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Summer Life Hacks You Can Actually Use


imagesIt’s almost that time again. To paraphrase Game of Thrones: brace yourselves, summer is coming. Don’t get me wrong, I find summer preferable to winter (hence the move from the Midwestern tundra to climate-stable Southern California) but it certainly comes with its own set of challenges. This is the time of year when publications start offering their helpful tips for the “Best Ever Summer!” You know, tips like “How to turn your old t-shirt into a super cute beach bag!” or “Your bikini body in 15 minutes a day! (provided you’re starting out with the base body of Mila Kunis).” I like tips and tricks as much as the next person but how about some with more practical applications? Without further ado…

1. Trick Yourself into Thinking You’ve Had a Great Vacation, Even Though You’re an Adult and Stuck at Work All Summer

There are lots of great things about being a grown up. You get to vote, buy alcohol, stay out as late as you want and you don’t have to suffer through algebra class. However, there are plenty of not so great things about being an adult, too. You have to pay bills, you don’t get nearly as many naps and (for most of us) summer vacation is a thing of the past. However, the desire for some summer fun still remains. So how do you make that happen as a grown up? You can start by printing (or pinning, or instagramming, or whatever) pictures of gorgeous, exotic locations. It will give you something pretty to look at and something to aspire to.

You can add to your fantasy vacation experience by purchasing souvenirs off of the internet. Pretty much every place has an online gift shop these days (even the LA Coroner’s Office).

And if that doesn’t cure your wanderlust? There’s always weekend trips. Hop in your car and drive away…you’ll come back with a story to tell, even if it doesn’t involve drinking out of a coconut.

2. Having Fun at the Beach Despite the Crowds

Summer is all about the beach right? Fun in the sun? Getting away from it all? Except for the fact that it’s everyone else’s plan, too. Beaches in the summer tend to be crowded, loud, and not especially relaxing. So how can you combat that? Well, meditation is a good place to start. Centering yourself can help you block out those little annoyances. Also be sure to arm yourself with a good book and big sunglasses. You’ll look cool and you’ll learn something.

If you’re truly desperate, I will give you a tip, one that has been used by college students throughout the ages: Jack and Coke, concealed in a travel mug. Assign a driver and enjoy.

3. Surviving the Summer Blockbuster Season

It seems like there are only two seasons for movies: Oscar season and blockbuster season and, sadly, we’re a long way from Oscar season. So what are you to do if you’re looking for some summer entertainment but aren’t in the mood for Fast and Furious part 6? Well, you can always check out your local vintage movie theatre to see if they’re showing any gems. No vintage theatre? Netflix streaming to the rescue! West Wing, The Office, new episodes of Arrested Development….there’s your summer, right there. You could also check out your local library for inspiration.  Books make for a great escape, and you can take them to the beach.

4. Dealing with Those Hot Summer Nights

Oh, those summer nights.  They’re so sexy and sultry…and sticky and kind of messy. It’s hard to feel pretty when the humidity is 110% and your hair is sticking to the back of your neck like wet fabric.  I’m afraid I don’t have any tips about how to change the weather, but I can recommend some ways to stay fresh. Keep a travel size bottle of powder in your bag (or car or whatever).  Sprinkle some on when you’re feeling sticky. It’s not a nice cold shower, but it will do in a pinch.

For those nights when the heat is oppressive and sleep feels like it will never come, try sleeping with an ice pack. Wrap it in a towel to minimize dripping and place it on the back of your neck (or your tummy or wherever).  The temporary relief should allow you to get some much needed rest.



Elisabeth Fitzgerald

About the author: Elisabeth Fitzgerald

Elisabeth Fitzgerald is a Chicago born, Los Angeles based writer. In addition to writing fiction and non-fiction, she also works in the entertainment industry. When not holed up with a pen in her hand or a script at her side, she enjoys Tejano music, vintage clothing and tricking herself into exercising with yoga. Her dislikes catalog a number of prominent ZEROS.

Elisabeth has written 63 articles for us.

One Response to “Summer Life Hacks You Can Actually Use”

  1. May 30, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Wow great article. So informative and interesting. Ice packs, Netflix and fake souvenirs. Truly thrilling stuff. Clearly not written by a California native. Thank god.

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