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Heatwave Helpers

These accessories can keep you cool when everything else is melting down


With much of the world experiencing a heatwave in the last couple of weeks, I figured it was time to round up some great products from DoneGood approved brands that can keep you cool as we all wait out this summer together.

To those mythical creatures that actually enjoy the sun in their face and sweat down their back, move along- this post isn’t for you.

For everyone who’s still with me, let’s get down to the vital pieces of gear you’re going to need if you hope to survive this coming August in relative comfort.

An Insulated Water Bottle

This is a definite must have. I don’t want to see you out there wilting like flowers in the heat because you didn’t bring your water bottle. Staying hydrated is so important, especially during hot weather, and a double walled, vacuum insulated bottle like the one from Seek Dry Goods will keep things ice cold for hours on end.

If you want something a little more flavorful, try the double wall glass bottle with infuser from Life Without Plastic. You can put some tea leaves in the infuser for a nice iced tea, or just fill it up with berries, lemon, or cucumber for a subtly flavored, super refreshing drink on the go.


A Hat

No, you haven’t wandered into the “wintertime essentials” list. A lightweight, wide brimmed hat is the perfect accessory to keep the sun off your face, neck, and shoulders in the summer months.

Global Gifts stocks a wide variety of such hats that are handwoven from sustainable palm fiber by Mexican artisans. They’re great for sitting on the beach, working in the garden, lounging by the pool, or really anywhere your summer adventures take you!

Patagonia also has a great selection of wide brim hats that are foldable, packable, washable, and a bit less traditional, if you want to go for a different look.


Some Shades

Ok, if you’re not going to wear a hat, then the least you can do is put on a pair of sunglasses.

Brands like Norton Point, Sunski, and Panda have a ton of great options that will keep you from squinting into the sun at the annual softball game.

They may not keep you any cooler per se, but they will protect your eyes from sun damage and keep you a lot more comfortable during the day!


A Tank Top or Two

I have a little motto I like to live by- 80 degrees, too hot for sleeves.

Ditch those pesky little fabric tubes with easy breezy tank tops from great brands like MATTER, PACT Apparel, Known Supply, Yogavated Athletics, and many more. 

If you’ve followed my advice so far and are rocking a nice wide brim hat, you won’t even need to worry about your shoulders catching too much sun.

As for the rest of your body? Keep reading.


Shorts, of Course

What are pants if not sleeves of the leg? If you’ve already banished them from your upper body, why permit them down below? 

You don’t have to put up with that. Toad&Co, ABLE, Pistol Lake, and Majamas Earth all have some great options that let you feel the breeze on your shins.



Yes, you need it. No, it doesn’t have to feel like you fell into a vat of grease.

Sunscreen technology has really advanced since the days when your mom used to hold you down and gloop it onto your writhing, protesting form.

Nowadays, there are plenty of natural, effective sunscreens that feel great on the skin- or better yet, feel like nothing at all. With brands like Babo Botanicals, Beauty By Earth, and bu cranking out great formulations, you really have no excuse. Wear your sunscreen!


Stay Cool Bed Sheets

As anyone who’s ever spent a sweaty night tossing and turning can tell you, it’s absolutely imperative to stay cool at night if you want to survive the summer months. That’s where some stay cool bed sheets can really come in handy.

Eucalypso uses a super high-tech, possibly magical fabric that’s not only super sustainable, soft, and luxurious, but also naturally regulate your temperature as you sleep. 

If you do still sweat, don’t sweat it- Eucalypso sheets absorb moisture 70% better than cotton and stay breathable, letting moisture evaporate and cooling you off faster.


Kayla Robbins
DoneGood Contributor

A freelance writer working with bighearted businesses who want to better our world.



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