Well, we’re still having a heat wave, so I thought I’d mention a few ways to cool off that don’t require air conditioning:
Head to the mountains – the old timers knew that when the mercury rose, it was time for them to go to the mountains where the temperature was bound to be a least a few degrees, cooler. This is the perfect time to visit your local peak, enjoy the view, and cool off for a while (be sure to take sunscreen and lots of water).
Sleep outside. This isn’t practical for everyone, but I remember my own grandmother telling me how they didn’t have air conditioning (or even fans) so the entire family slept in the yard. Assuming you have a safe, quiet place to stow yourself for the night, take a tent, and try it!
Wet is a good bet. If you can, wear a cold, damp towel on your head or neck. Better still, find a body of water from pond to pool to ocean, and cool off that way.
Move the air around (or move yourself around the ait). If you are lucky enough to have a convertible, take a ride and let the breeze, blow-dry you! Barring that, carry a paper or wood fan and wave it around when the humidity and heat get to you–it’s low tech, but it works.
Wear natural fabrics. Polyester may not wrinkle, but it doesn’t breathe, either. Linen, cotton and other natural fabrics help keep you cool and wick the sweat away from your skin.
*there are plenty of other ways to cool off, too. Please share yours, here!