I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a creature of comfort. Call it “first world problems” if you want but I just can’t stand feeling too full, too hungry, too cold and especially not too hot! You might think that after 26 years of living in Western Australia, I would have built up a tolerance to the summer heat. Sadly, this is not the case.
Like many other Perthians, every year I look forward excitedly to summer and every year when summer finally arrives I regret everything. The incessant buzzing of flies in your face and scorching heat so hot you can’t even go to the beach without getting 3rd degree burns on your feet is enough to send me running for the closest dark, air-conditioned room.
This summer I’m determined to be better prepared for those sweltering heat waves by using my go-to secret weapon: technology! Here are some little gadgets and innovations that will help you get through the hottest season of the year.
You can turn pretty much anything into a smart device these days, including water bottles. Smart water bottles will take into account your age, size and exercise regime and use the data to advise how much water you should be drinking throughout the day to stay adequately hydrated. This could potentially be very useful for serious athletes, but for most of us, it’s just tech for tech’s sake. Personally, I prefer a simple insulated bottle with an infuser; getting your 8 glasses of water a day can get very boring, so I prefer to spice things up with different fruity flavours.
For the grownups who prefer the refreshment of a cool glass of wine in the summer sun, there’s the instant wine chiller. Instead of having to wait for your wine to cool in the fridge, you can uncork and enjoy your favourite bottle of vino immediately by cooling the wine itself while you pour. When wine o’clock ticks round, all you have to do is attach the gadget to your bottle of choice and let the drinks flow.
No matter where you decide to seek refuge from the sun, I’m willing to bet there will be a USB port nearby (there’s always one somewhere). This will come in handy for the next ingenious little device: the USB powered fan. This gadget has been replicated dozens of times and can come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours; some even come with custom faces. Pick one up cheap on eBay, or do a quick Google search to find the right one for you. This is perfect for those of you who, like me, will be spending a large portion of your summer in an office.
I know there will be many people out there who agree with me when I say that the worst part of summer is struggling to sleep on a hot night. It’s always a difficult decision on whether to keep the fan/aircon on at night and risk waking up with a cold to get a comfortable night sleep. However, without the fan you may find yourself forever flipping your pillow to try to enjoy the “cool side”. If this is you, you might want to try a cooling pillow mat that you can slip inside your pillow case for a satisfyingly chilled night sleep.
One of the best ways to survive the summer swelter is to throw yourself into the closest body of water and stay submerged until winter rolls back around. The only downside of taking a dip is most of our beloved tech is quite hydrophobic, and if we accidentally make our smart device take a dive, it may be the death of it. That’s why you’ll want a waterproof case for your phone or tablet, to keep it safe against splashes this summer.
To truly achieve ultimate chill status, you’re going to need some cool poolside tunes. Do yourself a favour and grab a waterproof speaker so you can enjoy fresh songs while you soak, with no worry about damaging the device.
Fun in the sun
Despite my complaints, summer is a really fun season. We’re lucky in Australia to have such beautiful beaches and every Aussie on the coast should make an effort to get out and take advantage of it. What better way to enjoy a sunny day at the beach than getting out on the water for a surf or some kayaking? If you want to capture the action of your ocean adventures, there are mount packs to attach your camera to your surfboard or kayak for reliable hold in the water – just make sure your camera is waterproof!
Do you have a secret weapon to help you survive summer? Let us know in the comments below.