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  • noman2013
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    I am from Arizona and know the heat all to well and I make several trips to Vegas each year, so I do a lot of walking in the heat. I would try and keep your trips short. For example if you are walking the strip take your time and go inside every couple of casinos to cool off and get some water. I would always keep a bottle of water with me when walking. If you can afford to, get a daily rail pass for the strip, the tram has AC. If you are staying off strip, Rio or Gold Coast-they have free shuttles to the strip which can make planning easier. In fact, most off-strip hotels have shuttles. If you plan your route and transportation you should be fine.

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  • AZdepth
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    If you plan on visiting a swimming pool during the day, you'll need flip flops or something to protect your feet from the deck - it gets REALLY hot. Like, you can't walk 2 steps without burning your feet, not even to get from your chair to the pool.

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  • froggy
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    Originally posted by Obi-Wan View Post
    If your pee is yellow, you have to drink more.
    If it is white, like clear water, than you have enough drunk.
    Amen. Piss clear! One Burning Man tip we can all use.

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  • sintax_error
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    Originally posted by Obi-Wan View Post
    ...I recommend to put electrolyte with some flavor of choice into water. I am not sure where to get in vegas, in Germany you by it at shops like doc morris and it
    is cheaper than gatorade or other chemic drinks.
    If this is the route you want to go, there are CamelBak tabs you can drop into the bladder which are sold pretty much everywhere I've seen CamelBaks for sale, sub $10 per pack (IIRC they come in 8-packs, maybe 12.) I've also seen little Alka-Seltzer style tabs at places like CVS and Walgreens (all over Vegas.) Full Disclosure: I haven't used either of these products and thusly cannot endorse or attest to their effectiveness nor can I call bullshit on them, I'm simply offering up suggestions related to the above post with information based on what I've seen.

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  • Obi-Wan
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    most is allready said.

    A very good indicator of how much dehydrated your body is, is your pee.

    If your pee is yellow, you have to drink more.
    If it is white, like clear water, than you have enough drunk.
    Coffee or Tee will dehydrate untrained Coffee drinker, but when you drink it like water (as most of us do, i think) than it is like drinking water.

    I recommend to put electrolyte with some flavor of choice into water. I am not sure where to get in vegas, in Germany you by it at shops like doc morris and it
    is cheaper than gatorade or other chemic drinks.

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  • Surreal
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    A few cons ago I overheard a goon's sage advice for guys walking a lot in the heat: Boxer Briefs! Get some soft, cotton boxer briefs and forget baby powder, corn starch, or walking like a rodeo clown.

    Changed my life, it has... <sniff>

    Originally posted by strat View Post
    I just happened upon this thread and I'm going to take it to more sensitive realms. If you're not used to heat, and you didn't adhere to the advice about loose-fitting clothing, you're going to risk a problem that might be new and different to you, chafing. ...
    Surreal

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  • Cy-Fi
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    I've found a very good sunscreen for these types of environments. I'm very pale and burn/get sun-sick very easily, I've had the best luck with Dermatone Sunblock W/Zinc. I first used it when in Hawaii last year & didn't have any of the usual complications I get from prolonged exposure to the sun.

    Any zinc based sunblock marketed for mountain climbing would probably be as effective.

    Another benefit of using this stuff is that it doesn't have that awful sunscreen smell.

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  • nitchimon
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    as others have said...

    -lip balm
    -spf 50 for a slight tan
    -LIGHT clothing. There are shirts and sports shorts that are naturally wicking and very comfortable.
    - sunglasses for both day and night outings (hey the strip is BRIGHT at night!)
    - water or sports drinks. Soda or alcohol can get you ill in the sun. Been there, done that, ruined a dang good t-shirt!
    - it's a dry heat that evaporates your sweat so fast, it can chill you. Don't believe it, jump in a pool and get out. the evaporation off the skin is chilling.
    - stay out of direct sunlight if possible.
    - travel or walk around at night. Everything is well lit.
    - camel back (as someone else has said)
    - alcohol consumption indoors is good, outside? between the heat and alcohol, prepare to place on the street what you ate earlier or last night.
    - singles, dollar bills.... for some of the clubs you "might" go to... oh wait, wrong forum for this advice, never mind...
    - if you venture outside in the heat of day, a hat or cap or in some places a touke! (sp)
    -walk the strip at night. I melted a dang good cheap watch on the strip in 116 degree heat! inner workings melted! besides, you'll see better sights at night.
    -non-recycled condoms. recycling these things is a nasty job! and besides, its vegas! whoops, my bad, wrong forum.. never mind...
    - (just an off topic thought, I've never seen toilet paper hanging from Palm trees in vegas, panties, yes, toilet paper, no) (and don't get caught doing it! they ARE strict in some ways in vegas, besides it was just an observation)
    -water or a sportsdrink (gatorade or similar) trick to staying cool and hydrated.
    -walk outside in the sun with your mouth CLOSED! You will evaporate fluids faster through the mouth. If its a good discussion, get indoors at a bar or somewhere air conditioned!
    -Did I mention water?

    The strip and outdoors vegas is more comfortable at night. just watch out for pick-pockets.

    enjoy!

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  • astcell
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    Get a camelback. You always wanted one anyway, this will be the reason for it.

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  • jax
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    I live in Finland and visited Las Vegas for the first time last year. I was shocked by the heat and lack of humidity. As others have warned, you don't feel how much you're sweating because it evaporates immediately. I second the recommendations for sunscreen, lip balm, saline spray, and sports drinks. If weight gain or sugar levels are a problem for you, I recommend sugar-free sports drinks. I needed to drink about half a gallon a day just of sports drinks, so the calories can add up. A good hand/body lotion is also a good idea if your skin tends to be dry. I also took along an umbrella to use as a parasol. I found it more comfortable than wearing a hat, and it provided shade for my whole body. I saw plenty of guys with umbrellas, too, so it's not just for the ladies.

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  • RedGeek
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    The color coded piss chart cracked me up. Also! As a ginger that has spent time in Vegas, I have a few tips. If you're walking down the streets you want to walk as close to the buildings as possible (a lot of them have shade producing quailities) Also a camel pack http://www.amazon.com/Camelbak-Class...5167822&sr=8-1 is going to be really useful. Drink ALL THE TIME if you aren't sweating it doesn't mean you aren't losing water. I'm a ginger so this might be different for you, but the spf should be in the hundreds and it should be put on before AND after going outside :)

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  • bluknight
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    Originally posted by P33V3 View Post
    Every year we see people get partied out and sometimes near comatose and unresponsive because they forget to keep hydrated.
    As someone who qualified for the above, I have to concur. Hydrate, hydrate, and hydrate some more. Watch the booze intake -- seriously. Even if you're from a desert climate or higher altitude, VEGAS WILL TAKE YOU BY SURPRISE. As occasionally amusing as it is to have a story that contains "and then I woke up in the hospital..." -- THIS IS NOT A GOOD IDEA.

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  • P33V3
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    It is Vegas you kind of have to deal with it. That being said. It is Vegas, if you stay at the RIO there is little reason for you to go outside for any reason other than to catch a cab to/from the airport.

    Now to my important advice.

    For every drink of alcohol, drink 2 glasses of water.
    For every shot of hotsauce in the hotsauce contest drink 4. Seriously

    Every year we see people get partied out and sometimes near comatose and unresponsive because they forget to keep hydrated.

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  • 0x90
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    I'm from the UK too and Defcon 18 was my first time in Las Vegas, and the heat was a big shock as the hottest weather I'd been in up until then was about 25 centigrade. I'd advise that if you're going to be getting the bus up and down the strip to make sure you know what time they're supposed to be, particularly around 13:00 as it is HELL to be waiting around in the sun at mid day as there's just no escaping it. When you're in the casinos and restaurants and stuff you'll not notice the heat at all as they all have very good air conditioning (at least all the ones I went into).

    If you do intend to do a bit of wondering around definitely make sure you have some comfortable shoes on, I took the trainers I wear every day but in the heat my feet wear sweating and swelling up and it led to a lot of really painful blisters.

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  • strat
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    I just happened upon this thread and I'm going to take it to more sensitive realms. If you're not used to heat, and you didn't adhere to the advice about loose-fitting clothing, you're going to risk a problem that might be new and different to you, chafing. This is particularly true if you're wearing jeans. Never did I appreciate the wonders of talcum powder more than one particularly hellish DC some years ago. If you don't follow the clothing advice, don't be surprised if you find yourself having to walk funny just in order to avoid pain when you move your legs. I'm not a particularly large guy, but after that experience I had a new found empathy for my larger colleagues who probably had to deal with far worse than I did.

    You can also use powder that's corn starch based. Some sissy companies have been converting to corn starch in their formulations due to concerns about inhalation of mineral dust (talc is a rock), but for my money, corn starch is less tolerant of water and turning into paste. It's worth some tiny possibility of exposure to asbestos or other particles if it means I'm comfortable and not limping around for a weekend. If you're that concerned, the dust mask in your avatar photo would mitigate any risk just fine.

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