Chill! Tips to Cool Off Without Power

One of the most important things to plan for as a survivalist is a long, cold winter. Freezing temperatures can kill you when you don’t have a reliable way to get warm. But for people who live in Florida, Texas, and other semi-tropical climates, it may be just as important to find ways to keep cool. Heat stroke is deadly, and the day-in, day-out misery of sweltering temperatures can make you wish you’d died right along with your air conditioner. Instead of losing all of your precious water through your pores, try these tips on for size.

Plant a Seed
Whether you nurture a tree from germination to maturity or simply buy property surrounded by nature, trees are a good way to make sure your home stays cool. The shade itself will make a big difference, and the increased oxygen will make it feel cooler than the thermostat might suggest.

Fans
Your ceiling fans aren’t going to work without a power grid, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit around in the still, stale air. With battery-powered fans, you can keep the circulation going. Fans aren’t as effective when there’s no cool air to blow around, but you’re better off with them than without them. Wet yourself down, sit a spell in front of a small fan, and you’ll cool off remarkably well.

Cross-Breeze
You’re better off keeping your home sealed up if you want to keep the worst of the daylight sun out of your home. But when the sun goes down, open up your doors and windows to promote a cross-breeze. Exercise caution, of course, when it comes to security concerns. And make sure you have tight screens on all windows to prevent bugs and other critters from taking shelter in your house.

Drink Often
If you get drunk enough, you won’t care how hot it is. Just kidding! No, the order of the day is water, and you’ll need to drink early and often if you want to keep dehydration at bay. This is why it’s so important to keep a large clean water supply. Don’t let yourself get in a situation where you have to choose between thirst and extending your supply another day.

Blackout Curtains
When the temperatures are rising, you want to do everything you can to keep the hot air from invading your home. Make some heat-blocking curtains to make sure the sun stays on the right side of your walls. In fact, even if you aren’t preparing for a life without air conditioning, these curtains can make your home cooler and slash your monthly electric bill.