Brutal summer temperatures are unavoidable for most of us at some point in the year. Especially if you are combating the harsh Australian Summer! So how do you cool down without spending every minute possible in the air conditioning? It’s possible, we swear! A few quick tips and trips, a bunch of which you’ve probably never heard, can mean the difference between staying cool or being an exhausted mess!
1. Choose cotton.
Save the ooh-la-la satin, silk, or polyester for cooler days or nights. Light-colored cotton are breathable and excellent for promoting ventilation and airflow.
2. Freezer feels.
Stick sheets in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes before bed. We recommend placing them in a plastic bag first. Granted, this won’t keep you cool all night, but it will provide a brief respite from heat and humidity.
3. Go old-school.
Remember when refrigerators were iceboxes that contained actual blocks of ice? Us neither. This stay-cool trick is straight out of the icebox era, though. Make a DIY air conditioner by positioning a shallow pan or bowl (a roasting pan works nicely) full of ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ice’s surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist.
4. Create a cross-breeze.
In this case, hanging out in the cross-hairs is a good idea. Position a fan across from a window, so the wind from outside and the fan combine in a cooling cross-breeze. Feeling fancy? Go buck-wild and set up multiple fans throughout the room to make the airflow even more boisterous.
5. Pamper your pulses.
Need to cool down, stat? To chill out super-fast, apply ice packs or cold compresses to pulse points at the wrists, neck, elbows, groin, ankles, and behind the knees.
6. Get low.
Hot air rises, so set up your bed, hammock, or cot as close to the ground as possible to beat the heat. In a one-story home, that means hauling the mattress down from a sleeping loft or high bed and putting it on the floor. If you live in a multi-floor house or apartment, sleep on the ground floor or in the basement instead of an upper story.
7. Hang out.
Cool down a whole room by hanging a wet sheet in front of an open window. The breeze blowing in will quickly bring down the room’s temperature.
8. Stay away from the stove.
Summer is not the time to whip up a piping hot casserole or roast chicken. Instead, chow down on cool, room-temperature dishes (salads are clutch) to avoid generating any more heat in the house. If hot food is in order, fire up the grill instead of turning on the oven. And swap big meals for smaller, lighter dinners that are easier to metabolize. The body produces more heat after you chow down on a huge steak than a platter of fruits, veggies, and legumes.
9. Refreshing love.
Fill a spray bottle with water and keep it in the refrigerator for a quick refreshing spray to your face after being outdoors.
10. Your fridge is your friend.
On a hot day, you get get a bit of much-needed rejuvination by applying a cold moisturiser to your body. Keeping your products in the fridge will create this cooling effect without any hassle.
11. Stay hydrated!
This sounds obvious, but it is amazing how staying hydrated with a freezing glass of water or other cool beverage helps to cool your body’s core temperature. You can even get creative by mixing up your own fruit juice recipes, freeze berries and refreshing herbs in ice cube trays to include in your beverages.
12. Water baby.
See our extensive list of fun and great water sports and activities available on the Gold Coast. From jetski safaris, to wet’n’wild themepark, to relaxing in the waves at our iconic Gold Coast beaches- there’s something to keep you wet and having fun!