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As if August wasn't already as hot, dry, and boring as it gets now we've got this "ring of fire" weather pattern on our hands and, holy cow, are we feeling it in the south. August is the time to hide out in the AC as much as possible because going out in the sun is just not fun. At all. If you do find yourself in a situation where you need to venture outdoors - fear not! I've compiled a short survival list of easily-acquired items to help you beat the heat.

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You should be stashing these easy to use, easy to tote cooling towels everywhere you can: in your purse, in your car, in your best friends car, etc. When you need a quick cool down simply soak the towel for one minute (pro tip: use the water and ice combo in a cooler), wring out the excess, snap it around a few times and you're good to go.


 

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This powerful portable fan from the fine folks at Ryobi is an absolute game-changer when the heat starts to get oppressive. Ideal for indoor and outdoor use this compact cooling powerhouse will never run out of power thanks to dual power options: use it on the go for hours on end with the ONE+ battery or switch over to electric power with an extension cord for extended use. I will warn you, though, people will hog the breeze from this fan so you should also carry a handheld option to keep them at bay.


 

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August is the time to hydrate or diedrate, and I am absolutely going to choose the former thanks to the trusty Hydro Flask. The double-wall vacuum insulation keeps cold drinks ice for hours (for real) while the pro-grade stainless steel design ensures pure taste and none of that weird metallic taste you can experience with some other bottles.


 

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Talk about sweet relief from the heat! Just one shot from this personal water mister can lower the air temperature by as much as 30 degrees! It holds up to 40 ounces of water and the wide-mouth bottle makes it easy to throw in some crushed or full cubed ice for an extra cold blast and you should definitely drop some peppermint essential oil into the water and prepare for some serious heat-beating refreshment.


 

 

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I purchased a Vornado for myself when my central air started to kick the bucket during last year's heatwave and it is still the best money I have EVER spent. In fact, I love my Vornado so much that I almost took it to my sister's wedding as my date. This whisper-quiet fan uses energy-efficient vortex action to provide legitimate whole room air circulation and has a fully adjustable head so you can easily direct the airflow.


 

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They don't call them the "dog days of summer" for nothing and they definitely don't call them that because dogs are impervious to this sultry heat. Keep your furry best bud comfortable and eliminate the possibility of overheating with a pressure-activated cooling pad. The special gel formula automatically recharges after 15-20 minutes of non-use and will keep your pup cool as a cucumber for up to 3 hours while they're laid out on it. Don't forget to have plenty of cool, fresh water nearby at all times!


 

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Last but not least, it is imperative to try and stay happy throughout a smoldering heatwave. I know, I know, it's near impossible because it's just so dang hot and it seems to make everyone so dang angry but the next time you start to feel yourself gettin' salty you should buy some beer, call up some friends and settle in for a nice air-conditioned indoor game of Cards Against Humanity. You're sure to forget how mad you are by the time the beer's gone.