A move from Hawaii to the mainland may offer you and your family new opportunities, but it may also require you to adjust to a new climate. Compared to Hawaii’s subtropical weather, many mainland destinations feel quite dry. This comparison holds particularly true for West Coast and Southwest destinations, such as Southern California and West Texas.
If you anticipate moving to a drier climate, you may need to adjust your habits to keep your body healthy and yourself happy. In this blog, we list five tips to help you adjust to a dry climate after a move.
1. Control Outdoor Time
You may want to explore your new home, but be cautious of spending long periods of time outside, especially during the summer. Direct sunlight and high winds, both of which appear in most dry climates, can increase the risks of dehydration and heat stroke.
Avoid strenuous outdoor activities as a family until you feel comfortable in the climate.
When you go outdoors, take plenty of breaks in the shade since it can feel several degrees cooler and provide some respite from the heat.
2. Pay Attention to Any Health Issues
Sudden climate changes can trigger a range of health issues. Common ailments associated with moving to a drier climate include itchy or irritated skin, nosebleeds, and worsening allergies. Most of these conditions are mild and temporary and usually respond to topical treatments and sufficient hydration, as we’ll discuss in sections three and four, respectively. However, if you develop a sinus infection, experience difficulty breathing, or have no luck with at-home treatment, consult with your doctor.
3. Rely on Topical Treatments
For dry, flaking, cracking, or irritated skin, use a moisturizing lotion. You may also want to invest in a clinical skin cream intended for overnight use to combat advanced dryness. Additionally, keep lip balm with you throughout your day and use it as needed.
Choose topical ointments made with oatmeal, shea butter, coconut oil, and other ingredients which help the skin retain moisture. Look for treatments with vitamin E, or take a vitamin supplement to keep your fatty acid and vitamin E levels high during the transition.
4. Stay Well Hydrated
Keep yourself hydrated from the inside as well as from the outside. Many health professionals recommend that adults consume 64 ounces of water each day for correct hydration.
In addition to drinking enough water, you must also avoid beverages which encourage dehydration. For at least the first month after your move, you may want to avoid alcohol, soda, and sports drinks as much as possible since these beverages can counteract your water consumption. You may also choose to limit your salt intake for the same reason.
5. Use a Humidifier Sparingly
While you may feel tempted to purchase a humidifier and keep your home as humid as Hawaii, this practice would only make you feel worse every time you left the house. A humidifier used in your bedroom while you sleep or at a desk while you work can help you adjust, but you shouldn’t overuse it.
If you find air conditioning too drying, consider choosing a swamp cooler in your home. These evaporative coolers lower the temperature by increasing the air’s moisture content, which can work well for those used to a more humid environment.
If you still have some time before your move, discuss any health concerns you have with your primary care physician. Specifically address any seasonal allergies, respiratory problems, or skin diseases since these conditions may become worse in dry weather.
As you transition from island to mainland life, keep these tips in mind to make your climate adjustment as smooth as possible.