When the sun is out and the rain clouds are far away we all get excited. Warm weather is perfect for spending time relaxing and, with the long days, there is no better time to make the most of your surroundings.
However, it is sometimes difficult to stay cool. Our blog this week looks at static caravans and what you can do to stay cool in the summer months.
1. Air Conditioning Units
Even though these systems are not always commonplace in static caravans, an air conditioning unit can be a lifesaver in hot weather. These are typically portable and use either ice or cold water as a coolant. In most cases, they are affordable and definitely a worthwhile investment when it comes to keeping cool.
You could also look into buying a desk or tower fan. Prices for these vary as do quality, but there are plenty of places to buy them.
2. Improving the Flow of Air
For those who can’t afford an air conditioning unit, don’t worry as there are other things you can do! It may seem like an obvious thing to do, but ensuring that there is an airflow in your caravan will make it a far more comfortable place to relax in. Whether that’s by opening the windows or securing the door to a latch and leaving it open, it will help to cool you down.
If you’re worried about insects like wasps coming in, then invest in some screens for the windows. Some caravans will already have these installed, which will save you money.
3. Swap Out Your Bedding
There is nothing worse than feeling too hot and being unable to sleep. If you get too hot, the easiest thing to do is to remove your duvet and replace it with a light sheet. This will help to keep you cool and also give you something to wrap yourself in to feel comfortable.
Sometimes people place their sheets into the fridge in a plastic bag to bring the temperature of them down. When it’s hot outside, there’s no better way to cool down.
4. Cook Outside
Food and cooking are always a concern when it’s hot. None of us ever feel like cooking and it is often too hot to put something in the oven. A good solution is to cook outside, as long as you are able and permitted to do this on your site. Swap out the frozen chips for a BBQ and enjoy the weather with your friends and family.
5. Take Care of Pets
As well as looking after yourselves. It is important to make sure that your pets are calm, cool and happy. After all, spending all day in a fur coat can’t be that comfortable. Keeping them trapped in a hot caravan isn’t healthy, so you need to think of alternatives for their health.
Placing a cool bowl of fresh water in a shaded location for them to access is great. This gives them a constant supply of hydration, making it easier for them to cool down. Exercise is always important but try to walk pets at a time of day where it is cooler. A dog’s pads can burn on tarmac, leaving them in pain. However, if it is too hot for a long walk try to spend time with them playing games to keep them occupied.
You can find out more about how to keep dogs and cats cool on the Blue Cross website.