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There’s just something special about summer. Even without a three-month break from work allowing us to be out and about until dinnertime every day like we did as kids, the warm weather still draws us outdoors every free moment — until the temperature spikes to near or above triple digits.

When the heat is on, it can be hard to keep your cool; however, you can feel relief in no time by following the tips and tricks below.

Your Environment

• Air things out. If you feel safe enough to sleep with the windows open, then let the night air cool things down. Come morning, shut the windows to keep the hot air out.

• Rearrange the room. When you move into a new apartment, make sure nothing is blocking the vents or registers that would prevent the air-conditioned air from circulating.

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• Get fan-atic. Even if your housing has A/C, a ceiling fan or one on a base will distribute the chilled air, making things a bit more comfortable.

• Shut it down. Turn off appliances when not in use. Electronics like computers and printers generate heat that can warm your living space even in sleep mode. Avoid cranking up the oven, too. Instead, stick to the stovetop or microwave (or, even better, fire up your outdoor grill to cook dinner).

Yourself

• Check the clock. Avoid heavy duty exercising during the hottest time of the day, which is usually between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. Instead, get moving early in the morning or wait until evening. On days when the temperature peaks at 100, or when the humidity is overbearing, it’s okay to skip your daily jog.

• Mist away. Keep a spray bottle of water in the fridge. Spritz away the heat while enjoying the sunshine or right after you come inside.

• Layer on the cool. Pop your body lotions in the refrigerator for a bit before using. This will feel particularly refreshing on hot, tired feet.

• Pass on the caffeine and alcohol. These types of beverages will dehydrate you rather than offer relief. Instead, sip on some ice water with a squeeze of lemon to quench your thirst. (In fact, research from Ohio State University shows that the citrus scent can even improve your mood.)

With this cool-down know-how on your side, you can still have fun in the sun!

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Anne Baye Ericksen is a professional writer who has contributed to Healthcare Traveler since 1996. She resides with her family in Simi Valley, Calif.

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Ceramic pots are heavy and hard to transport

When you’re moving into new digs every few months, it’s important to make the place feel like home. Few things bring a generic apartment to life more than houseplants: ferns, cacti, blooms, and greenery breathe freshness into your surroundings — literally.

But carting plants from location to location can take a toll on them. Even the most hardy species fall victim to travel overload.

Before you ditch the real thing for silk or plastic impersonators, check out these simple packing and transportation tips to keep your plants alive and well from one assignment to the next.

• Use plastic pots

You may prefer the rustic look of ceramic pots over the more nondescript plastic ones, but they’re heavy and hard to heft in and out of your car. What plastic pots lack in artistic value, they make up for in portability.

Lighten your load with plastic pots

• Examine for bugs & mildew

A few days before you depart, assess your houseplants for bugs, mildew, and diseases. There are several reliable websites out there to help you return your plants to health (try Guide to Houseplants).

This is important because some states have strict regulations about what you can and cannot bring across their borders. California and Florida, for example, both have restrictions. For specifics, check out the state’s department of agriculture website.

• Prune, but don’t overwater

Trimming actually promotes growth in most plants, but it also prepares them for transport. Not only are they more compact, taking up less room, but you can remove fragile pieces.

Be sure to give your plants a good watering a day or so before the trip, too, but easy does it. If you overwater, they could grow fungus in warm weather or freeze in frigid temps.

• Take extra precautions

If you want to protect flowers or branches from breakage en route, cover your plants with a large bag. Prevent them from sliding around in the car by placing nonskid material on pots, or contain them in open boxes. Never pack live plants in the trunk because carbon monoxide can build up in it, which can be fatal to the greenery.

If you follow these guidelines, you’ll be able to keep the feeling of “home” alive wherever you go.

Anne Baye Ericksen is a professional writer who has contributed to Healthcare Traveler since 1996. She resides with her family in Simi Valley, Calif.

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