Vacation Heatwave: 11 Must-Have Items to Keep You Cool When Traveling

I hate to tell you heat lovers this, but we are over halfway through the summer already. For me, this is a joyous occasion, as I hate the heat and humidity. I know I am not alone. It’s bad enough when it’s hot out and you’re at home, but it’s even worse if you are traveling and trying to keep cool. Fear not heat lovers, there is still plenty of time for another heatwave. And we've got you covered on how to stay cool during your next summer trip. 

11 Items to Keep you Cool When you Travel

Here are 11 items I found that will help you (and your stuff) stay cool as you travel for the rest of the summer.

Cool-It Caddy Bella Crossbody

It’s a first world problem, but melted makeup is not fun. With this Crossbody bag by Cool-It Caddy, you’ll be able to keep all of your essentials cool as you walk around for the day. WIth hidden freezer packs on the side, insulated, and a washable surface,  it makes for the perfect small purse for those hotter days. Available in 2 colors.

User Review: n/a

Price: $39.95 on thegrommet.com

Average Star Rating: n/a

Arctic Cool Men’s Cooling Shirt

A shirt that cools? Yes, please! When you dampen this cooling crew neck from Artic Cool, it gives a cooling effect from the HydroFreeze X technology, which dispenses the moisture and “optimizes the natural evaporative cooling process without leaving you cold or chilly.” It’s also made from moisture wicking material, and has UPF 50 sun protection, making it the perfect shirt for travel. Available in 4 colors.

User Review:”This shirt is well worth it It and keeps the core body cool and in Missouri it’s been extremely hot with heat index in the 110’s and it has helped tremendously. It fits perfect and is just a great product overall.”

Price: From $29.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4

Arctic Cool Women’s Cooling Shirt

We can’t forget the ladies! Arctic Cool makes this Cooling Shirt for women, with the same HydroFreeze X technology as the men’s. Spritz it with water for an instant cooling effect, moisture wicking, and UPF 50+ sun protection, you cannot go wrong with this shirt for your next trip in hot weather. Available in 8 colors - you can buy one for each day of your trip!

User Review: “Just received my Arctic Cool V-neck shirts. I love them! I sprayed water on them and they actually feel cool to my hot-natured body. We will be leaving on a trip to Panama where it's very hot and the humidity is very high. I just ordered a third one since this one feels so cool. Unless you want a shirt that's tight fitting, I'd recommend going up one size. It will hang loose on you, but I'd didn't want a tight fitting T-shirt.”

Price: From $29.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4

Cold Shower Cooling Field Towels

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone into a restroom on a hot day of sightseeing to splash cold water on my face. If I’d had these Cooling Field Towels, I would not have had to worry about finding a public restroom. Each towel will refresh and cool you, plus cleanse off the grime that often piles on when you’re walking in a city. They’re also perfect for a mid-flight refresher. Available in packs of 25.

User Review: “I'm a biker with a tough job and pickup. after long rides, these things are great. they come in a re-sealable pack, and are great to clean up until you get a shower.”

Price: $12.00 on thegrommet.com

Average Star Rating: 4

12-in-1 Cooling Headwear

Sometimes when you are hot, you need relief in more than one spot- or once one spot cools, another spot is boiling hot. This 12-in-1 Cooling Headwear is just what you need to keep every spot from the neck up cool. Wear as a bandana, scarf, headband, hood- you name it, you can do it! It has UPF 30 sun protection, and when  you soak it in water, it instantly cools you down. Available in 7 colors.

User Review: “Bought this for a two day trip to Disneyland. Temp was in the 90's both days. Kept me from getting burned, and I soaked it in water to stay cool. Good buy.”

Price: $9.95 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4

Milk Makeup Cooling Water Stick

 

For a quick cool down, try this Cooling Water Stick from Milk Makeup. Swipe the stick under your eyes for depuffing, and all over your face for cooling. “Cooling Water Stick’s energizing and restorative powers are like a cup of coffee for your eyes.” Cruelty free, vegan, and oil free, you’ll be glad you threw this in your purse before heading out to check the tourist spots.

User Review:A very small, portable product that makes you face feel so hydrated with only one swipe! I love using it when I first wake up (the bags under my eyes need some lovin') and throughout the day if I feel like my skin is getting dry (no make-up days). Putting it on under make-up makes for a nice primer-like base!”

Price: $24.00 on Sephora.com

Average Star Rating: 4

OPOLAR Battery Operated Fan

While most hotels are air conditioned, the same is not true for Bed and Breakfasts or Airbnbs. If you find yourself in a stifling bedsit or apartment while you’re away, this battery operated fan could be your saving grace. Use with batteries, or a USB plug adapter! With a strong airflow, 3 speeds,and a lightweight design , you won’t regret packing this! Available in 4 colors.

User Review: “I'm very impressed with the amount of air this little fan pushes. It's nearly silent and the battery will last all night if needed. Press and hold the on button lights up the fan blades in a blue led. Three speed fan but only low and med while connected to a power adapter for some reason. There is also a nice little white led light on the side that can be activated with the main power on button. I'm very happy with this fan and the primary use is for traveling.”

Price: $14.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4.4


Spenco PolySorb FLOW Cool Insoles

 

Keep your feet cool with these Insoles from Spenco. Designed to reduce heat build-up to keep you cool, moisture wicking, and circulate airflow.  Your feet will be thanking you as you saunter around wearing these.

User Review: ““Cool Flows have me forever!! They actually DO keep my foot from getting sweaty. I was attracted to the 'concept' and admittedly a skeptic (at first). I bought them for my sons football cleats and when they sat there for a week I decided to use them instead. I put them in my "lawn mowing" tennis shoes and have since moved them into every pair of tennis shoes I own.”

Price: From $29.99 on theinsolestore.com

Average Star Rating: 4

O2 Cool Mist 'N Sip Water Bottle

Stay hydrated and refreshed with the Mist “N Sip Water Bottle. The extra room it will take up in your suitcase will be worth it. This product is leak proof, BPA free, and a carry loop so you can attach it to your bag. You’ll be the coolest, most hydrated tourist out there. Available in 5 color combos.

User Review: This is an amazing product. I just returned from my trip to Europe and this bottle saved me from 100 degrees temperatures. The combination of water and the mist helped me get by. Don't know what I would have done without it. A must to have in the summer with heat wave.”

Price: $12.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating:4

NatraCure Cold Therapy Socks

If your feet get hot, especially after a day of walking, these Cold Therapy Socks may be for you! A chilled, soft gel pack beneath the foot and either on top or behind the heel will keep your feet nice and cold at night. If you have a big enough shoe, you could even wear it during the day!

User Review: “I actually just got these because summer is coming up and I can't sleep with hot feet. I wear a women's size 8 and the small/medium size just barely fits right so if you have any bigger feet than that get the bigger size! These are great! The cold is applied to the whole bottom of your foot and 3/4ths of the top! I used to have to get up and stand in the tub with cold water over my feet before bed to cool down, this is much nicer.”

Price: $19.99 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 4.5

Mission Enduracool Cooling Wristbands

Like your feet, keeping your wrists cool can cool your entire body. Try these EnduracoolCooling Wristbands from Mission. Soak them in water, then put them on to get your temperature down.

User Review: “Hiking in Arizona's heat my hands & wrists sweat so much that sweat would be running down to my elbows but with these, they not only wick up that sweat, they cool at the same time.

I could do without the bright orange but I just keep the gray side out.”

Price: $9.76 on Amazon

Average Star Rating: 3.5

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