7 Ways to Stay Cool on a Hot Day at AC Paintball

refreshment-438399_960_720At AC Paintball in Williamstown, New Jersey a little heat doesn’t stop us from playing paintball. However, it is still important to take measures to cool down when the temperature hits 90 degrees and above. Doing so will help make sure you have the energy you need to play multiple games. There are a variety of ways to stay cool when it is hot as an oven outside and AC Paintball has compiled this list to help you do so.

Stay Hydrated

Your most important concern should be staying hydrated. During your AC Paintball game, your body will sweat a lot to try and cool you down. You need to continually replenish your body with water so that you don’t get dehydrated. This will also help you avoid cramps or feeling dizzy.

It is a good idea to avoid caffeine and alcohol before playing out in the hot sun. If you want to help make sure your water stays cold bring a cooler or try freezing the water bottle ahead of time. Be careful not to overfill the water bottle if you choose the second option. Water expands when frozen and you don’t want to crack your water bottle.

Eat Lighter Snacks

Light foods will also help you keep hydrated. Some healthy options are fruits, vegetables, granola bars, and low-fat dairy. Unlike greasy and heavy foods, these foods will now weigh you down and make you feel sluggish. This will also help ensure you are energized and comfortable while you are running around AC Paintball’s fields.

Wear Breathable Clothing

Before driving to AC Paintball, you will definitely want to consider the weather and choose an appropriate outfit to wear. When it is hot, you will want to choose a fabric that can breathe like cotton or other athletic wear. You will also want to avoid black and dark colors as they attract more sun. Instead, wear bright and light colors.

While you may want to wear short sleeves to help beat the heat, don’t forget to consider safety and your tolerance for getting hit with paintballs. If you are not used to playing paintball, longer sleeves and padding can help cushion the blow.

Bring a Fan and Spray Bottle

There is a reason why many amusement parks sell spray bottles with battery-powered fans. They are a great way to help you stay cool. Like your sweat, spraying water on your body helps to lower your body’s temperature. The fan helps circulate the air and provides a breeze to do the same. Even if you don’t have a spray bottle or battery-powered fan, simply fanning yourself with a piece of paper can help.

Get a Cool Cloth

paintball-1278899_960_720Many online sources and department stores sell cooling cloths that are hyper-absorbent and can help you stay cool. Before you come to AC Paintball, you can soak the cloth in water, roll it up, put it in its container, and store it in a cooler. Then when you need it you can take it out and hang it around your neck or lay it on your body. Within minutes you will cool down and be ready to go for another AC Paintball game.

These cloths are typically affordable, but placing a wet towel, ice, or a cool drink on your neck can also work as an alternative.

Come Out of the Sun Every Once In a While

AC Paintball’s sessions are each 3-4 hours long. You can play quite a bit of paintball in that time. However, you don’t want to spend all four hours straight out in the blazing sun. You will want to come in and get out of the shade every once in a while to give yourself a break. If your games are short, you may want to take a break every two games. If your games are long, you may want to take a break after each game.

Taking a break also provides a chance to snack, rehydrate, apply sunscreen and take care of any other needs.

Choose an AC Paintball Morning Session

Finally, you will want to take the time of day into consideration as well. The sun is usually the highest and hottest in the early afternoon. If you think too much heat will make playing difficult for you, you may want to choose AC Paintball’s morning session that runs from 9 am – 12 pm. This way you will be able to play while the sun is lower and finish before the sun gets too high. If you would like to schedule a morning session, you can do so here: https://acpaintball.com/schedule-paintball-game/.

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