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    Updated on Jul 16, 2020. Posted on Jul 16, 2020

    28 Products That'll Help Solve A Bunch Of Hot Weather Problems

    Sweat, sunburn, and thigh chafe have met their match.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A twenty-inch air circulating fan to come to the serious aid of your AC, and make sure that cold air gets everywhere. It'll be the perfect thing to both collapse in front of the moment you come in from mowing the lawn, and then carry out to your porch or balcony after dark so you can enjoy the evening, comfortably.

    The fan
    Amazon

    It has three quiet speeds, five blades, and an adjustable-tilt base for maximum coolness.

    Promising review: "I bought this fan as a compliment to my box window fans to make a cross breeze. It is powerful — much more powerful than the comfort zone and Lasko box fans I have in the windows. When I lie in bed, I can swivel the fan upwards so it blows air up onto me creating a ceiling fan effect. It's well made and durable but easy to move around. It is not the quietest but I don't mind, I like white noise when I work and sleep. I recommend it." —kk

    Get it on Amazon for $34.96.

    2. And a mini personal fan that'll help stave off sweat, whether you just came into work from the 100-degree parking lot or your home's AC doesn't quite do enough for your bathroom vanity.

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    Promising review: "This fan has been great so far! It's compact and fits in my work space perfectly. It blows just enough air, considering its size. Level one feels like a gentle breeze and level two is similar to a low setting of a standard fan. It isn't very wide, so the air is concentrated to wherever you point it. It doesn't oscillate on its own, but you can easily turn it if you need to blow air in another direction. I really like the versatility in that in addition to turning horizontally, it can be adjusted vertically to straight up if you wanted. This allows you to place it in different places because the air will still blow on you." —Christy19

    Get it on Amazon for $19.99 (seven colors available).

    3. A set of sexy anti-chafe lace bands because dresses are sooo comfortable to wear when it's hot outside right up until that moment you take a few steps and feel your thighs rub together — and these put a stop to that discomfort, instantly.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Reviewers do say that if you're between sizes (or even an exact number of inches that corresponds to a size), order down one so they stay!

    Promising review: "These are fantastic! I've been using the deodorant style anti-chafing rubs and wanted a longer lasting option. Ding Ding ladies!! This is it! So comfortable I fell asleep in them! No marks, no uncomfortable "digging in."

    I did measure my thigh to get an accurate size rather than guessing, but it is definitely true to that measurement. And they do take some fine tuning to make sure that they don't roll, but once you find that spot, they don't move!! I got the lacy ones and they are sexy and soft to the touch with the silicone on the top and bottom. Highly recommended!!!" —A. Spencer

    Get them on Amazon for $16.95+ (available in eight colors, some available both in lace and solid).

    4. Or an anti-chafing stick so you can apply it anywhere you know your body's prone to rubbing and blisters before you head out for whatever your summer day has in store.

    The anti-chafing stick styled with a felt board that says "happy unsticking your thighs from a plastic chair season"
    @bodyglide / instagram.com

    The original is made with plant derived, vegan, hypoallergenic ingredients and never tested on animals. It's made to be preventative, so you're supposed to put it on before you even get dressed in the morning!

    Promising review: "As a (proud) woman with no thigh gap, thighs that chafe are a real concern for me. Typically I rely on bicycle shorts with dresses, but that was not ideal while traveling through Europe in the middle of the hottest point of the summer. This stuff was AMAZING! It's compact enough to throw in your purse or luggage, easy to apply, doesn't leave residue and is sweat proof. One tube lasted me through two weeks in Europe wearing dresses and shorts every day. Free your thighs!" —Tia Holiday

    Get it on Amazon for $7.99+: it comes in its original stick form, a moisturizing stick version (which... is called "for her"... ::eyeroll:: ...but is good for any human who prefers something with additional skin-softening ingredients), and a cream version.

    5. An easy-to-use iced coffee maker that transforms regular old ground coffee into delicious cold brew concentrate overnight, so you can completely avoid hot beverages when it's a scorcher outside.

    Three parts: 1. Hands scooping ground coffee into a mesh inner filter. 2. The filter in the pitcher, brewing, and 3. The pitcher pouring
    Amazon

    You literally just fill it up the center filter with the ground coffee of your choice, add some water to steep while you sleep, then wake up to a pitcher full of cold and delicious caffeine.

    Promising review: "I wish I had found this iced coffee maker years ago. I live in Florida and the summers are extremely hot, so I like to drink iced coffee in the morning during the summer. It makes my mornings quick because all I have to do is pour it into a to-go cup. I can usually get about five fills out of one pitcher. I absolutely love this device, you do not need anything more expensive or complicated than this." —Ashley Bouchard

    Get it on Amazon for $21.99.

    And find out why one of our editors loves it so much in her Takeya cold brew maker review!

    6. Some makeup setting spray because even the most long-lasting makeup can benefit from a little help in the never ending battle against S-W-E-A-T, and this will make sure all hard work on that adorable cat eye actually stays put for hours.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This was the first time I've ever used a setting spray. But it was my daughter's graduation and 99 degrees outside. I sat outside for three hours in the heat! We went out to dinner and to the store before I finally got home to take off my makeup. I was a little shinier than I was before I left but am very happy with this spray!" —Jess Y

    Get it from Amazon for $8.36.

    7. A stainless steel bottle that's 1) insulated, so your water stays cool even if you have no other choice but to park in the bright sun and 2) actually sized to fit in a regular cup holder.

    A hand refills a purple, narrow-necked stainless steel bottle (with purple, pink, and white flowers and green foliage print) at a water fountain
    Amazon

    It has double-walled vacuum insulation and can keep drinks cold for up to 24 hours (or hot up to 12 hours, so you can use it in the winter, too).

    Promising review: "This bottle is AMAZING! It really keeps your water cool all day! It’s sturdy, easy to clean, does not lea,k and fits into every cup holder I’ve had to put it in lol. In my car, at the gym, in my wife’s car. It’s just great! I've left it in my car for a couple hours while the temp outside was upwards of 110–113 and to my surprise my water was nice and cold when I got back in. It really is a great product especially if you are an avid water drinker! It definitely earned all five stars from me." —CLoRo

    Get one on Amazon: the 17 ounce bottles for $13.95 and the 25 ounce bottles for $19.95 (available in 24 different colors and patterns).

    8. A sun hat — both styles feature a UPF 50+ sun rating (which means they only let 1/50th of UV radiation pass through), so you can bring your own shade with you wherever you go and know your head, ears, and face are extra protected.

    Sunday Afternoons

    Both styles are packable so you can travel with them without worrying about 'em getting all crushed up! The one on the left has an adjustable size band.

    Promising review: (for the hat on the left) "I'm not much of a hat person but bought this while on vacation in New Mexico where the sun was very bright and intense. It didn't cost that much so I figured it wouldn't be a big deal if I brought it home and never used it post-vacation but I surprised myself — I really like it, get compliments every time I wear it and so it has become my weekend hat!" —MGA

    Get them on Amazon: the one on the left for $24.99+ and the one on the right for $36 (both available in three colors).

    BTW, this brand makes LOTS of different styles, including ones for men and kids; you can find all their styles on their Amazon Store.

    9. A foam and fabric door draft stopper so you can stop paying extra $$ on your electricity bill for the hard-earned cold AC air that escapes out to your garage, apartment hallway, or basement.

    A reviewer's door; the stopper is like a long, rectangular pillowcase that fits under the door, with then cylinders of foam inserted into it on either side of the door
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    Besides that, it helps with light, pests, and sound...and will keep the heat in during the wintertime, too. You can cut the foam to adjust the length, and the cover is machine washable.

    Promising review: "Very pleased with this product. After easily cutting the foam with a pair of scissors, It fits my large door perfectly. I have the AC in my bedroom set at 72 while the living room is at 82 degrees. Saves money and the planet by keeping the cool air in my bedroom. Soft velvet fabric doesn't scratch floor and can be laundered. Velcro closing. One bit of advice, after customizing, it might be helpful to lightly glue or tape the core pieces together once you get a good fit so you don't have to adjust every so often if you open the door a lot. Works perfectly." —M.

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99 (available in four colors).

    10. A personal mister because its gentle, continuous, cooling cloud of water will make it that much more comfortable to hang out on your porch, patio, or yard, no matter what time of day you decide is right.

    The blue mister solid tube, attached to a hose, with one coil on the bottom to stand on then "rears" up like a snake to the sprayer, which is about 17" off the ground
    Amazon

    You won't catch me out there in peak summer, but you do you. It comes with three different nozzles so you can decide which you like best. Reviewers also love this for their chickens and parrots.

    Promising review: "I live in south Texas, so I purchased a canopy for my western facing patio and it was still too hot to sit outside. I thought I would give this a try and I couldn't believe it. We sat outside on a 98-degree day all afternoon with just this mister! It works perfectly. You can adjust how much mist comes out. Even my dogs sit out under the canopy and let the mister spray them. I would never have another summer without one." —Kindle Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $30.16.

    11. A sunburn lotion that may help prevent that dreaded peel thanks to the power combo of cooling aloe and hydrating coconut oil.

    A reviewer's before and after: before, their back hot pink from sunburn; after, their back faded to a tan
    amazon.com

    As someone with more experience with sunburns than I'd like, I've found the key to reducing peeling is to pick a lotion you like enough that you don't mind reapplying it twice a day (including after showers).

    Promising review: "Best product ever for sunburns! No peeling or itching. Simply amazing! The photos are four days apart." —Carrie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.69.

    12. A lightweight sunscreen to shield you from those ever persistent UV rays, because the best way to actually solve that sunburn problem is prevention, by finding a product that you like enough to use every single day.

    The bottle of Neutrogena Clear-Face Break-Out Free Liquid Lotion Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum SPF 30
    instagram.com

    As with all skincare YMMV, but I picked up this broad spectrum, SPF 30 face sunscreen a couple of months ago to use daily. While it's not perfect (it does leave a sheen on my oil-prone skin, but I use a translucent powder as part of my regular makeup routine and that takes care of it), it hasn't made my acne worse, which other sunscreens I've tried do. The real key is to figure out a sunscreen you'll actually use!

    Promising review: "I’ve been looking for a facial sunscreen with an SPF over 20 that doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes and feels good on my skin. I finally found it! I use this on my face and neck and chest throughout the summer and any day I’m going to be outside for over an hour. I always wipe my eyebrows with a tissue to remove any lotion that may be in them to prevent it from melting into my eyes later." —danncer

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $7.95.

    13. A pair of polarized sunglasses that'll seriously reduce glare and protect your eyes from harmful UV rays because most of the time the hottest days are incredibly bright, too.

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    The first time I tried polarized glasses (tho they were fancier than these), we were on a beach in Hawaii and my mom let me borrow her pair. It was clear water anyway, but I could suddenly see SO much more detail through to the bottom, because it blocked the sun's glare so effectively. Now I'll only wear polarized!

    These have 100% UV protection, which is the most important thing to look for in sunglasses, according to The American Academy of Ophthalmology. Reviewers say each pair comes with a case, a cleaning cloth, and a mini screwdriver for tightening them if needed.

    Promising reviews: "I was driving directly into the sun yesterday and they did a damn good job of cutting the glare and enhancing my surroundings." —Henryhillsmom

    "I bought these as a cheap and quick replacement to similar looking sunglasses that recently were stolen. I had no hope for these being as great but was extremely happy to be wrong. These are very comfortable and the polarized lenses are wonderful and work quite well. These do not feel cheap, the quality is great! I am all around happier with this purchase than I was with similar sunglasses with an extra $100 on the price tag." —Anastasia Tavenier

    Get a pair on Amazon for $14.99 (20 variations of different frame and lens colors available; some mirrored, some not).

    14. A set of four car shades for your side windows (two lighter and two darker) because if you're car's gonna sit in a hot parking lot even for just an hour, putting up something in addition to your standard windshield cover could make all the difference.

    Amazon

    They're coated in a film that makes them easy to just stick directly to the window (no suction cups required), and then just peel off and twist-fold into a little pouch whenever you're done with them.

    Promising review: "Tucson AZ report: Top notch static-affixing shades. I live where it gets over 115 degrees. Today it's a cool 102! Love these window shades which STICK like the best Saran Wrap ever. My Tahoe windows are big and darkened but there's a serious difference on my arm in the extra shade. The best part is how much cooler my skin feels under the shaded area. We all know interiors heat up by sun entering the windows, and my black Tahoe is no hotter than the gold colored Yukon next to me in my office parking lot. But now thanks to these my drive is even cooler." —Shanon N.

    Get them on Amazon for $13.97.

    15. And a cute Disney Cars windshield shade — besides performing that essential task of keeping your car interior cooler, it will bring everyone who sees it (including you!) a little spark of childhood joy.

    A reviewer's red car with the Lightning McQueen eyes shade in the windshield
    amazon.com

    The listing says it comes with suction cups, but multiple reviewers say it doesn't but still works really well. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Promising review: "This shade makes me smile every day. It is as thin as you'd expect of a low cost sunshade but I have no trouble getting it to stay upright and it nearly covers the whole windshield. Honestly, I did not measure before ordering I just thought it would make my kids laugh when they saw Lightening McQueen in the driveway. If it was a couple of inches bigger all around it would be a better fit but it still works, just flip the visors down and pull the shade up behind them. —Elizabeth Mohsin

    Get it on Amazon for $16.99 (also available in black and grey). If you'd prefer a shade that's very efficient and UV-blocking but less playful, try a different one for $12.99+ (available in three sizes).

    16. Some antiperspirant lotion specifically formulated to prevent excess sweating in your hands and feet, whatever it is that triggers yours.

    The 40mL bottle of lotion
    @mycarpe / instagram.com

    Promising reviews: "This is the only thing that has ever worked for my foot perspiration. It is wonderful, my feet are DRY when I take my boots off when I come in from work. If you think you've tried everything and don't think this will help...it will!" —USMC/MCSO

    "This product is as advertised: it stops your feet from sweating. It doesn't take much product, a very small amount, rub into clean, dry feet vigorously, wait 10 minutes, then put on socks and shoes. I used it at night as well as in the morning, and it worked great. I can even skip a day. Love this stuff." —Alison Widmer

    Get a tube of hand lotion and a tube of foot lotion for $24.95.

    17. A pair of flats or sneakers that will *never* get too smelly no matter how much you sweat in 'em because anytime they do, you can just toss them in the washing machine.

    Rothy's

    I've had a pair from this brand (all their shoes are made out of the same woven material, which is made from recycled plastic water bottles) for almost three years now and they really do still look brand new. I wear them all over New York through the spring, summer, and fall with no issues, and as someone who grew up on the Gulf coast, know they'd hold up well during summer's peak heat and humidity there, too. (You can read my full Rothy's flats review for more).

    Get them from Rothy's: the pictured flats or sneakers for $125 (many colors and patterns available; sizes 5–13).

    18. A pack of 100 oil-blotting tissues perfect for a mid-day touch up. Idk if it's actually true, but I swear my oily-prone skin always struggles more when the temperatures climb.

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    I recently bought a pack of these and can 100% attest that they're packaged neatly and work really well.

    Promising review: "Where have these been my whole life? I live in humid Florida and have very oily skin. Halfway through the day I look like an oil slick. I love these charcoal tissues, they feel great on skin and gently absorb oil. They do not ruin or pickup my makeup at all when I dab them on my face. They leave no trace of oil and I am good for another four hours or so. I can't live without these now!" —Ashley Bouchard

    Get the pack of 100 tissues on Amazon for $6.95.

    19. A cotton undershirt with an extra sweat-absorbing panel under the arm to catch any drips you'd prefer weren't visible under short- or long-sleeved shirts (as long as you don't mind the extra layer).

    Amazon

    Yes, it is another layer on a very hot day (and technically also 5% spandex), but it'll keep those sweat stains away from your short- or 3/4-sleeve business casual tops!

    Promising review: "This product works very well. It effectively blocks most sweat rings and only shows minor stains around noon, which dry rapidly. I'm no longer sitting in a wet shirt and freezing. The shields within the shirt are very effective at trapping the moisture and it is very comfortable to wear. I have started wearing a lot more of my brightly colored shirts." —pathetiquehumor

    Get them on Amazon for $28.49: one with a boatneck (available in women's sizes XS-XXL and three colors) and one with a classic t-shirt cut (available in men's sizes XS–3XL and three colors).

    20. A durable pet cooling mat filled with non-toxic gel — it stays five to ten degrees cooler than the surrounding temp, so your pup or kitteh can quickly chill out even if they've been running laps in the heat.

    A small fuzzy dog, contentedly asleep on the blue mat, which has several rows of sectioned gel
    amazon.com

    It wipes clean, and doesn't require any refrigeration or anything.

    Promising review: "I have a pug and a toy fox terrier/chihuahua mix and they absolutely love this thing. I just leave it sitting on the living room floor and they gravitate towards it when they need to cool down (and sometimes fight over it). Both fit simultaneously if they are in the mood for sharing the space. The mat is tough too — I don't think the dog nails can penetrate it." —E Marsh

    Get it on Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three colors).

    21. And a durable miniature pool created so all kinds of dogs can enjoy some sweet relief when the thermometer shows significantly more red than white.

    A reviewer's two labradors in the big, blue pool that fits both of them; they're wet with big doggy smiles on their faces
    amazon.com

    Because it's not inflatable you won't have to worry about springing any leaks, but it still stores easily because it folds up in no time (although just like all of those heavy chewer dog toys, it's not completely chew-proof). And yes, it works well for kids, too!

    Promising review: "Great pool! Heavy duty material yet packs easily for storage and travel! Perfect replacement for those hard plastic ones that the dogs always put holes in and are hard to store/transport. This pool has held up to two swimming seasons so far for the labs in our family (about 65lbs each). These girls have tons of energy and always manage to destroy the plastic pools...this pool survives the splashing, digging and general shenanigans the girls get into. When we can't make it out for a hike or swim, this is our go-to for cooling off!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $43.99+ (available in three sizes).

    22. A foldable miniature fan that can fit in your pocket, purse, or glove compartment, letting you keep your cool while you wait for your car's AC to (fiiiinally!) kick in.

    A hand holding the fan, with an inset of the fan at rest, and an inset of the fan closed in on itself, so it's super compact
    Amazon

    It charges via USB, so you don't have to worry about keeping batteries around. It has two different speed settings, and the bottom half can also fold backward to act as a little stand.

    Promising review: "I liked it so much I got a second! I got one for my girlfriend because she wanted to make sure her makeup doesn't come off during humid days, but I started using it and it's is amazing. I thought it was going to be one of those cheap ones that break or have weak wind power but this is so strong. It has two settings normal and high, as if normal power wasn't strong enough. I am someone who sweats a lot so after walking a long day and I sit in the park somewhere, I just use this to cool off. I have been using it for a week now. A full battery life lasts a couple of hours so I can literally use it from morning to night. I highly recommend this!" —Mitchell

    Get it from Amazon for $11.88+ (available in three colors; also available with two fans).

    23. Some double-layer blackout curtains to stop the sun from blasting through your windows with all its brightness and heat, keeping your entire home cooler (and helping lower your energy bills, because your AC won't have to work quite so hard).

    The panels in navy, reaching from above the window to one or two inches off the ground
    Amazon

    Promising review: "The best blackout curtains I’ve ever had. I live in Florida and I have a weird schedule (I work until early morning and get up early afternoon) so I need great curtains. The darker the color the better they work. I’ve previously had tan and dark brown and they did pretty well. This time I went with navy to go with my room color scheme— GLORIOUS. It’s so dark and cool all day long. You can feel the heat inside the curtain. It is white on the opposite side of the panel (the side looking outside) so that’s nice. It is wrinkly but a couple sprays with a wrinkle releaser or washing and drying them and promptly hanging them and the wrinkles come right out. The only light that shines through is the gap between the curtain and the wall due to the curtain rod." —Labra

    BTW, that white on the inside of the curtain is part of why these work so well — it helps reflect some of the sun's heat and light back outside, instead of letting it heat up your room!

    Get them on Amazon for $35.99+ (available in eight/patterns colors and six sizes).

    24. A set of incredibly lightweight Belgian linen sheets so you never have another moment where you wake up at 3 a.m. drenched in sweat, not from an "I watched-TV-too-late nightmare", but because you've just always been a hot sleeper and the summers make it worse.

    Amazon

    Yes they are a bit of a splurge, but linen often lasts for years and takes no special care (you just wash on warm and dry on medium). And it gets softer with each wash!

    Promising reviews: "Initially was much more coarse then cotton sheets but that was to be expected. However after a few nights that started to grow on me and now I absolutely love them. I’m hot sleeper and always have a fan on me while I sleep. These sheets are incredibly breathable and keep me cool." —Joey Pulliam

    "I love these sheets! They are beautiful and quality and remind me of my precious purchase of Restoration Hardware Belgian Linen sheets ($229 for twin, $289 for queen). They keep you cool when it's hot and comfortable when it's cold. They have that amazing lived-in, relaxed look. If you want super crisp then try something else. If you want beauty, natural fibers, quality and comfort — try these!" —Amazon Customer

    Get them on Amazon for $149.99+ (available in Full–Cal King sizes and five colors).

    25. A genius nearly-instant slushy and smoothie maker because when it's above 90 degrees outside, pretty much everything (from juice to tea to coffee and milk to boozier concoctions) is better in slush form.

    Two green, tall cups with pink strawberry smoothie in them that looks slush-like
    Amazon

    Quick frosé, anyone? You simply pull it out of the freezer, pour your bev of choice in, then stir it with the included spoon until it reaches peak slush. One reviewer even figured out how to create a corn syrup free–ice cream with bananas, milk, and vanilla.

    Promising review: "In December we somewhat randomly purchased one of these as a birthday gift for one of our kids who loves slushies. Five months later, it has become such a hot item at our house (two parents and three kids) that we ordered two more. All three Zoku slush makers are used on a daily basis. While it does take some time for the drink that you pour inside to freeze thoroughly to make a nice slushy, I have never heard complaints about the time that it takes. It works really well and they love the result." —Kindle Customer

    Get a pack of two on Amazon for $38.99 (available in two color combos).

    26. A natural deodorant that really, truly, actually works to keep odor at bay (at least for some people!) and may even help you not sweat so much, even though it doesn't contain any traditional antiperspirants.

    Lara Parker / BuzzFeed

    The tricky thing about natural deodorants, unfortunately, is that they're totally dependent on your body's microbiome. So just know YMMV! Here's what Lara, an editor here at BuzzFeed, had to say about it in our 2019 roundup of Things to Try in July:

    "Over a year ago I made the switch from regular deodorant to a more natural option. This was for a lot of reasons, but mostly because I got too high one night and spent like three hours reading about the dangers of some of the ingredients included in non-natural deodorants. I went through several options at first like Toms (I could *not* stop profusely sweating for months, the pit stains were real), and Schmidt's (I smelled and no matter what I did, it did not stop) before finding one that I swear by now — LaVanila's The Healthy Deodorant.

    I love that it comes in stick form because it feels much easier to use than some of the powdered options available. It also smells great, doesn't leave residue on my skin or on my clothing, and it...works. I don't smell bad and I don't profusely sweat when I use it. It took some time for my body to adjust, about 2–3 weeks, but once it did, I never looked back." —Lara Parker

    Get it from Target for $11.99 (available in three other scents here).

    For more on how natural deodorants work and different options, check out the best natural deodorants no matter your price point on BuzzFeed Reviews (I've personally been using the budget pick and it's worked well for me, tho I do reapply it 3–4 times a day).

    27. A cooling towel that absorbs and holds onto lots of water for its size, so you can lay it around your neck and shoulders — if you're somewhere with a dry heat and low humidity — and let it provide extra moisture to evaporate off your skin like sweat, cooling you down.

    The compact, still dehydrated towel, which is about the size of two granola bars
    Amazon

    And when you flip it over, it always has a "cool" side. Many reviewers even purposefully keep it in their fridge or an ice chest so it's extra cold. (Some reviewers from more humid climates do like it, but technically its cooling effect comes from evaporation, which is why — as someone who grew up on the Gulf Coast — I don't think it would quite so effective somewhere super humid.)

    Promising review: "I use the towel to mitigate against 100-degree summer heat when I'm out walking. I usually wet the towel and to put it in the freezer overnight, laid over a bag of veggies so that it forms a rough U-shape. The next day I take it out and put it on my shoulders around the back of my neck (the U-shape freezing keeps the towel in place). It gradually thaws as a I walk. The coolness lasts 20-30 minutes. Pretty good result for the price." —Gaston

    Get it on Amazon for $14.97 (available in four colors).

    28. And last but definitely not least, a window air conditioner for obvious reasons, although I really do hope you have one — or central air — already!!!

    The compact window unit
    Amazon

    This one's made for a room up to 150 square feet (although there are options for bigger rooms too), and only windows that open vertically (not ones that slide to the side).

    Promising review: "This ac was everything I ever needed. My room is in the front of my house, so sun is hitting it from 1-8pm, it was a sauna!! Even at night the heat lingered in the air and my room was the ONLY room in my house to be that hot. I was kinda doubtful that it would significantly cool down my room, but I was okay with that, I just needed it to be a bearable temperature. It was a easy set up, and pretty light for an ac. I brought it up the steps myself and I’m a 5’2 twig, can’t even do a push up. So it was light, the installation was really simple. And my room is so cold I had to turn down the settings!!!" —Wendy Almonte

    Get it on Amazon for $159.99.

    My sincerest wish for all of you this summer:

    NBC

    Well, not TOO conditioned... because that's its own problem.

    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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