A couple of weeks ago, we ran our Stay Cool & Chill Summer Giveaway, where we randomly selected two winners to receive a YETI Hopper Flip 12 and a Kammok Roo Hammok (congrats to Leigh Hornbuckle and Carly Williams!) in exchange for tips on staying cool in the sun.

The idea was to crowdsource information, and we received 222 amazing entries. Living in Texas, we can never have too much advice on beating the heat!

Here are 20 featured tips to stay cool this summer:

  1. “Bring a towel with you to dip in the water as you paddle and put it around your neck.” – Brian Schulte

  2. “Stay hydrated – drink pickle juice and/or apple cider vinegar a few times a day.” -Dan Forest

  3. “Wear breathable clothing that wicks away sweat.” – Michael Chang

  4. “Step 1 – Reach your hand over either side of your yak. Step 2 – Form a cup with the aforementioned hand and scoop up some water. Step 3 – Splash water on your head and face.” – Jesse Zerbe

  5. “Exertion in mornings and evenings only. Afternoon hydrate using a YETI Tumbler.” – Shelley Boone Herzog

    Yeti Rambler 30 Insulated Tumbler
  6. “Keep a spray bottle filled with water on hand and mist regularly.” – Fortie Halwick

  7. “Do your walks in the morning.” – Karen Ann

  8. “Always have water with you.” – Brandon Sparks

  9. “Deliberately fall off your stand-up paddleboard.” – Ben Beals

  10. “Wet fishing buff around the neck.” – Travis Scott

    Buff UV Multifunctional Headwear
  11. “I wear a big straw hat while in the water and regularly dip it in the water to stay cool.” – Todd A Overman

  12. “Bring an umbrella!” – Brian Wessel

  13. “Stay in the shade.” – Matt R Flatone

  14. “Wear light-colored clothing.” – Emilee Dougherty

  15. “Put an icepack in your CamelBak.” – Chase Darnall

    CamelBak Octane Dart Hydration Backpack
  16. “We head to our favorite swimming spot, Deep Eddy. It’s perfect for kids and always cools us down.” – Amy Thyng

  17. “Go up north and have family time camping.” – Bobbi Walrod-Campagna

  18. “Look for a campground that has a lake, river, pond, etc.for swimming!” – Sherril McGann

  19. “A nice cold Corona!” – Jacob Kranzler

  20. “Be on the water as much as possible.” – Kari Coffey


This list wasn’t in any particular order, but that last tip was definitely a good one to end on. 😉

Got anything to add? Tell us what summers are like in YOUR area!

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