty dresses are ideal. However always wear sunscreen and clothing that protects you against the harsh sun, plus a broad rimmed hat.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water during the warmer weather.
  • Think about your underwear and consider wearing a great fitting crop top or wireless bra for supreme comfort. These bras can still give you good support, a nice shape and a smooth look under a t-shirt or tight fitting top. The one I wear is this Playtex Comfort Revolution Contour Wirefree Bra. It is cool, comfortable, gives me enough support and a seam-free smooth look.
How to keep cool and comfortable whilst travelling in summer
  • Footwear for the warmer weather consists of thongs and strappy sandals. There are some great thongs around that look rather smart. Espadrille sandals, clogs or mules are very fashionable at the moment.

  • On balmy Summer days and nights a smart sundress always looks nice, paired with some sandals, maybe something with a wedge heal. The midi length or even maxi length in dresses, is in vogue so don’t be shy about baring your legs.
How to keep cool & comfortable whilst travelling in Summer
  • If you’re not a dress type of woman, consider wearing capri or palazzo pants with a pretty top or blouse.

  • Embrace the playsuit! They look very cool and casual and can suit we elderly women as long as the length is not too short.

  • Linen clothing is extremely popular at present. This fabric always looks chic and is perfect for Summer.
How to keep cool and comfortable whilst travelling in summer
Drawstring Linen shorts are cool and comfortable

Travel During Summer

The majority of us tend to take our holidays during the warmer months of the year. The Christmas holiday period is when the majority of we Australians get some well-earned time off. The warmer temperatures make it more conducive to partaking in outdoor activities to help us get over our Winter woes. Things like, cycling, walking/hiking, paddling a kayak, playing certain sports and sightseeing are all more enjoyable when the weather is warm.

how to keep warm, cosy & comfortable during the cooler months
Hiking in Carnarvon Gorge

Many holidaymakers head off to the coastline and the golden beaches for their Summer breaks. It’s always a few degrees cooler near the beach and the water is refreshing, instantly cooling us down. There’a nothing more appealing than sunny days lazing on a beach chair or hammock, with a cool sea breeze coming off the water.

On really hot days I like to wear my bathers with either a sarong or coverup over the top. Then I can dip in and out of the water at my leisure to keep cool.

How to keep cool and comfortable whilst travelling in summer

Summer Travel Destinations in Australia

Beaches, lakes, rivers and holiday resorts are all extremely popular as Summer travel destinations in Australia. Many Australian holidaymakers love to caravan or camp at their favourite holiday park or camping ground. Some holiday parks these days have plenty of attractions for kids to keep them busy. Things like swimming pools, waterslides, water playgrounds, paddle boats, kayaks and bicycles are standard.

How to keep cool and comfortable whilst travelling in Summer
Waterpark at Big4 Holiday Park Yamba

Holiday or caravan parks tend to have the best beachside or waterfront locations in Australia. Many offer either river or creek access as well as a short walking distance to the beach.

How to keep cool & comfortable whilst travelling in Summer
Creekfront Caravan/Camping sites at Hat Head Holiday Park

For other travellers that enjoy more of a luxury holiday there are plenty of hotels, resorts, holiday units and holiday homes available over the Summer holiday period. Some of the best Australian East Coast Summer holiday locations that come to mind are Airlie Beach and The Whitsundays in Queensland; the Gold and Sunshine Coasts in South East Queensland; Central Coast of New South Wales; North Coast of New South Wales; Sydney Eastern Beaches; and the Mornington or Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria.

How to keep cool & comfortable whilst travelling in Summer
Noosa Heads Beachfront Resort

It doesn’t matter where you head this Summer for your holidays. Just ensure you keep yourself cool and comfortable and enjoy the break! For some more Australian travel destination inspiration, see my post 31 Favourite Instagrammable Aussie Places

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By 50 Shades, December 11, 2021 Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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50 Shades

Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.

2 Comments
  • Life Images by Jill
    December 23, 2021

    Great tips for summer travelling Kathy. We tend not to go too far in summer, preferring to travel to the north of our state in south western cooler winter times. So these are good tips for the northern part of Australia. We have been planning for over 2 years to travel to Queensland but we seem to keep getting cut off at the pass! Hopefully in the next couple of years. Wishing you and yours a safe and happy Christmas Kathy in these troubling Covid times.

    • Kathy
      December 24, 2021

      That is perfectly understandable Jill. It gets far too hot and humid in the northern parts of Australia. We tend to not travel too much in Summer but stay closer to home. Hopefully we will be heading off in our caravan to the southern states at the end of January. Thank you for your comments and support during 2021.

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