Be prepared for more summer heat with cooling products for home and body.
Was our recent heat wave a wake-up call that, yes, summer does happen around here?
Avoid a future meltdown by keeping a few cooling options on hand to wear, to keep at home and to take on the go.
Equally appealing in terms and style and function, the Holmes Metal Desk Fan ($13 at target.com) has retro charm complemented by a cooling breeze. The small-but-powerful fan is USB-connected for use at your desk at home or work.
Hot summer nights can be tough for sweaty sleepers, but the Penguin Cooling Pillow Mat ($25 at amazon.com) can help. Just toss it in the fridge for a few minutes before bedtime, then place it on your pillow to keep your head and neck cool as you drift off to dreamland.
Turn any beverage into a chilly treat with the Zoku Slush and Shake Maker ($20 at williams-sonoma.com). Pour your favorite drink into the frozen-cup insert, stir and watch as it freezes into a cool concoction.
Even if you’re short on outdoor space (and cash), you can have some shade with Ikea’s Ramso Umbrella ($10), a UV-blocking sun umbrella designed to clamp onto patio railings. The tilt feature allows you to adjust it to block rays throughout the day.
A must for barbecues, pool parties and backyard entertaining, the NewAir Oscillating Outdoor Misting Fan ($113 at The Home Depot) connects to a hose to emit a cooling mist up to 500 square feet. It has three speeds to control airflow and an adjustable head to direct the mist.
The sturdy straw Gap Tassel Wide Brim Fedora (on sale for $30) will keep damaging rays off your face and hair, and looks perfectly sweet in the process. Guys can sport the Tommy Bahama Raw Sugar Fedora ($88), a classic, locally designed style that can be paired with just about anything.
Spritz on Kiehl’s Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Face Mist ($17) when you need an instant cool-down, and enjoy the moisturizing and detoxifying effects on your skin as a bonus.
If you overindulge in the sun, Clinique’s After Sun Rescue Balm with Aloe ($25 at Macy’s) will soothe skin, replenish moisture and minimize peeling.
Keep Pacifica’s Coconut Milk & Essential Oils Underarm Deodorant Wipes ($9 at Target) on hand to cool down and freshen up after the beach, at the office or anytime you need to combat sweat and odor.
On the go
Whether you’re headed out for a hike or just running around town, you can keep your food and drinks nice and cool in the Mountainsmith Crosstown Cooler Tote ($60 at REI), which can be worn as a backpack or an over-the-shoulder tote.
You’ll be more likely to stay hydrated if you have a great water bottle to carry around. The Klean Kanteen x Pendleton Stainless Steel Water Bottle ($39.50 at Nordstrom) is available in three of the Oregon company’s classic prints.
Fido needs water, too. The locally designed Filson Dog Bowl ($40 at Filson, Sodo) collapses for easy toting and looks cool in hunter-orange tin cloth with a waterproof nylon lining.
If you overdid it in the heat, use the Frogg Toggs Chilly Pad ($13 at froggtoggs.com) to lower your body temperature. Soak the cooling towel in cold water, ring it out and it’s ready to cool you off for up to four hours. And it comes in an array of colors, so everyone in the family can have their pick.
When exercising outdoors, don Mission’s Enduracool Cooling Wristbands (on sale for $5 at mission.com), which provide cooling power on your pulse points. After being soaked in cold water, they will stay chilly for up to two hours.