Maybe you live in a climate-controlled house. But just in case you don’t, here are a few tips to beat the summer heat. These are ideas I picked up from summers in Mexico, Phoenix, North Africa, and Spain. Thank you to anyone who has contributed to this list over the years.
- Keep the sun out of the house; shut the blinds.
- Chill your water before drinking it (a no-brainer for North Americans).
- Stay hydrated. Infuse that cold water with exciting things to keep you drinking. I learned about cucumbers in Phoenix.
- Eat cold salads, smoothies, hummus, and fresh veggies.
- Make popsicles or freeze yogurt for afternoon snacks.
- Stay indoors as much as possible during the hottest parts of the day. Plan your adventures before the sun comes up or after it goes down.
- Slip a flexible ice pack into a pillow case or towel and curl it around your neck or set your wrists on it. (I currently have three of these waiting in my freezer.)
- Put your feet in a bucket of cold water. This was often my last resort when I lived in North Africa, those sizzling summer days when even thinking was impossible.
- If you have a good water supply, shower multiple times a day–cold! If you’re too chicken to willingly shower cold, unplug your water heater. 🙂
- Wash your hair often, or at least rinse it. In Phoenix, I came home dripping with sweat every day after class. Cold water over my head cooled me down to a liveable internal temperature.
- Keep a spray bottle handy to spray yourself while you sit in front of a fan.
- Wet your pajamas in the shower and wring them out before crawling into bed in front of a fan. (This worked for a decent night of sleep on those stuffy Mexican nights.)
- Drape a wet towel over yourself at night.
- Use a fan in the window overnight to bring in as much cool, night air in as you can. Cool air + fan white noise = decent night of summer sleep.
Have you tried some of these ideas? Do you have more ideas to add to the list? If so, leave them in the comments below!