Bulletproof vests can be made out of several different materials. Some vests are composed of steel plates that are connected together inside of a thick fabric, while other, lighter-weight vests are made of a ballistic fabric that is then sewn into a cotton or nylon covering. Bulletproof vests often retain heat due to their weight and density, and wearing them can therefore be uncomfortable. Staying cool while wearing a bulletproof vest requires some diligence.
Things You'll Need
- Cooling t-shirt
- Plastic AC hose for car
Wear a cooling t-shirt between the shirt and the vest. Cooling shirts are designed to create a bit of air between the skin and the vest, while also removing moisture from the skin by pulling it into the fabric, allowing air to then cool the skin.
Utilize the air conditioner in any vehicles or buildings you are in when wearing a bulletproof vest, to minimize sweat and keep yourself cool.
Attach a plastic hose to your car air conditioner and then stick the other end down the vest to cool yourself during break periods. Companies make hoses like this specifically for that purpose.
Avoid wearing added layers of clothing like jackets if you can avoid it. The more clothing you wear over the vest, the more your body heat will be trapped around the vest and the hotter you will feel.
Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. The cold water will also help you cool down.
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