The Big Heat (and How to Cope With It) during JCK Las Vegas

Vegas weather during the show ranges from exquisitely
comfortable to stiflingly hot. Because the desert climate is dry, heat is more
tolerable than in humid climates, but no matter how you slice it, hot is hot!

First glance at the weather forecast for Las Vegas Show Week doesn’t seem
that hot. The Weather Channel predicts we’ll start with a high of 95 degrees
and low of 69 for Friday, June 4th with comparable temperatures through the
weekend. Record temperatures have been as high as 108-114 degrees in the past.
We’ll just have to see if the weatherman is right (unfortunately, they seldom
are)!

Vegas weather during the show ranges from exquisitely comfortable to
stiflingly hot. Because the desert climate is dry, heat is more tolerable than
in humid climates, but no matter how you slice it, hot is hot! And, of course,
inside the show halls, the casinos, and the restaurants, the air conditioning
is going full-blast.

So the best answer to “what should I wear” is layers. We recommend
lightweight fabrics, and always make sure to carry a sweater, jacket, or shawl
that you can put on in those over-refrigerated areas and take off when the air
conditioning isn’t quite up to snuff.

Naturally, and we know you’ve heard it before, wear comfortable shoes.
Luckily, ladies, with some of the new summer shoe styles and more designer shoe
companies making a comfort line, you don’t necessarily have to trade off chic
to be able to walk all day. Realize, too, that if you’re on your feet all day,
they’re likely to swell, so this isn’t the time to squeeze into gorgeous shoes
that “just barely” fit. They make look great when you try them on at
home, but they’re likely to become torture devices in short order-and how chic
do you look when you’re limping?

If your feet do swell, drink lots of water, and put them up on a pillow when
you go to sleep at night. Other suggested remedies include soaking in cold
water, ice, or-counter intuitively-taking a hot bath before bed.

We also recommend bringing a few outfits that are a bit more forgiving.
Veteran show-goers know the secret to looking good from start to finish is to
plan to wear your close-fitting outfits at the beginning of the show, and save
those with breathing room to wear after you’ve spent a few days going to all
the exciting cocktail parties, dinners, and receptions you’ll be invited to.

Make sure the bag you’re carrying isn’t too heavy, either. It should be big
enough to hold all the literature you might pick up during the day, but we
don’t recommend a heavy leather bag as it weighs a few pounds empty and with
literature and the requisite water bottle, it’s going to put quite a strain on
your back. The best bet, especially for women, is to carry two separate bags
and balance the load. Your purse goes on one side, and your tote on the other.
Look for shopping-bag style handles (better on your back than a shoulder
strap!) and if you need to carry a laptop around, consider a wheelie or a
backpack that you wear fully on your back.

One of the most important things you can wear (well, carry, anyway) is the
ever-present water bottle. We know you’ve heard it before, but we can’t
emphasize enough the importance of drinking a lot more water than you normally
do. Between the dry desert heat and the air conditioning making it even drier,
it’s easy to get dehydrated without even realizing it-by the time you’re
thirsty, you’re dehydrated. Proper hydration can help combat show bloat,
headaches, sleeplessness, and a variety of other ailments-as well as help get
rid of a hangover if you’ve spent a little too much time partying.

Last, but not least, don’t forget to wear your best smile. The show is
admittedly grueling, but it’s also fun, and we wouldn’t miss it for the world!