September 5, 2015

Life hacks: how to stop thigh chafing in humid countries

Ok, this is a personal post for the girls and the answer is simple…

How to stop chafing between the thighs in humid climates!

“The girl with big thighs doesn’t blow over on a windy day” – Aunty Megan to 4-year old niece

This post is about the secret subject of sweating and chafing in hot and humid climates and what you can do about it to make your day more comfortable – and less embarrassing!

You know that feeling of sweat rolling down your spine, or the burning of your thighs as they try and unstick themselves with every step? Or the wet underwire at the end of the day? I have the solution.

It’s a bit of a departure from my usual travel blogging I know, but since I’m in Hong Kong where it’s 32˚C as I type (about 90˚F) with humidity off the charts, I thought I’d share one of the best tips I’ve ever learned and have been employing for years: roll on antiperspirant deodorant.

This is a girl’s best friend! Truly, even your BFF will trade you for this.

Deodorant

But the key is application. Antiperspirant deodorant is just that, it stops (or lessens) your sweating. So yes, slather it under your armpits, but also (and this is where we lower our voices and talk in a hushed whisper) roll it everywhere you sweat. Under your boobs, in your cleavage, down your spine, over your inner thighs (this is just between us, right?) Even on the soles of your feet, said a reader (clearly you’ll need to let them dry before putting your sandals on!)

And here’s another astounding fact: if you’re not one of those girls blessed with a thigh gap (like the skinny mini below), you can still wear skirts without tights with this technique! Even in 90˚+ days with a million percent humidity, you’ll not chafe and you will wear a smile with your floaty skirt.

skinny legs in skirt
This girl has no use for this post! #thighgap

Little warning: I find if I do this every day for a few days I can get itchy as the skin we’re talking about is delicate. You may want to experiment with various brands to find the best one for you. I did like Dove, but have now moved onto Nivea roll on antiperspirant and that seems fine to use every for a few days.

And one final tip: if you already have the itchiness or sting of chafing, there is nothing as soothing as talcum powder. Keep a little baby bottle in your toiletry bag for hot climates and rub it on before bed. You’ll sleep well and smell cute!

There, now go try it and send me a wink if this life hack has saved your day “)

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About Megan Singleton

Megan Singleton

Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio in NZ every Sunday and I write for a few newspapers and mags from time to time. I set off on this travel writing journey 19 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!)I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for monthly newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!

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  1. Carole McNab on

    Sounds really good.! I’m going to Vietnam in August – soo looking forward to it. I’m not a ‘slim Jane’ will your idea really work for me? I tend to take buckets full of baby powder. We’re staying in Hoi An any tips on what to see and do? I’d really like a bit of rest too! Thanks for any tips/advice.

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    • Megan on

      Well it’s certainly worth a try. My neighbours were talking about this post the other day and said Three B at the chemist is also great to stop chafing 😀

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  2. Rachelle on

    A friend who lives in Florida told me of this hack while on vacation in the Bahamas, what a life saver, no more burning thighs! Will have to try down the spine.

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