Friday, June 17, 2011

Top 5 Tips to Keep Cool

In Maryland, we've had record high temperatures this month and summer is not officially here yet. Even if you like the heat, the humidity is often oppressive and makes it hard to keep cool in the warm weather.

Here are my top 5 tips to keep cool this summer, no matter where you live.

Put on more clothes. It might sound like somewhat of an oxymoron to put on more clothes during a heat wave, but a light colored long sleeve tunic can keep you much cooler on a hot summer day than a tank top or t-shirt. Cotton clothing keeps you cooler than clothing made with synthetic materials. Tunics and long sleeves are de rigueur in many countries in the Middle East and Asia where high temperatures are the norm. This tunic from Calypso St. Barth fits the bill quite nicely, don’t you think?

Eat spicy food. Have you noticed that many spicy cuisines originate in countries where it is hot? Eating spicy food causes you to perspire, which actually serves as a way to cool your body temperature. So add a few jalapeƱos to your salsa and stay cool.

Cool your neck. A cool, damp cloth on the back of your neck cools you quickly and efficiently. Paramedics know to place an ice pack on the back of a patients’ neck to immediately relieve people who are over-exposed to heat. For a chic look, use a pretty bandanna or scarf to keep cool. This trick also works really well for children and pets.

Have something to drink. Keep your body hydrated by sipping on something all day long. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty; always keep a bottle of water with you. Although caffeine dehydrates the body, iced tea is so good and oh so sweet during the summer. Keep the cold glass against the inside of your wrist to cool your entire body.

Chill out!  A long time ago when I was in a college dormitory without airconditioning, I used this simple, but unusual trick.  Place sheets or blankets in a large ziploc bag and seal.  Put your sheets in the refrigerator for a few hours and take them out just before bed time.  It's incredibly refreshing.  Kind of like the opposite of towels just out of the dryer in the winter time. 

Now it’s your turn to help. You can make the list even better with your suggestions. What’s your favorite tip to stay cool in hot, humid weather?




  1. I'm with you on flowing light tunics... Love them during these not days!

  2. I love that tunic! :)

    Another tip would be to wear a large brim hat! We used to bike around my grandparent's property wearing big floppy hats all summer & never felt the heat a bit! (hmm, although looking back, I wonder where our helmets were?) Either way, a floppy hat helps the heat & can be quite fashionable too!

  3. I'm in Scotland, I'm not qualified to comment!



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