It’s not always about staying warm during the winter, especially when summer is on its way here. Now as preppers, we’d like to keep cool on those hot summer days to avoid heat stroke and exhaustion. The great news is, there are ways you can stay cool that does not involve an AC at all. We’ve covered a few here, but there are more below.

Cool meals and drinks

This one may seem obvious. After all, most of us reach for a cool beverage when we’re hot and sweaty. Cool meals can also serve as a way to stay cool. Salads, sandwiches, cold meats, fruits, vegetables, and other foods can help. You can cook meals and eat them cold later on (most of us love cold pizza for breakfast). Just make sure you keep everything covered and eat any perishables quickly. Use cucumbers! Slice a thin piece of cold cucumber (from the fridge or a cooler) and stick it in the middle of your forehead! This feels fantastic on a hot day or when stuck in a hot car and works almost immediately! An ice cube or a cold soda can work similarly, though the astringency of the cucumber is more refreshing for your eyelids.

Cold wash cloths or spray bottle

Use cold wash cloths on your face, head, and especially the neck will help you keep cool. The only problem with this is you’ll have to keep wetting the cloths with cold water, but it’s otherwise a very effective way to cool off. Or wear a bandana with water soaked on it and put it on your head. Alternatively, get a spray bottle, fill it with water, adjust it to fine mist and spray it on your exposed skin for an instant chill-zing cooling effect.

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Do chores in the morning or evening

Do your chores either in the morning or the evening, depending on if you’re a morning person or not. Being up at the crack of dawn isn’t for all of us, so doing chores at dusk can be a great alternative. Either way, this will help you avoid using any AC since you’re not going to be overheating your body.

Blinds and heavy curtains

Another seemingly obvious one, but it’s important nonetheless to utilize blinds or heavy curtains to keep the sun’s light — and more importantly its heat — out.

Live underground

Yup, if you’ve got a basement (or any other underground spot), you’re good to go. Being down on the lower floor and below ground will regulate the temperature year-round and help you stay cool during the summer months.

DIY Air Conditioner

Put a metal bowl of salted ice in front of a fan, and adjust the fan so that the air is blowing over the ice. Or, use one or more 2 liter (0.5 US gal) bottles and fill them mostly full of water (70%) and rock salt (10%). Leave 20% of the volume empty for expansion. The salt lower the temperature at which the water freezes, allowing you to make the ice super cold. Freeze the liquid in the bottles, then place them in a large bowl (to catch dripping condensation). Position a fan to blow on them. As the salty ice in the bottles melts, the air around them cools and the fan will blow that air at you. The water and salt in the bottles can be refrozen every night and used repeatedly.

How do you stay cool? Let us know on social networks or in the comments!