In the sunny climes of Thailand or Bali it is important to protect your head from the rays for at least some of the day. Fortunately, there are plenty of fashionable but practical hats on the market to take on holiday with you to the tropics, so you can limit any full-on UV exposure to your sun bed time.
When visiting countries close to the equator it is important to stay aware of the potential threat of sunburn and sunstroke. Protection from the sun's harm can, of course be found in a generous application of high factor sun cream. You can also guard against sunstroke by significantly increasing your intake of water.
The most important time to shield yourself is between the hours of 11am and 3pm, especially if you are out exploring a tropical island or deserted beach. That's when it's advisable to wear a hat for added protection from the heat.
A hat not only provides an extra layer of shade, of course, it can also give your holiday wardrobe a style boost, no matter where you are or what activity you’re doing.
Below is a selection of hats that suit a range of different holiday activities.
If you’re enjoying a day on the beach, make sure you look as stylish as possible by donning this year’s hottest headwear trend – a bucket hat. This headgear was all the rage back in the 1990s thanks to the likes of LL Cool J and Liam Gallagher. Now it's back with a vengeance in 2014 with Rihanna and Miley Cyrus both rocking the trend. The handy hats can be folded to pack up small in your suitcase, and as they are made of fabric, there's no need to worry about them getting creased or squashed.
Pushing the bucket hat trend into the realm of holiday sports, Brooks Brothers’ Poplin bucket hat is ideal for golfers that want to ad a touch of style while they are swinging an iron. In countries like Thailand it is vital that golfers to protect themselves when out on the greens all day and this versatile accessory is crafted from genuine oil cloth and finished with a rayon ribbon for an extra decorative touch. The material is also water and stain repellent, which is handy if the heavens do decide to open.
The sun can catch you at any time – even if you are ducking in and out of Phuket’s or Bali's designer boutiques every five minutes. Ladies that want to add a little style to their shopping ensemble can pick up an ultra-broad rim hat that will flatter the feminine side. To match it to your holiday wardrobe, add a few different coloured ribbons, flowers and brooches to refresh the style and tailor it to the rest of your clothes.
If you don’t want to spend the day squinting as you gaze up at the marvellous architecture of Thailand’s temples, invest in a visor. These look great on both men and women, and are comfortable to wear throughout the day whilst you are sightseeing. Ladies that don’t want to go for a sporty visor can opt for chic straw visors that fasten at the back. If you want to make more of a fashion-statement, sport a vividly coloured one.
If you are travelling with little ones, you will want to ensure that their delicate skin is fully protected from the sun’s rays. While coloured boaters and bucket hats may look adorable; in the heat of the day you are going to need something that offers as much protection as possible. Visor caps featuring a protective neck flap are ideal for kids. They are comfortable, come in a kaleidoscope of colours and patterns, plus, they protect your children's head and neck from the sun..