Tips for Keeping Cool in the Summer

Cool off with these 30 Fun and Easy Tips:

  1. Run through the sprinkler with your kids, get out the slip and slide, the super soaker or the kiddie pool (add ice cubes).

  2. Have a water balloon fight.

  3. Plug in the fans, add streamers. Mind your fingers! Put a bowl of ice in front of the fan for added cooling power.

  4. Place a wet sheet in the open window. As the breeze passes through, you'll cool the room a bit. Frugal wind chill!

  5. Go swimming. You don't sweat underwater!

  6. Take a cold shower.

  7. Freeze your shower gel before using.

  8. Have your spouse or your kids run an ice cube up and down your back.

  9. Stand in front of the freezer case at your local grocery.

  10. Re-visit your basement (clean it out while you are down there cooling off).

  11. Go ice skating.

  12. Visit an air conditioned mall, library, or museum.

  13. Head to a local cave where it is always about 54 degrees F.

  14. Buy lemonade from the kids in your neighborhood.

  15. Make your own sun tea, popsicles, or fruit smoothies.

  16. Drink your coffee iced.

  17. Think cool - tell yourself you are comfortable. Mind over matter really works!

  18. Visit your local ice-cream parlor.

  19. Wear linen, a straw hat, light colored clothing.

  20. Watch "Cool" Movies: Happy Feet, Cool Hand Luke, Ice Age.

  21. Listen to "Cool" Tunes: Ice-T, Vanilla Ice, Ice Cube.

  22. Read a "Cool" Book: Scott of the Antarctic by David Crane, Into Think Ari by Jon Krakauer.

  23. Put the top down ANYWAY!

  24. Eat a salad dinner, picnic style.

  25. Wash your car - Water hose fight!

  26. Stay hydrated.

  27. Sleep.

  28. Exercise in the very early morning.

  29. Close the damper on your fireplace to keep out hot air

  30. Adopt a Cooling yoga position-seated forward bends, roll your tongue into a tube, and breathe in and out through it; pressing your chin to your chest as you breathe in. Check and search for cooling breath for a video.

By Diana from Prospect, KY

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July 16, 20100 found this helpful

Oops, typo: "Into Thin Air" is the title of Jon Krakauer's book.
Also, if you shut up the house to keep the hot air out, and open it up at night to cool it off, assuming things do cool off at night, you will be far more comfortable.

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July 17, 20100 found this helpful

Enjoyed your tips, loved the photo!

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July 17, 20100 found this helpful

I use dual fans - one facing out, the other in. The out-facing fan either stays on (when it's really hot) or gets turned on before it gets hot in the morning. The in-facing fan gets turned on about dusk, when the hair is hopefully cooler.


I do need to try the bowl of ice thing, and I'll add a tip of my own: if you have the privacy for it at your house, strip down to your skivvies or less. Clothes often just hold in the heat you could otherwise shed. (Sorry for the mental pic I might've just given someone!)

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July 24, 20100 found this helpful

I have the box fans close to the bed, very close and the air feels so nice. The secret is to have the fans within three feet of you, and it is great!

I wear skivvies all the time. LOL

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July 24, 20100 found this helpful

The photo is simply delightful to look at!

I never thought about a fan facing outwards, that is a good idea!

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July 25, 20100 found this helpful

One important note: You actually do sweat while swimming, it's just rinsed off by the water you're in. So it's very important to keep hydrated, when in the swimming pool. :)

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