How To Survive The DC Summer Heat

How To Survive The DC Summer Heat | Tips For Cooling Off

Guys, summer in DC can be a real hot, sweaty mess.  We know – this is not news to you.  No matter how long you’ve been living in the DC area, we could all use a few tips and tricks for how to cool down and chill out when those frequent heat waves hit.  Here are some products, places, and resources to keep in mind to survive the DC summer heat!


Rechargeable Mini Handheld Fan

DC Summer | Keep Cool | Personal Fan

This fan’s handle makes it easy to carry on your wrist when not in use or hang the fan somewhere for a completely hands-free cooling experience!


Stainless Steel Wine Chilling Wand With Aerator & Pourer

DC Summer | Keep Cool | Stainless Steel Wine Chilling Wand

Treat yourself while you cool down with this wine chilling wand, perfect for cooling on the go or in a hurry.  Just don’t forget to stay hydrated with water in between glasses!


Breathable, Moisture Wicking Sheet Set

DC Summer | Keep Cool | Breathable, Moisture Wicking Sheet Set

Tossing and turning all night when it’s too hot to fall asleep is no fun.  These breathable, moisture wicking sheets help the sweatiest among us stay cool for a better night sleep.


Chill Pal Microfiber Cooling Towel

DC Summer | Keep Cool | Chill Pal Microfiber Cooling Towel

These small, portable microfiber towels are perfect for keeping in your car or bag when you’re on the go.  Simply run them under cold water, wring out, then drape around your neck.


Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sunscreen Body Mist

DC Summer | Keep Cool | Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sunscreen Body Mist

This light, non-greasy sunscreen spray creates a cooling effect when it hits your skin.  We’re all for anything that encourages frequent sun protection application!

Resources for staying cool in the DC summer heat

DC Splash Park Guide – Who says that adults can’t get in on the fun?

DC Hotel Pools – A roundup of pools that are open to the public/offering day passes

Transit App – Stay inside as long as possible by using this app to check when the next bus or train is REALLY coming.

Harper’s Ferry Adventure Center – Escape the city and head for the hills for a day of lazy river tubing.  Pro tip: spring for the floating beer cooler to keep your (non-glass) beverages cold and close by.

DC Public Libraries – Head to one of DC’s libraries for some free A/C with a side of knowledge.

Smithsonian Museums – The National Mall and museums can get a little crowded in the summer, but you can’t beat that sweet, sweet A/C while gaining a little culture.    

Best DC Raw Bars – When a seafood craving strikes, treat yourself to some perfectly sweet and chilled oysters on the half-shell.

DC’s Best Frozen Cocktails – Any hour can be cocktail hour if you believe in yourself.  Go for a frozen concoctions from one of these are restaurants and bars.

DC Ice Cream Map – Eater DC has your ice cream cravings covered with this pretty comprehensive list of the best ice cream spots across the city.

Public Cooling Centers – When temperatures reach emergency levels, turn to DC’s public cooling centers for relief.  As always, help keep an eye on neighbors, particularly the elderly, children, and pets, to help prevent heat exhaustion and sun stroke.

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