The time of year is upon us.. The time of year when the outside air feels like the inside of a hair dryer. Valley residents are a tough breed, however, and we know plenty of tricks to make the Summer tolerable. If you’re new to the area, or are just looking for more ideas on how to stay cool this summer, here are five tricks we’ve learned.
1. Break out the Summertime Wardrobe
Light-colored, cotton clothes that fit you loosely are best, because your sweat evaporates in the air. Loose, billowy clothes allow air movement next to the skin and helps with evaporation. Next to that, you can pick up synthetic fabrics that are designed to soak up sweat (think spandexy jogging clothes).
2. Break out the Summertime Appetite
Summer salads are much more tolerable, because they’re easier to digest than a huge burger. Go for fruits and veggies that also have a high water content to keep you hydrated, and cooler as a result. Also, it may seem counterintuitive, but eating spicy foods can help you cool down. The spicy stuff increases your blood circulation and makes you sweat more without raising your body temperature, which helps you cool down even more.
3. Freeze Your Sheets
This one may seem odd, but give it a shot and see what it does. You basically chill your bed by folding your sheets and pillowcases, putting them in plastic bags and throwing them in the freezer for a few hours. When it’s bedtime, pull them out and make the bed. It may be the best feeling ever.
4. Two words: Blackout Curtains
While it may be tough to be in such a dark room all the time, these things really help keep the heat out. . For maximum protection, buy blackout curtains with a foam layer that blocks sunlight as well as a reflective back layer that directs the cool air inside back into your home.
5. Go to Big Surf
When you really gotta get out of the house, you might as well go somewhere that has water. Big Surf happens to have the third largest wave pool in the country, so why not go there? They also have several other rides for kids of all ages. Check them out at bigsurffun.com.
Remember that one of the most important survival tips is to drink plenty of water. Be safe and have a great summer!