Texas is hot. No, Texas is hotter than hot. Texas is so hot that I refuse to go outside in the summer unless it is absolutely necessary and there is no way around it. If you’ve never been to Texas in the summer, I envy you. So, with that little description, you can probably guess that 11 am games in Texas heat are not fun. But, that heat is not going to stop me or the thousands of other Aggies from piling into Kyle Field and standing the entire game. Standing the entire game?? Yep, that’s the 12th man for you! Maybe I need a post on Aggie traditions…
Anyways, the scorching heat of football games is grueling. After spending more time than I would like to admit sweating in the stands, I’ve learned quite a bit about how to survive the heat. Here are my tips:
Yes that long sleeve top you just bought is adorable and those cowboy boots would complete that outfit perfectly, but is that really the smartest thing to wear? When it’s 90+ degrees outside and you will be standing in direct sunlight for four hours, be smart about how you dress. Wear sandals, shorts or a skirt, and a sleeveless shirt.
If you want to actually see the field without shielding your eyes the entire game, don’t forget a hat and a pair of sunglasses. Plus, if you wear two french braids like I usually do, it will keep your part from getting sunburnt. I’ve had that happen way too often!
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. And no, beer does not count as hydrating. Make sure you are drinking a ton of water before the game. You are going to be sweating like crazy and packed into the stands like sardines. You don’t want to be that person who passes out or throws up. There is always that person. Do not be that person. Have fun during tailgates, but please remember to drink tons of water.
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Most places will let you bring water into the stadiums. Take advantage of this! The night before, freeze a few water bottles, or maybe even a gallon water jug, and bring them to the game with you. That way, you will always have cold water and you won’t have to buy the expensive water bottles the stadium sells. Plus, frozen water bottles feel great on the back of your neck.
Bring a portable charger for your phone or buy a charging case. Let’s be real here, there will be lots of pictures and social media posts before, during, and after the game. It can be really frustrating when your phone battery is low – or worse, when your phone dies. You will be draining your battery on game day, so be sure to bring a portable charger to save the day.
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I feel like this is pretty self-explanatory, but a reminder never hurts. Put on sunscreen before you leave the house for the day and be sure to bring it to the game with you. If you feel like you’re getting burnt, put on some more. You can never have too much sunscreen.
For those of you who forgot sunscreen, didn’t apply enough of it, or you’re just that pale (I fall into the latter category), you’re going to need aloe vera for the next day. You can get this at just about any pharmacy or even buy the plant. It has saved my skin many times!
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How do you beat the heat? Let me know in the comments below!