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Keep Cool - Gadgets for Keeping Cool in the Summer

Updated on April 15, 2013

Keep your Cool in the Summer Heat

Are you looking for gadgets to keep cool? We've got lots of ideas for the summer. If it's hot outside or you're heading off on vacation. We've got wearable gadgets for keeping cool, gadgets for preparing icy treats, and lots more.

I'm not keen on really high temperatures. I get uncomfortable and irritated. So I've put together some ideas on keeping cool when it's hot outside. Many of these devices can be used indoors if you want to keep the air conditioning bill down and outdoors when you want to spend some time outside in the heat.

You'll feel cooler just looking a this page!

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Keep Cool with a Cooling Hat

How about wearing a cooling device? Maybe hat that uses evaporative cooling. Evaporative cooling uses water - you get the hat wet and the evaporation of the water has a cooling effect, it works best when the air is dry, i.e. in low humidity.

Do evaporative cooling hats work? Well the consensus seems to be that they help a little bit. Nothing dramatic, but they can make heat feel a little more bearable. Make sure you choose a style you like and will be happy to wear and then hope for a bit of extra cooling. On a hot day, take extra water to top up your hat so it can keep on keeping you cool.

The Evaporative Cooling Brimmed Hat is a rather stylish evaporative cooling hat.

The Evaporative Cooling Cap (Khaki).

Or maybe you're more of a cap kind of person?

Cooling Towels and Towelettes

Ice Bandana (TM) Blue/Black
Ice Bandana (TM) Blue/Black

You actually freeze this bandana (don't worry it doesn't drip) so this one does require some preparation.

Cool Off Citrus Ice Towelette,  24-Count
Cool Off Citrus Ice Towelette, 24-Count

Ice Towelettes are another useful option that you can easily keep in your purse or car for instant cooling when you really need it.

Frogg Toggs The Original Chilly Pad Cooling Towel, Varsity Blue
Frogg Toggs The Original Chilly Pad Cooling Towel, Varsity Blue

The Frogg Togg Chilly Pad gets superb reviews. You get it wet and then wear it to keep cool. It comes is a range of great colors.


Handy Cooler - First-ever Hand Held Evaporative Battery Fan - Small Fan & Mini-Air Conditioner

This little Handy Cooler is a mini personal air conditioner. It runs of batteries or it has a USB cable for getting power from your computer - ideal if you need cooling at your desk. The fan is quiet but powerful and you can add water for an additional evaporative cooling effect. There are lots of small fans on the market, but this once stands out. It has lots of positive reviews and the price is lower for 2013.

The Original Handy Cooler Small Fan & Mini-Air Conditioner, Black
The Original Handy Cooler Small Fan & Mini-Air Conditioner, Black

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This is a bit wacky, but you can add a flexible air tube to the handy cooler. You can then put the other end of the tube down a vest or attach to a stroller.


A Hand-Held Fan that Works - Cool on the Go

Cool on the Go? Clip Fan- NEXT GENERATION! The World's Most Versatile Hands-free Personal Cooling Device. Compact Portable Fan Powered By USB or Batteries (rechargeable version now available too!).
Cool on the Go? Clip Fan- NEXT GENERATION! The World's Most Versatile Hands-free Personal Cooling Device. Compact Portable Fan Powered By USB or Batteries (rechargeable version now available too!).

There are lots of small hand-held fans that are just gimmicks and don't really make a difference.

But the Cool on the Go is one of the better ones. You can power it with batteries when you are on the move or via USB when you have a suitable power source.

It's not the cheapest handheld fan, but then the cheapest ones generally aren't much good.

You also get a lanyard and an armband so you can wear the fan without having to hold it all the time.


Who Needs Serious Cooling?

  1. Anyone who works at a theme park or sports venue as a mascot in hot weather. Those big furry costumes are heat traps. If that's your job, you need all the cooling you can get.
  2. MS suffers who have trouble regulating their temperature.
  3. Anyone who has a physical job such as construction who needs to keep working in the summer months.
  4. Those who enjoy hiking, walking and other outdoor hobbies and want to keep comfortable when the weather gets hot.

Flexi Freeze Ice Vest - For Serious Cooling

FlexiFreeze Ice Vest (Velcro Closure)
FlexiFreeze Ice Vest (Velcro Closure)

Turn yourself into a human ice cube tray for some serious cooling!

The panels in this vest go in the freezer and then slot into the wearable vest to keep you cool for up to a couple of hours.

You can get additional ice panels so you can keep spares in the freezer.


Keep Your Baby Cool

Babies and small children can get really uncomfortable (and grumpy!) in the hot weather, but you often still need to get out and about.

Cool Mee - Bucket Seat Liner - 0-12 months - Pretty Pink
Cool Mee - Bucket Seat Liner - 0-12 months - Pretty Pink

The Cool Mee Car Seat Liner is inexpensive and parents and kids like it. It's available in a wide range of colors to match your stroller.


Keep Cool with an Icy Treat

Having an icy treat can really cool you down when it's hot. This is one of my favorite ways to cool down.

Nostalgia MSB64 64-Ounce Margarita and Slush Maker
Nostalgia MSB64 64-Ounce Margarita and Slush Maker

How about a Slushie (remember those?), it also makes Margarita's, but go easy on those in the heat.

Norpro Frozen Ice Pop Maker with 24 Wooden Sticks
Norpro Frozen Ice Pop Maker with 24 Wooden Sticks

Or how about making some popsicles (ice lollies), add some fruit juice or fruit pieces and they are healthy too.


Keep Cool with a Portable Air Conditioner

A lot of people work from home or are retired and spend a lot of time at home during the day. Keeping the whole house cool can be expensive. It's more economical to just focus on the area where you'll be spending most of your time.

Koldfront PAC801W Ultracool 8,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner, White

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Take air-conditioning to wherever you need it with the Koldfront Ultracool 8,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner. It has a fully programmable timer and three-speed fan and it's castors mean it's easy to move around.

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How will you Keep Cool this Summer? - Comments

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    • danniblaze profile image

      danniblaze 4 years ago

      Great gadgets, brilliant ideas.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I have to say this, you have some really cool ideas. Thanks

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      k4shmir 4 years ago

      interesting. thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @stanger66: Be happy! I'm in Texas. Today will top out at 104 degrees.

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      mcsburlea 4 years ago

      I dislike heat so I have to try these.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      sounds cooling to me! great

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      sounds cooling to me! great

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      stanger66 4 years ago

      Sadly no summer in UK

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      Julia Morais 4 years ago

      In my country, its summer the whole year through. These are great ideas for keeping cool.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Thanks for the tips

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Very nice ideas to keep cool! Very handy too! It's almost summer where I am. ^_^

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      gigiee 5 years ago

      great lens...just nominated you for lens of the day. I hope you get in.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Cool products for keeping cool. I am adding this to the related pages for my Frogg Togg lens

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      Angela F 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Lots of good suggestions here. The cool towels for your neck are my #1 pick. *blessed

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      Melissa 5 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      Love this list of keep cool stuff. I just used the cooling bandana at a summer parade--out in the heat for two hours. They are great for about an hour and then they need to be refreshed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      "Cool Lens"

      Aw, come on now, you can't tell me you didn't see this pun coming.

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      I hate everything about summer, so this lens really appealed to me!!

      Wish I could afford to buy every single thing featured here to help with

      cooling myself and my environment. LOVED the lens.

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      jejoju 5 years ago

      I like gadgets this is a cool lens for sure. Thanks for sharing.

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      Zebedee32 5 years ago

      Never knew a lot of these existed. Nice lens

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      Lindsey Gravel 5 years ago from Kincardine, Ontario Canada

      very informative, great products!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I had to go to Thailand for work and found those cooling bandanas. They work wonders!

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      TopToysForKids 6 years ago

      A solar powered cooling hat? Now that is special. I've been reading on a trend with some athletes to dunk themselves in ice water prior to the event (running, biking) to keep themselves from heating too fast. You never know do you? Great lens.