Top Tips To Keep Cool

With the current temperatures keeping us hot, we share some top tips on how to keep cool over the summer months.

Take A Dip

Visit one of our hotels with a pool and go for a swim to cool down

Keep hydrated

Bring your body temperature down by drinking cool glasses of water regularly. Dehydration can be caused by sweat, which can make you susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Relax with a drink in our bars.

Wet paper towels

If you’re looking for the quickest way to cool your bottled drinks (or beers, wines etc!) simply wrap a wet paper towel around the bottle and put it in the freezer.

Swap Hot for Iced

Swap your morning coffee for iced coffee instead.

Wear your sports gear

Sportswear is perfectly designed to deal with sweat, which will keep you cool in the sun.

Keep your feet cool

There are plenty of pulse points around the feet and ankles, so dunking your feet into an ice bucket can help take your temperature down.

Wear socks

Seems a little odd, but wearing socks in the heat can help you stay cool and fresh. Socks can help to absorb the sweat, keeping your feet cool and clean.

Shut out the sun

Keep blinds and curtains closed during the day as a preventative measure to stop your room from overheating. To keep your house cool, you need to keep the hot air out – this means keeping windows (particularly south-facing windows) closed and covered with blinds or curtains during the hottest daytime hours. Then, when the temperature has dropped at night time, you can open everything up to let the cooler air travel through your home.

How to use your fan

Strategic placement

Fans work brilliantly in the mild heat, but when it’s hot, really all they do is just blow hot air around. If you’re using fans, you’ve got to think about strategic placement. If you point your fan outside, slightly towards the windows, they push out the hot air. If you have a ceiling fan set them counter-clockwise to pull the hot air away.

The bowl of ice trick

If you place a bowl or tray of ice in front of a blowing fan your room will become cooler as the ice melts. The fan picks up the cool air coming from the surface of the ice, creating a deliciously cool mist.

Create a cross-breeze

Strategically placing fans around a room can create a pretty nifty cross breeze. Place one by the window, another in the middle of the room – they’ll work together to push the cooler air around.

Take a shower

A shower is a fantastic way to cool down and reset. Top tip – make sure the water is tepid rather than warm or hot. Avoid filling the air with steam which will make the room much hotter.

Rinse your wrists

Cool water on the wrists or feet will cool you down quickly, a good tip to do just before bedtime.

Wear cotton clothing

Cotton is the coolest fabric to wear in the heat. Avoid dark colours and go for whites and beiges which will help reflect the sun’s rays.

Hang a wet sheet

Hanging a wet sheet in front of an open window will help bring down the room’s temperature.

Use your freezer

Speaking of sheets, stick them in a plastic bag and pop them in the freezer for a few minutes before bedtime. It’s a short-lived hack but will help you get soundly off to sleep.

Fill up a hot water bottle

Not with hot water though, fill it up from the cold tap and stick it in the freezer and you have yourself a multi-purpose ice pack.

Turn off the lights

All light bulbs create heat. Switch them off.

Unplug your chargers

Gadgets like smartphones and tablets produce unnecessary heat while they’re plugged in. Unplug all electrical devices before bed, or charge them in another room.

Enjoy the blue skies and the sunshine while it lasts!