School is almost out and if you’re planning a summer vacation with the family, you can be sure it’s only going to get warmer as the weeks progress.

As temperatures rise, we become vulnerable to heat cramps, exhaustion, dehydration, and even heat stroke.

Here is a list of the Top 10 Ways you can stay comfortable this summer.

1.) Air Conditioning
Okay, this one may be a little obvious but for those of you who are without an Air Conditioning Unit, spend some leisure time outside your home and enjoy a good book at your local coffee shop, take your time window shopping at your local mall, or surf the web at a nearby library. For those who want to stay home, place a bowl of ice cubes in front of your fan. Not only will the ice create a cold breeze but as the ice melts, it’ll evaporate, causing ice-cooled air to spread and help keep your home cool.

2.) Always Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated during summer months is a must. Make sure that you drink plenty of water by drinking more than the recommended eight glasses per day. Other cold beverages and sports drinks rich in electrolytes can also help replace minerals and cool down your body temperature.

3. Consume cold and frozen treats
Frozen treats like ice cream and popsicles can bring delight during hot and humid days, so fill up your refrigerators with these refreshing goodies during summer.

Here’s a simple and healthy popsicle recipe you can try at home:

Cut up fresh fruits (best are pineapple, oranges, strawberries and grapes). Squeeze pineapples and oranges to make the juice. Put the fruits into popsicle molds, leaving some space at the top to be filled with the juice. Add the liquids. Wrap each mold with plastic wrap and place in the freezer until firm.

4. Enjoy an ice-cold water spa
Relaxing at an Ice-cold water spa helps spread refreshing feeling all over the body, starting from the feet.

To do this at home, simply soak your feet in a half-filled pail with ice cubes and water. Our body radiates heat from the palms of our hands and feet, our ears and our face, so cooling down any of these parts will eventually cool the entire body.

5. Keep a cold water spray bottle
Another simple yet effective way to lower the body temperature is by spraying yourself with cold water from a spray bottle in the refrigerator.

Spraying water over the body’s pulse points like the neck, wrist and temples of the head – where blood vessels are closer to the surface of our skin – can help the body cool down. Make sure to bring a hand towel to wipe off excess water.

6. Wear loose-fitting and light-colored clothing
Tight and dark-colored clothes tend to trap heat coming from the sun, keeping our body feeling warm. For protection when outside, it’s best to cover yourself up with loose-fitting and light-colored clothing which reflects heat, helping the body maintain normal temperatures.

7. Make your refrigerator your friend
You can put household items inside the refrigerator to cool them off. Want to have a good night’s sleep during summer time? Chill your bed by placing folded sheets and pillow casings in plastic bags and letting them cool off in the fridge for a few hours. Pull them out just before going to bed for a cool and comfortable sleep.

8. Turn off appliances when unused
When appliances run on electricity, they create their own heat. So turn appliances off – laptops, lights, television – when not in use. By turning them off (and unplugging them), heat circulating within the area can be reduced.

9. Slow down
Strenuous activities should be reduced, if not eliminated, during hot days, especially during the sun’s peak hours (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). If these activities cannot be avoided, do them during the coolest time the day, which is usually in the morning between 4:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.

10. Take a cool shower everyday
When all else fails, taking a cool shower once or twice everyday never disappoints. Frequent showers help lower body temperature while also rinsing off body sweat, making you feel a lot more comfortable even during hot days.