Keep Cool - Gadgets for Keeping Cool in the Summer
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.
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Updated for 2013
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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
You actually freeze this bandana (don't worry it doesn't drip) so this one does require some preparation.
Ice Towelettes are another useful option that you can easily keep in your purse or car for instant cooling when you really need it.
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.
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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
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?
- 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.
- MS suffers who have trouble regulating their temperature.
- Anyone who has a physical job such as construction who needs to keep working in the summer months.
- 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
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.
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.
How about a Slushie (remember those?), it also makes Margarita's, but go easy on those in the heat.
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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