Prepping Positively

Cool Ways To beat The Heat

July 04, 2022 Ann Marie Season 1 Episode 7
Prepping Positively
Cool Ways To beat The Heat
Show Notes Transcript

The temps outside can be unbearable. However, we still have to get our farm or homestead chores done. In this episode, I am going to share some ideas for you to stay cool and beat the heat.

Cool Ways To Beat The Heat

Here in Central Florida it is hot! You can walk outside for 10 minutes and have to wring out your shirt from sweating so much. The humidity is stifling. So this led me to find ways to stay cool this summer.

In todays episode I am going to share with you some cool ways to beat the summer heat.

Hi and welcome back to the Prepping Positively podcast. I’m Annie and today we are talking about finding some cool ways you can beat the scorching heat that many parts of the United States seem to be struggling with.

It is obvious that our climate is changing. Usually where I live the heat is not this bad until August and September. But since the beginning of June it has felt like we live in the desert. 

Although I love the sunshine, which is why I moved from Pennsylvania permanently in 2013 to Florida, I do not enjoy the heat. I dislike the humidity that comes from the high heat even more. However, farm chores need done, animals need fed, and there is no avoiding going outside.

So how can you keep cool in these hot conditions?

My first suggestion…drink tons of water! Water will keep you from getting dehydrated when it is so hot outside so keep a bottle of cool water with you at all times. The best rule of thumb is 8 ounces of water 8 times a day.

Another great tip is to get yourself one of those small portable fans. These work on batteries and can really be refreshing between farm chores. If you get lucky you can even find one that actually sprays a mist of water in your face. I’m telling you it’s the greatest little invention since sliced bread. Of course you could just carry a spray bottle and spray your face and body when you start sweating.

Another cool idea is to use a cooling pack. We soak old dish clothes and place them in the freezer. When we are ready to go outside we grab a frozen dish cloth. By the time we are starting to sweat, the towels are no longer frozen but cool enough to place on our necks and heads to act as a cooling cloth. 

They only last a short while but something is better than nothing right? Another option is to use rice. Just as rice is used in a microwave for a heating pad, it can be placed in a sock and tied up and then placed in the freezer for a cooling pad.

This one should come as a no-brainer. No hot foods or hot drinks. Drinking and eating hot things will only make you hotter so stick with cool foods and drinks. Popsicles, Iced Tea, Lemonade, all work well. Freeze those smoothies and enjoy them while getting stuff done.

Want to have some fun with your partner while you’re outside? How about a water fight. Spray each other with the hose, or buy squirt guns. I am not going to lie, we have nerf water guns that we keep here for when my grand babies come to visit for the summer. I can tell you, the grand babies are not the only ones that enjoy them! 

I sneak attack my man occasionally and trust me he enjoys every minute of it in the heat.

Before you go outside, pay attention to what you are wearing. Try for lightweight materials and as little as possible. The more you pile on, the hotter you will be. Also don’t be afraid to wear that wide brimmed straw hat ladies and gentlemen. Those brims keep the sun off your head and face.

In the house if you are trying to stay cool, keep the oven off and the lights. Both can cause your home to rise in temperature. Instead, use the grill or eat really lite by having a simple salad or cool foods.

Have you ever tried an ice bath for your feet? It is a great way to cool off quickly and it is good for those footsies after being hot in shoes all day. Which reminds me, if you can  go barefoot!

At the opposite end of your body, keep cooler by pulling up that hair. I can count on one hand how many times I let my hair stay down in the summer months. Stock up on some pretty hair ties and get the heat off by pulling it up.

Finally, if you are really overheating, get in a cool shower and let the cool water run over your head.  

So, now you have some cool ways to beat the heat when the temperatures rise on your farm or homestead.

That’s all I have for you this week. Try to escape the heat if you can and try to stay cool!

Until next week….