How International Students Should Handle Florida Weather
Being an international student could be exciting for many reasons. When you study abroad in Florida, always remember that it is not known as the “sunshine state” for no reason. We have put together a few things you should always keep in mind while enjoying your summer in the hot Florida weather.
1. Stay Hydrated
Carry a bottle of water everywhere you go to avoid dehydration. It may seem like such a simple task, but even many Florida locals don’t make it a point to carry water bottles.
We recommend that international students invest in a reusable water bottle they could refill at any water fountain. The cost of buying new plastic bottles every time will start adding up while visiting Florida. Another way to get the recommended amount of daily water is to eat fruits and vegetables that have a high percentage of water in them. International students should always bear in mind that these minor precautions could save them an undesired trip to the Emergency Room (ER) in the United States that could become quite costly.
2. Dress Appropriately
It could seem like a difficult task to address your wardrobe but it is an essential in the state of Florida. If you come from a country where it is primarily winter we recommend you do some quick shopping before your trip. Look for items that are light and comfortable for hanging out under the sun.
3. Plan Accordingly
International students should always make it a point to plan before visiting Florida. Being prepared and planning ahead of time will help international students remember the unpredictable Florida weather and how to handle it. The state of Florida is also known for its frequent storms so it wouldn’t hurt to bring an umbrella.
4. Wear Sunscreen
The sun in Florida is a force to be reckoned with, and that’s why we recommended that international students take it as seriously as possible. We want students from all over the world to understand the possible severe side effects from the sun’s rays such as premature aging and skin cancer. Michael Stierstorfer, MD, a dermatologist on staff at Abington – Lansdale Hospital, states “in general, we dermatologists recommend broad spectrum sunscreens with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30”. Investing in some sunscreen will be beneficial for international students visiting Florida in the long run.
5. Have Fun!
Enjoy your time with family and friends! While we hope all international students are cautious about the weather and their health we still want them to have an excellent time. Florida is the home of many wonderful Walt Disney World theme parks where you could enjoy the magic all day long. Aside from the amazing parks, we have great beaches across our coast where you could have some family fun doing outdoor activities.
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Magdianis Martinez is a University of Florida advertising alumni and a marketing specialist intern at US Ready. She was born in Cuba but spent most of her childhood growing up in Miami, Florida. From a young age, she embraced her ethnicity and is prideful in being able to help other international students find their passions through the comfort in the United States. Her favorite things about growing up in Miami was the food and high representation of culture within the city.