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Old 05-14-2019, 11:36 PM   #1
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Default Columbia freezer coil sun shirts do they work?

I have two skin colors- white and red. The only “tan” I’ll ever have is from freckles melding. Headed to wdw in a couple days and the weather looks a bit warm! I got these Columbia freezer coil sun shirts at Costco and the claim is they cool you off. I’m a little suspect but anything is worth a try. Coming from a cooler dryer climate I don’t have a chance to try them out. Anyone used these and any success? They’re a super thin material but still long sleeves.
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Old 05-15-2019, 08:05 PM   #2
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I have a few of the Columbia shirts with the "omni-freeze" which I think is the same thing. I can't honestly say they make a huge difference, but I do think they help. In the end it really just helps a little when you sweat to make it evaporate more quickly (cooling which is why you sweat in the first place). Plus, they are nice shirts, so I like them either way.

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Old 05-15-2019, 08:38 PM   #3
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I have been wearing ExOfficio brand (women’s underwear) specifically for trips to WDW. It helps but Not enough! I will plan to take a bandana to wet down and wrap around the back of my neck and drink lots of water.
I have discovered a cooling refreshing drink from Starbucks called Peach Citrus white tea infused lemonade. Only 70 calories and no fat no cholesterol 10 mpg sodium. Do not get added sugar option. For some reason cold fresh fruit drinks lower body temp.
This is from somebody that normally hates fake fruity taste and really dislikes tea. So it is worth a try. Some SBX have pineapple black tea infused lemonade.
And strawberry green tea. They are also kind enough to provide extra ice and water.
Thank you Starbucks!
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Old 05-15-2019, 09:59 PM   #4
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Thanks for the tips and reviews. I packed a couple of the Columbia shirts. They’re only $17 at Costco and so thin they take up no luggage space. Figure it’s worth a try. Adjusting from cool dry climate to hot humid isn’t fun the first couple days. Too late to look into the underwear but will for next trip. Will definitely get the Starbucks tea. January trip we had the qs dining plan. I was drinking vente fraps and fried foods and gained several pounds despite walking 10 miles + per day. Definitely not doing the dp this time or the high sugar drinks!
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:42 AM   #5
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DW got me one of the cooling towels they sell in the parks. I was actually surprised that it worked pretty well. Just wet it and put it over the back of your neck.
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Old 05-16-2019, 07:47 AM   #6
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DW bought cooling towels at Walmart. Bought the mid priced ones, and all 4 of us used them. They worked fantastic! We have them in our owners locker now. Had we not had them on a few trips we would have been miserable. Bear in mind you should wash them at some point due to the sweat being absorbed as well...you don’t want to be the “funky person” on the line, for that reason! Lol

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