CMA Fest Tip of The Day!

Try to keep cool!  If you are a northerner like myself, you are not acclimated to the brutal heat and humidity in Nashville during CMA Fest! Here are some tips to avoid heat illness:

  • Drink plenty of water!  Keep drinking, even if you're not thirsty!
  • If available, supplement water intake with sports drinks such as Gatorade throughout the day. 
  • Avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages as they can hasten dehydration.  
  • Avoid Red Bull or other stimulant energy drinks.
  • Try to avoid being outside during the mid afternoon when it is hottest!
    • Duck into air conditioned venues such as FFX, the CMHOF, Bridgestone Visitor's Center, local eateries/honky tonks/shops during these times.
  • Use cooling towels as needed...see some here for ideas.
  • Wear light colored and light weight clothing.
  • If you start feeling faint, lightheaded, or dizzy don't ignore it.  Get out of the sun immediately and start cooling yourself and hydrating! 
Heat illness can be deadly! You don't want to spend CMA Fest in the local hospital so be sure to stay cool!