The first day of summer has come and gone. But let’s be honest, it has felt like summer in Houston for MONTHS. And thanks to all the rain, it’s also been incessantly humid. So, here are a few easy and cheap ways to stay cool (and keep the kids cool too) while you’re out and about. If you have additional tips, please post them in the comments below!
Drink plenty of water. Always have a water bottle on you. Pack a gallon jug in the car for emergencies. The old 8 glasses a day rule doesn’t apply when it’s 90º or hotter in the shade.
Keep a face cloth in a thermos of cold water. Any time you start to feel overheated or flushed, damp your face with your wet rag. It really feels amazing! And your thermos will keep it cold, or at least cool, so it’s extra refreshing.
Limit or avoid alcohol, caffeine, and of course hot drinks. Alcohol and caffeine can dehydrate you, and just generally make you feel lousy when you’re out in the sun. If you do drink a margarita or an iced coffee, drink extra water to counter the effects.
Wear a wide brimmed hat. There’s a reason every single lawn crew you’ve ever seen has been wearing hats. Keep the sun off your head and neck to avoid overheating.
Keep a spray bottle of water handy. When hot, spritz your face and body for a quick cool-down.
Stay inside during the hottest parts of the day. I know, I know. We’re in Houston, so the hottest part of the day is from 7AM to 11PM. Nevertheless, if you need to mow the lawn, or walk the dog, try to go early in the morning or late in the evening.
Wear plenty of sunscreen. Nothing makes you feel more hot and bothered than a sunburn. Plus, it’s so horrible for your skin. Slather on that lotion!
Eat electrolyte rich snacks. Snaking on a banana, dates, raisins, or avocado will boost your body’s electrolytes. Coconut water is also a great source. So, as your sweating away your sodium and potassium, you can replenish it quickly and easily on the go.