10 things you need to beat the summer heat

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It doesn’t just get hot in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley, it gets unbearably hot.   Luckily, there are some things can help you make your way through the scorching summer temperatures. Here are 10 things you can own to help make it though the hot summer.

A Smart Thermostat

While a smart thermostat won’t make your home or workplace any cooler than a regular thermostat, they will help save you money by learning your habits and adjusting the temperature based on when you are home and away.  It also lets you adjust the temperature on your phone, so you can make sure the house is cool by the time you get back from running your errands.

Buy the Nest Learning Thermostat on Amazon for $214

A Really Good Fan

A regular fan will just blow air around a small section of the room, but the Vornado 660 Large Whole Room Air Circulator does much more than that.  It’s designed to move air around the entire room.  You can set it its lowest level and almost silently get a nice flow of air going or you can turn it all the way up, which will bring on a bit of noise, but do a great job of helping your AC cool down the house as quickly as possible. .

Buy the Vornado Large Whole Room Air Circulator Fan on Amazon for $99

Travel-Size Baby Powder

Put one of these small bottles in your purse, your backpack, your office desk, wherever – because baby powder does wonders to absorb sweat and prevent chafing.

Buy a Pack of 3 Johnsons Baby Powder Original Travel Size 1.5oz for $6 on Amazon

A Good Grill

You might as well plan on not using your oven for a few months.  Why have something heating up the house, when you can just cool up your meat outside?  It’s a lot cheaper than getting takeout every night, plus, hey, it’s nice to have a good grill all year in the desert.

Buy a Fuego Element F21C Gas Grill at Amazon for $299

Blackout Curtains

You know those shades they have in Las Vegas hotel rooms that block out all the light, leaving you shocked that you slept in until 2 pm?  Well, those bad boys can also do wonders in keeping your house cool.

These Best Home Fashion blackout curtains claim to block out 99.9% of light and insulate against heat (and the cold, for those two days in December).  They also look a lot better than putting tin foil in your windows.

Buy the Best Home Fashion Wide Width Thermal Insulated Blackout Curtain on Amazon for $32

A Sunshade for your Windshield

Unfortunately, not all parking spaces in Greater Palm Springs are shaded – and why there isn’t a law to make this happen, I don’t know.  For those times you get stuck parking your car in the hot sun, pop one of these in the windshield to keep your vehicle cooler and make sure you don’t burn your hands on the steering wheel or seatbelt when you return to your car.

Buy an EcoNour Car Windshield Sun Shade for $15 on Amazon 

A Big, Floppy Hat

Okay, so you’re not going to look cool wearing one of these – but, you are going to be cooler than if you were just leaving your noggin out there to get hit with direct sunshine.  Grab one of these for those times you have to get a little work done outside or to wear on an early morning walk.

Buy this EINSKEY Men’s Wide Brim Sun Hat on Amazon for $10

A Tiny AC Unit

Do you work in a place where the boss is a jerk and keeps the AC at 83?  Sneak in this tiny little personal AC unit to keep you cool.  It really is very small, measuring just 7.24 by 8.54 by 8.14 inches, but that doesn’t stop it from keeping things nice – as it boasts a cooling power of up to 1360 BTU.

it’s about the size of a jewelry box, so you can put it next to your bed at night to cool you down or just bring it around with you to any part of the house.

Buy the Evapolar Air Cooler evaSMART EV-3000 on Amazon for $259

Or the Evapolar Air Cooler evaLIGHT EV-1000 on Amazon for $157 

A Cooling Towel

Just a little water and a snap, and these cooling towels spring into action.  Use them to cool down after a workout or after just spending 10 minutes outside on a hot Coachella Valley afternoon.

Get This Youphoria Cooling Towel for $8 on Amazon

Cooling Gel Pet Mat

You’re not the only one who is hot.  Your pet is too!  Grab this cooling mat that both big and small dogs will love and, who knows, maybe your finicky cat will too.  It’s also portable, so you can bring it with you wherever you go.

Get the Arf Pets Pet Dog Self Cooling Mat Pad for Kennels, Crates and Beds for $60 on Amazon

Stay cool out there!!