Cool down! Our strategies to stop you from overheating
by <a href="" target="_self">Stephanie Briggs</a>

by Stephanie Briggs

10 August, 2021

We’re listening to the hype and we’re buying into the rumours that another heatwave is on its way. Haven’t heard? It’s slated for the second part of August. Be prepared! Were you ready for the last hot spell? We weren’t but we will be for the next one! We’ve got our fans at the ready and some tips and tricks on hand too. Here’s what we’re going to do:

We’re going to fill a Darn Tough sock with rice and pop it in the freezer

No, we’re not talking about cooked rice, this is uncooked rice frozen into little nuggets of cool. Pop them around the back of your neck, on your legs, anywhere that’ll appreciate a malleable slug of cold.

We’ll have our Hydro Flasks at the ready filled with cold water and lots of ice

Honestly, the water will stay super cold for hours – up to 24 hours to be precise. We used to send Hydro Flasks in the post full of ice and they would arrive on the journalist’s desk, you’ve guessed it, still full of ice. Perhaps a cold snack at break time rocks your boat? Fill your wide-mouthed bottle with ice lollies – much better than a warm biscuit.

Parasols are trending this year but make sure they stay up to the task

Parasols are still at the fantasy stage for us but we love them. When we finally get one we’re going to look after it with Nikwax Tent & Gear Solarproof. Ever sat in a deck chair/sun chair and fallen through the seat because the fabric had perished? We have! Kind of embarrassing and super annoying because if we’d just sprayed it with Nikwax Tent & Gear Solarproof it would have been protected from the sun’s rays and we’d still have it. That fate will not become our parasol when we finally get one.

We’re going to wear hats!

With 50 percent of the team blessed with dark locks, our heads get super hot in the sun. They are literally like hot plates. Nick Hallissey, deputy editor at Country Walking has the right idea. He wears a Páramo hat. Yes, we know, you could wear any hat but a Páramo hat isn’t any old hat, it’s a Miquelina Foundation hat! The Miquelina Foundation is a member of the World Fair Trade Organization and for good reason. It takes women at risk of prostitution and drugs off the streets and offers them training and employment, homes and childcare. Over 80% of Páramo’s annual production occurs at Miquelina, including this hat.

The Foundation provides employment and training for over 500 vulnerable women each year, who want to improve their lives. 130+ houses have been built, 200 under 5s attend the kindergarten and 300 children eat daily in the canteen. We told you it wasn’t just any hat.

Good luck this summer keeping cool and if you have any tips then we’d love to hear them. Contact us on Instagram and Facebook.


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