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Stay Hydrated This Summer While Using Public Transportation

Are you volunteering in the community? Waiting for the bus? Or cheering on the sideline of your favorite team? Summer is here, and with it comes the heat! Proper hydration is crucial for maintaining your energy levels, staying cool, and keeping your body functioning optimally. Here are some tips and tricks to help you stay hydrated this summer while using public transportation. 

1. Carry a Reusable Water Bottle 

One of the simplest ways to ensure you stay hydrated is to carry a reusable water bottle with you at all times. Opt for a bottle that is easy to carry and refill. Many public places, including transit stations and parks, have water fountains or refill stations where you can top off your bottle. 

2. Drink Water Regularly 

Make it a habit to take sips of water regularly throughout the day. Don't wait until you feel thirsty, as thirst is a sign that your body is already beginning to dehydrate. Aim to drink at least 8 ounces of water every hour, especially if you're spending time outdoors or traveling on buses without air conditioning. 

3. Opt for Water-Rich Foods 

Incorporate water-rich foods into your diet to help maintain hydration. Fruits like watermelon, oranges, and strawberries, and vegetables such as cucumbers, lettuce, and celery, have high water content and can contribute to your daily fluid intake. 

4. Avoid Sugary and Caffeinated Beverages 

While it might be tempting to grab a soda or a coffee, sugary and caffeinated drinks can actually contribute to dehydration. These beverages can increase your body's need for water and make it harder to stay hydrated. Instead, stick to water or try infused water with slices of lemon, lime, or cucumber for added flavor. 

5.Dress Appropriately for the Heat 

Wearing lightweight, breathable clothing can help your body stay cool and reduce the risk of dehydration. Choose light-colored clothes made from natural fabrics like cotton, which allow your skin to breathe and help you stay cooler in the heat. 

6. Plan Your Trips Wisely 

If possible, plan your trips during the cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening. Avoid traveling during peak heat hours, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., to minimize your exposure to the sun and reduce the risk of dehydration. 

7.Take Breaks in the Shade 

When waiting for the bus or taking a break from your travels, find a shady spot to rest. Staying out of direct sunlight can help keep your body temperature down and reduce the amount of water you lose through sweating. 

8.Monitor Your Hydration Levels 

Pay attention to signs of dehydration such as dark urine, dry mouth, headache, or dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, increase your water intake immediately and seek a cool place to rest.  

9. Use Cooling Accessories 

Consider using cooling accessories like a wet towel around your neck, a portable fan, or a cooling gel pack. These can provide immediate relief from the heat and help maintain your body's hydration levels. 

10.Educate Yourself and Others 

Stay informed about the importance of hydration and share this knowledge with your fellow commuters. Encouraging others to stay hydrated can help create a more comfortable and healthy environment for everyone using public transportation. 


Staying hydrated during the summer while using public transportation is crucial for your health and well-being. By following these simple tips, you can ensure that you stay cool, comfortable, and hydrated throughout your travels. Remember, your body needs water to function at its best, especially in the heat. So, keep that water bottle handy, dress appropriately, and enjoy a safe and hydrated summer on public transportation! 

For more tips on staying healthy while using public transportation, visit our website at www.ozark.org/on-demand


Stay cool and hydrated! 

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