I grew up without air conditioning. I know the best summer clothes, refreshments, tips and tricks. Here’s how to keep your family cool during this summer.
- Bathing suits. Bathing suits are the best summer clothes. Let the kids stay in them all day, then just rinse them out, hang them up in the shower to dry and do it again tomorrow.
- Light colored clothing. Dark fabric passes heat on to the skin. Stick with white or light colors.
- Wicking. Look for clothes that wick sweat. This is especially good for kids who are very active or participated in sports over the summer.
- Flip flops. When my feet get hot, the rest of me heats up, too. Let feet be free! Ditch the socks and sneakers and go for flip flops.
- Ice. Lots and lots of ice. It’s important to keep your little ones – and yourself – hydrated. Give everyone their own giant reusable water bottle and keep it filled with ice water.
- Frozen fruit. Pick up the big bags of frozen fruit at Costco or Sam’s or simply wash, bag and freeze fresh fruit. Grapes are an especially tasty treat frozen. Eat the frozen fruit straight out of the freezer or make it into smoothies or sorbets.
- Ice cream and Popscicles. There isn’t much better than a trip to the ice cream shop on a hot summer day! A quick ride to the grocery store for some Popscicles or ice cream to eat on the front lawn after dinner is just as fun. Try making your own DIY ice pops.
- Picnic foods. It’s too hot to cook. Make a picnic on the floor instead.
- Bodies of water. Send out a message to your Facebook friends to meet you at the nearest body of water. Beach, pool, splash pad, lake, river – it doesn’t matter. Just go splash.
- Sprinkler, hoses, buckets and sponges. You don’t need a pool to have an awesome pool party. Fill up a bucket and let kids throw wet sponges at each other. Get out there yourself – play in the hose and sprinklers with your kids like you did when you were there age.
- Indoor activities. There are plenty of free indoor activities for kids in the summer. Bowling, skating, archery, movies, storytime and museum tours are just a few of the free offers I’ve found. Do a quick Google search for “kids free summer” in your town to find some options.
- Go out after dark. There’s no school, so let the kids stay up late to play in the park once the sun starts going down. Take a moonlight walk on the beach or watch the stars in your front yard.
A hot and sweaty family often becomes a grumpy family pretty quickly. Stay cool and happy, while still enjoying the longer days and looser schedules of summer.