It's officially summer in Qatar! And believe it or not, the humidity we're experiencing at the moment is just Level 1 -- can you imagine how hot Level 5 would be? But before we even get there, the ILQ team already has your back! Because we know how unbearable the heat is on this part of the globe, we're sharing you these advanced 'Summer in Qatar' survival tips.
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- If there’s no shade, use your car's outdoor cover or park it under a nearby tree. Be aware though that paking under a tree means that bird droppings are very likely to occur the moment you return. But this is just a friendly reminder, and it doesn't happen always.
- Before getting your windows tinted, get approval first from the traffic department.
- Frequent oil changes and belt checks are a must. Batteries die faster than expected so make sure that coolant fluids are full. Also, it's always recommendable to conduct a tire and air pressure check especially before a long drive.
- Extra water for drinking and/or for the car.
- Steering wheel cover. A cloth fabric (not leather) to allow you to grip the steering wheel comfortably even after the vehicle's long exposure to the heat of the sun. You can also use a small towel or handkerchief for this. If you don't have a windshield sunshade, place the small towel on the leather seat before you leave so you that when you come back, you can just get in and sit down without worrying about anything.
- Snacks, such as granola bars or small bags of crackers.
- Cooler or insulated shopping bag. If you're shopping and have a bit of time before getting home, a cooler with an ice pack or insulated shopping bag will keep those frozen items from melting or that fresh fish safe.
- A mobile phone, for emergency purposes.
- First aid kit: Items such as ice packs, ace bandages, wrist brace, sunscreen, tweezers, x-acto blade, batteries, (girl stuff), and various meds like Benadryl or Motrin should be present.
- Emergency kit: Flashlight, flares, jumper cables, blanket, extra clothes and gloves, paper towels, and some basic tools like wrenches, a ratchet and sockets, screwdrivers and pliers are always a good idea.
- Milk and other dairy products
- Anything packaged under pressure, like hair spray or soda pop
- Tapes, CDs, or DVDs
- Sunscreen in a bottle. Buy little packets or towelettes instead
- Crayons, candy, gum, lipstick
- Make your food stop the least prioritized on your list of chores. The sooner you can get home with your groceries, the better.
- If your kids want to eat snack in the car, give them non-perishable snacks, like nuts and crackers or dried fruit instead of cheese sticks.
- If you're on a road trip and taking beverages, stay away from cans of carbonated beverages that could explode in the car. Stick with plastic bottled, non-carbonated drinks or juice boxes.
- If you are going on a day trip -- or even across town -- freeze a couple of bottles of water, sport drinks or lemonade for the entire trip. If you keep them in a cooler, they'll be cold all way through.
If you are eating outdoors in the desert heat, here are some additional reminders:
- Plan just enough stuff so that there'll be no leftovers.
- Keep everything in a cooler until you are ready to eat.
- Avoid using dairy products at your picnic or at your patio party. Mayonnaise can go bad pretty quickly.
- Any food left outside for more than an hour or so should be thrown out.
And the most important tip: Don't ever leave children or pets in a closed car. CALL 999 if any trouble ensues.
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Have you been experiencing early discomfort from the onset of the summer season in the country? How do you usually deal with this? And were our tips helpful? If you have more tips to add, let us know in the comment section below and also, don't forget to like and share this article -- it keeps us going!
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