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10 Great Ways and Must Have Items to Keep Cool This Summer

Updated on May 28, 2012

I must say, I hate the heat. I really do. I know that some people really look forward to summer, but I actually dread it. I hate being sweaty, sticky, and just plain uncomfortable. So, I'm always looking for things to help me to keep cool during the summertime. Here is my list of the top 10 things to buy and to keep you cool this cruel, cruel summer.

This is not a must have item, but it's still a good idea.
This is not a must have item, but it's still a good idea. | Source

Prepara Ice Balls

Sometimes regular ice cubes melt too fast for me. If you're out in the summer heat and you want to keep your frosty one, well, frosty, then you might need the Prepara Ice Balls that are 2" in diameter. They're great to add to a glass or pitcher and you can even infuse them with mint, lemon, flowers, or anything else to make your drink taste and look great. [BUY NOW]

Kijaro All in One Hammock

When air conditioning just isn't an option, or when you're just trying to catch some rays without sticking to any patio furniture, the Kijaro Hammock is the perfect solution to keep cool and unstuck. The hammock easily unfolds and includes an adjustable awning, comfortable pillow and drink holder. This is a great hammock to swing the summer away. [BUY NOW]

Margaritaville Frozen-Concoction Maker

I love that this blender is called a "frozen-concoction maker", because you can make virtually any cool summer drink with it. The Margaritaville blender is great for parties or just personal use. It includes an ice reservoir for icy cold drinks, pre-programmed drink cycles, a shot glass, recipes, and drink charms. Just think of all the tall and frosties you can make with this concoction maker. [BUY NOW]

Chillow Comfort Pillow

The Chillow is a water-filled pillow that keeps cool throughout the night. It is often used by women who experience hot flashes, but it's also the perfect solution for staying cool at night or during the day. You can insert it into your pillowcase to use on top of your existing pillow, or use it alone. If you would like it to be even cooler, place in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes before using. By using the Chillow, you may sleep more soundly through the summer heat. [BUY NOW]

Ice Bandana

One of the key body parts to keep cool during the summer is the neck, and the Ice Bandana helps to do just that. Simply freeze the interior ice pack, then slip into the Neoprene case and wrap around your neck. There is no dripping and the ice pack stays cool a few hours (depending on the temperature). It's especially great for people who work outdoors and can't stop cool off otherwise. [BUY NOW]

Personal USB Air Conditioner

This mini fan and air conditioner is intended for personal use on scorching hot days. The device can be plugged directly into a USB outlet or can run on 4 AA batteries. Simply add water to the sponge, place inside, and turn on. It is whisper quiet and can keep you cool for hours. It is especially great if you are using it for an office that doesn't have air conditioning during the day. [BUY NOW]

Brica Keep-It-Cool Reflective Shade

If you have the misfortune of driving a car like me, without air conditioning, you'll try anything to keep it as cool as possible. There's nothing worse than getting into a hot car, not even able to steer the fire hot wheel. Reflective shades are often used to shield sun from infants, but they are also a great way to keep your car cool when parked. The shades are retractable, so you can pull them down when you're not driving. Hey, it's a cheaper alternative to buying a new air conditioned car. [BUY NOW]

Evaporative Mist Cooling System

Have you ever been at a theme park where they have those mist spots to cool you down? Well now you can have a system of your very own at home with the Evaporative Mist Cooling System. Simply connect the hose and suspend in an area where you would like to lounge. Included is a 50' hose, but extenders are available to purchase. This system is perfect for patio's, kids playgrounds, and even greenhouses. [BUY NOW]

Blast Zone Crocodile Isle Inflatable Water Park

Dubbed a "swamp play paradise", this inflatable pool and water slide can accommodate up to 5 children. It comes with a blower to inflate and can be easily deflated in less than 2 minutes. The water park will provide hours of play for the kids and can even be used indoors during winter months. [BUY NOW]

Koolatron 12V Travel Cooler

Whether you're driving long distances in the car, staying poolside, or working in the heat, the Koolatron cooler will keep all of your drinks and food cool for when you need it. The cooler stays at a great temperature of 30°F by plugging it into your 12V cigarette lighter. With ample space, you can tote food and beverages for the entire family to enjoy. [BUY NOW]

10 Great Ways to Beat the Heat

The sun is out longer and it will get you—but don't lose hope. Here are 10 ways to beat the heat this scorcher of a summer:

1. Learn the Temperature Reduction Spots on Your Body

Cooling off involves coming into contact with something cooler than ourselves. We all know that, but you can lower our internal temperature a lot faster if you know your body's quick cooling spots. Your neck and wrists are the two best spots to use. Try placing an ice bandana on your neck or run cold water on your wrists. Also try placing ice packs on the tops of your feet and insides of your ankles work. These methods will really help you beat the heat in no time.

2. White Is Your Friend

You probably already know to wear light colours in the summer time, because dark colours attract the heat, making it hard to cool down. But don't forget that this principle applies to your home as well. Hang light coloured curtains and awnings to reflect the heat and keep your space cool. You may also want to consider using a clothesline instead of a dryer to dry your clothes to avoid blowing any hot air your way.

3. Hydrate Any Way You Can

There are a lot of hydration myths, but water will often be your best friend when you need to stay hydrated. However, if you only have pop or a sports drink, it can still help. Extra cold drinks can make you sluggish, but it's better than nothing. You can also eat hydrating foods like watermelon, grapes, or even jell-o and Popsicles. Headaches are often associated with dehydration, so drink (or eat) whenever you're thirsty or even when you're not.

4. Keep Drinks Cool With Milk Cartons

Let’s say you're bringing cold drinks out to the beach, the pool, the park, or any other sunny outdoor area, and you want them to stay cool for a long time. Instead of buying expensive bags of ice, save your cardboard milk cartons, fill them up with water, and freeze them. Because they're blocky they will fit nicely in a cooler or bag and last longer that small pieces of ice. It's an easier and cheaper solution.

5. Get the Hot Air Out of Your Car in a Minute

I wrongly choose to own a black car. Every year I forget that leaving it out in the sun makes everything inside hot to the touch, which is especially unpleasant when you're not expecting it. Cooling off a hot car is always going to take a little time. By the time the air conditioner cools down your car (if you have it) you’re already sweaty. But there's a quick trick to get the stuffy hot air out fast. Open two parallel doors on your car, then open and close one of those doors repeatedly about five to six times. This will push the warm air out and the cool air in. Just make sure you don't accidentally shut your hand in the door. It's a really clever trick that only takes a minute.

6. Stay Cool While You Sleep

You can't actively combat the heat while you’re asleep. You also probably have a tough time getting to sleep when you're overheating. There are plenty of ways to stay cool at night so you can sleep comfortably despite the heat. Try purchasing a Chillow, a water-filled pillow that will keep you cool all night. Or try a bowl full of ice placed in front of an oscillating fan. Trial and error will decide which methods work best for you, but all will get you closer to a cool night's rest.

7. Keep Your Computer Cool

An overheating computer can be a source of heat in your room and also a fire hazard. It's very important to keep it cool. If you don't have the best cooling system inside your case, you're going to want to look at getting a better one. With the coming heat is also a great excuse to go inside your machine and start blowing out all the dust. A cleaner computer will run a lot cooler, less noisy and it'll help you avoid a fireplace inside your case. You can also purchase USB fans to place beside your computer to help cool it down.

8. Understand Sun Screen

Sunscreen doesn't actually work the way you think and most of them don't do anything than wasting your time. Understanding what an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) rating means is very important. It is calculated by the amount of light divided by the amount of light that induces redness, giving you a measure of UVB protection. You will need to continuously re-apply sunscreen as it wears off throughout the day. Also, makeup that boasts SPF protection will not fully protect your skin and will always require an additional SPF sun block to combat the rays.

9. Use the Heat to Your Advantage

When you know how everything works, you can use it to your advantage. This applies even to heat. To do that, all you really need is a basic understanding of thermodynamics. Heat will always be absorbed by cold, and not the other way around. Keep this principle in mind throughout the summer. It's science you can use!

10. Ignore the Temperature

Heat fatigue might all be in your head. One study tested cyclists pedaling in different temperatures and found that the only ones who experienced heat fatigue were the ones who knew how hot it was. If you don't know, you don't really suffer from heat fatigue. Avoid any instincts to check the temperature, whether you're riding your bike or just walking around. You will probably feel better If you don't know how hot it is.

How do you like to keep cool in the summer heat?

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      These are fantastic tips!! I'm definitely going to make use of those when we hit summer again later this year. Great article! :)