9 Tips to Survive in the Summer Heat

So, I live in Paris. And right now it is crazy hot — I mean 36°C / 97°F. I am not a crazy-hot-type-of-weather girl at all. I like fresh cool to warm air. I like winter — mostly because even though they are essential to our ecosystem, I hate insects — and fall, and the beginning of spring. Summer is fun when it’s not too hot during the day and when everyone is outside and stuff at night.

Unfortunately, I live in a small studio — student life eh-eh — with no air conditioning and bad insulation. I am literally DYING in the heat.

So here are a few tips that I have helped me survive so far.

1. Drink LOTS of water

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That’s my NUMBER ONE — numero uno, nummer eins, numéro un — tip ! Unless you want to die out of dehydration you MUST drink water !

2. Eat LOTS of raw dishes

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Nothing feels better than a nice cool salad ! Plus you can add whatever you want in it ! Here are some recipes to get you started.

3. Buy an air conditioner

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Hey, if you’ve got the money to buy one please do ! Honestly I wish they would make small portable A/Cs for less than 100€. That would make my life so much easier !

4. Buy a fan

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One is more affordable than an air conditioner so buy one if you can as it helps a little. However, you shouldn’t sleep with a fan facing you all night long unless you want to wake up with a sore throat.. Try to direct it towards something other than yourself — personally I can’t sleep with noise so I just turn it off when I feel like I’m falling asleep.

5. Your shower is your best friend

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Indeed, a nice cool shower feels REALLY REALLY good. But don’t take an ice-cold shower unless you want to get sick — I’ve had to learn the hard way and I promise you it’s no fun..

You can also spray some water on your skin — or just splash some on your face, arms, legs and belly — and stand in front of your fan — not too long in order not to fall ill.

6. Get out of your apartment

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Okey, don’t stand in the sun all day but try to go to a place like a mall, the cinema, a swimming pool where you can get the benefits of an air conditioner or cool water — it’s even better when it’s for free.

7. Close your curtains

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You want to keep your curtains closed at all cost to prevent the heat from coming in. If you’ve got window shutters, — sadly that’s not my case — keep them closed too.

8. Open your windows at night

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This one is absolutely key especially when you have no A/C. The air is usually cooler at night so it can really help to have your windows wide open for at least an hour or two before you go to sleep — yeah I can’t sleep when I’m too hot either..

9. Go on vacation in the opposite hemisphere

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If you really REALLY can’t stand the heat and need a shot of cold wheather — and you’ve got the money to do so — why not go on vacation in a country where it’s currently fall/winter ?

I hope you’ve liked these tips. Don’t hesitate to add more of them in the comment section below :).

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