Today I’m very happy to introduce one of my previous clients and a super awesome lady, Catherine of Walking with Cake. Catherine lives in Texas where the heat can be the worst in the country, so when she offered to write a post about ways to stay cool in the summer heat, I knew she would have some valuable information for all of us. So, without further ado, here’s Catherine!
Though summer officially begins today, it’s been hot here for weeks, and the temperature is steadily climbing higher every day. As a native Texan, I’ve perfected a few coping techniques to help beat the heat of the oppressive summer sun while staying safe and having fun.
Water: I go everywhere with my trusty water bottle, and it’s a great way to stay cool in the heat. Yes, it keeps you hydrated, but you can also dab a little on your wrists and around your neck to lower your temperature when you’re outside or in a hot car. And, when desperate times call for desperate measures, you can pour a little on yourself, too. I’ve been known to do this at the end of a long day outside, and though it sounds insane, you’ll feel cooler and more comfortable right away. Another great option is to carry a travel-size spray bottle with you, as a way to refresh your hair and makeup when out and about in the heat.
Go Early: Though this isn’t always possible with work schedules, it’s a good technique to follow with errands. If you can make your trips in the morning, you’ll find more shaded parking spots, fewer crowded stores, and parking lots that aren’t steaming from the afternoon sun. I have two young children, so we spend our mornings outside and running errands, and our afternoons doing inside activities. Once the sun goes down, you can venture outside again to enjoy cooler evening activities.
Less is More: When it comes to fashion, this really applies. Summer is not the time for polyester and wool, so change out your wardrobe basics for lighter weight clothing with fewer layers. Instead of a cardigan and pants, you can easily look professional in a short-sleeve cotton blouse and circle skirt. The same goes for makeup and hair products, too, so don’t be afraid to embrace a more natural look, which really helps in the humidity that comes in July and August.
Freshen Up: A trick I learned from my southern grandmother is to freshen up throughout the day with body powder, a product most people don’t use anymore. It’s still available in different forms, and is a great way to feel refreshed after spending time outside. I usually freshen up after returning from my errands, and I like to spray a bit of perfume on, too, to feel cool and clean.
These simple tricks help me stay cool in the Texas heat, and I hope they’ll help you, too.