Summer Heatwave Hacks for Families

  • 26 June 2024
  • Aggie at pirkx
  • 3 minutes read

Summer Heatwave Hacks for Families

Summer Heatwave Hacks for Families: Stay Cool and Comfortable Together

As the UK falls victim to yet another air-conditioning-less summer, keeping the whole family cool and comfortable can be a challenge. Here are some practical and budget-friendly hacks to help your family beat the heat and enjoy the summer.

1. Stay Hydrated Together

Staying hydrated is important, but easy to forget. Keep hydration in mind by trying…

  • Infused Water: Try making your water infused with fruits like berries, oranges, and mint.
  • Fun Water Bottles: Give each family member a colourful water bottle to encourage regular drinking.
  • Hydrating Snacks: Keep snacks like watermelon, cucumber slices, and ice lollies on hand for a refreshing treat.


2. Create Cool Zones at Home

Cooling down the whole house can be tricky – but keeping a single room or space as your heatwave oasis can be more manageable. Try to,

  • Darken Rooms: Close curtains or blinds during the day to keep the sun out. Consider blackout curtains for maximum effect.
  • Fan Hacks: Place a bowl of ice in front of a fan for a DIY air conditioner.
  • Cooling Beds: Freeze pillowcases or use cooling mattress pads to ensure a comfortable night’s sleep.


3. Smart Outdoor Play

Although the great outdoors is a lot more appealing when doused in sunlight, it’s important to remember that sunburn and over heating can be real risks. Stay safe and cool while playing outside:

  • Shade and Protection: Set up play areas in shaded parts of the garden. Use umbrellas, tents, or blankets for additional shade.
  • Cool Clothing: Dress the family in light-colored, loose-fitting clothes made of breathable fabrics like cotton.
  • Timing is Everything: Plan outdoor activities for early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler.


4. Cool Down with Indoor Fun

Although it might sound counter intuitive, staying indoors during the hottest times of day can actually be a wise decision. Indoor activities to keep the family entertained and cool:

  • Movie Marathons: Create a cosy cinema experience with drawn curtains, blankets, and popcorn, or visit an airconditioned one with discounted pirkx cinema tickets.
  • Indoor Crafts and Games: Set up a craft station or play board games to keep kids busy.
  • Library Visits: Spend a few hours at the local library. Many libraries are air conditioned and offer summer programs and storytimes for kids.


5. Family Meals for Hot Days

Keeping the oven on will only make things worse. Keep family meals light and refreshing:

  • No-Cook Meals: Prepare salads, sandwiches, and cold pasta dishes that don’t require cooking. Check out the pirkx nutrition advice for how to make these meals as nutritious for the whole family as possible.
  • Grill Outdoors: If you need to cook, use an outdoor grill to avoid heating up the kitchen.
  • Frozen Treats: Make smoothies, ice cream, or frozen yogurt for a fun and cooling dessert and earn cashback on your ingredients with the pirkx portal.


With these hacks, your family can enjoy the summer while staying cool and comfortable. Embrace the heat with creativity and fun, and make this summer a memorable one for everyone. Stay safe and stay cool!



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