Even if summer is your favorite season, you can acknowledge that the coming of the new season presents new challenges.
1. "Keep track of how much water you're drinking. I keep a water bottle that marks how many ounces of water I drink, and I keep an app to record how much I'm drinking in a day. I used to be someone who was perpetually dehydrated, which meant that I had headaches and was tired most of the time. Since keeping track of my water intake, I feel so much better. This is especially important in the summer, as you're sweating much more!"
—Anonymous, 43, OR
2. "GRILL YOUR WATERMELON. Trying this literally changed the game, and now it's a hit at every barbecue I host. The grill's smokiness adds an amazing flavor to the watermelon. It's equal parts sweet and savory, all in one."
3. "AC is a rarity in the UK, and our nights get ridiculously hot sometimes. When I get up in the morning, I put my sheet in the freezer so I have something cool to sleep under. If I forget, then I wet the sheet and wring it out until it's almost dry but still cool. I also have a gel insert that goes inside my pillowcase, which doesn't need to be frozen, so it's always cold."
5. Get a pack of hydrating serum sheet masks for your face. Put them in the fridge. Apply them when you're overheated, sweaty, or sunburned (if the skin is not too irritated or peeling). The cool moisture is a lifesaver."
6. "Make a solution of 1/2 rubbing alcohol and 1/2 water, and put it in zip lock bags. Then put them in the freezer. We use these on bumps and bruises when we get hurt, AND they’re great to put on the back of your neck when it’s hotter than heck outside. Plus, they’re reusable!"
—Anonymous, 38, United States
7. "Around June, I'll grab a cheap ice cube tray and pour in coffee to freeze overnight. This way, I can toss them into my morning iced coffee. It keeps the drink cold, and it just melts into more coffee!"
8. "For summer trips, I'm always rolling my clothes into my suitcase. This saves room in any luggage, but I find it's much easier to do with lighter pieces of clothing, and it's perfect to shove everything into one bag for a quick weekend getaway!"
—Anonymous, 38, WA
9. "I always make sure to bring baby powder with me if I'm going to the beach! It's the best hack to remove sand (wet or dry) off your feet so you can put your shoes back on."
10. "If you're worried about sweat, you might need to be using an antiperspirant instead of deodorant. I spent years sweating through regular deodorant, only to realize that its main purpose is to mask odor, whereas an antiperspirant is used to stop sweating. Since switching to an antiperspirant, I've totally stopped sweating under my arms, and will add it to places like the back of my neck and my thighs where I'm likely to sweat on days when I'm more active. I can't believe I suffered through every summer before learning this."
—Anonymous, 42, NV
11. "If you've got kids or just find yourself frequently bored with more free time in the summer, you can make a list of quick, easy activities, cut each one out, and drop it into a bowl. This way, when boredom strikes, you can pull out a random activity to do! We've color-coded ours depending on what kind of activity to look for. My kids know to grab a pink slip from the bowl for a quick at-home activity, and green for when we're looking for a fun day trip like the pool or zoo!
12. "Semi-professional road tripper here: Save your coins! We start in September and save up loose change and then convert it. We still do a coin jar for cursing in my house, so I added in way more than expected. Luckily, my sister manages a grocery store, so there is no convenience fee as we trade the rolled coins for money! Last year, we were able to save nearly $400 because of loose change. We used it on our breakfast stops and gas stops, and we had enough for the way home. We are flying this summer and still saving up the loose change for our airport snacks and coffee!"
13. "I'm still wearing a mask, and when summer rolls around, I start sweating underneath like crazy. You can actually buy inserts underneath your mask to separate the mask from your skin while still keeping it against your face. I also like to cut skincare face masks in half and use them underneath for a bit of extra hydration, and no one can tell!"
—Anonymous, 29, TN