Weather and Attire
What should you expect of the weather during the NFO13 Conference, and how will that affect what you bring with you?
Expect beautiful, sunny summer days. Hot weather is typical for this time of year in Utah. High temperatures are generally just under 95F (35C) in the afternoons, and overnight low temperatures are about 70F (21.1C). These temperatures are accompanied by very low relative humidity (averaging around 40%). This means that the higher temperatures here will feel much cooler than the same temperatures at most locales with higher humidity. The low humidity means very dry air; plan to drink lots of water, and bring lotion for your skin.
What does this weather suggest for conference attire and other packing considerations?
The summer days invite light-to-medium weight fabrics for long pants (or skirts/capris) with light weight fabric short-sleeved shirts. The mountain sun can easily burn light skin; if you anticipate much time outdoors, consider shorts or capris and short-sleeve shirts and hats. Lightweight sweaters, shawls, and sport jackets are not necessary for the warm evenings, but are suggested attire while in the air-conditioned meeting rooms.
Adjusting to the Higher Altitude in Utah
Adjusting from a low-altitude locale to the higher altitude of Salt Lake City (4,000+ feet/1000+ meters) may cause some visitors to exhibit some mildly uncomfortable symptoms like these:
- body aches (“flu”-like symptoms in the muscles and joints)
How can you adjust comfortably to the higher altitude and avoid or diminish these kinds of symptoms?
First and foremost: Drink plenty of water! Utah’s water—right from the faucet—is clean, pure, healthy, and delightful. You’ll enjoy drinking LOTS of Utah water!
Keeping your body hydrated is very important because high altitudes can dehydrate your system. This can be further complicated in arid regions like Utah. AND “jet-lag” can make matters worse! Water assists your body in flushing toxins, which is critical because altitude affects the body’s ability to dispose of carbon dioxide through breathing. Keep drinking water. Remember that if you feel thirsty, you have waited too long to drink.
If possible, on the first day you arrive, REST—and avoid strenuous exercise—to give your body time to adjust. Small and frequent meals of protein and complex carbohydrates can help keep symptoms to a minimum. Drink water BEFORE you feel thirsty!
At the higher altitude, avoid alcohol, caffeine, and simple carbohydrates like sugar. Instead, drink plenty of water. You should also avoid heavy meals and smoking. Caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and simple carbohydrates affect your body’s ability to metabolize, and can bring more symptoms or make them worse. Remember, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol can remain in your system for some time and should be avoided even 48 hours before traveling to a higher altitude.
Oh yes, and did we say, “DRINK LOTS OF WATER!”?