If you’re planning on scratching that travel itch this summer, you may wind up in a hotel room that either doesn’t have air conditioning yet or has an air conditioning unit that’s on the fritz. And since you can’t really do anything about repairing the air conditioning unit yourself, the best you can do is find a way to keep yourself comfortable while you’re there.
To help you see how this can be done, here are three ways to stay cool in a hotel room with no air conditioning.
Make Sure You’re Staying Hydrated
When you get too hot, it’s easy to let that heat go to your head and stop thinking clearly about things. But one thing you’ll always want to keep as a top priority when you’re hot, especially if you’ve been sweating, is staying hydrated.
According to Bustle.com, when you’re able to keep yourself hydrated in the heat, you’ll be better able to regulate your body temperature, which means allowing your body to help keep you cooler rather than continually heating up more and more. Additionally, if you’re drinking cold water, you’ll be able to feel the relief of that cool glass in your hand and that cold water as you take sip after sip to cool you off.
Keep The Curtains Closed
Luckily, most hotel rooms have blackout curtains that make it easy to keep any unwanted sunlight from peeking through the windows. And while this feature can be great when you’re trying to take a nap mid-day or sleep in after a big night out, they can also be wonderful for keeping the heat of the sun out when your air conditioner isn’t working.
If you can handle it, Alan Henry, a contributor to LifeHacker.com, recommends keeping the blinds of your hotel room closed all day to keep that sun from heating up your room any more than it already is. This can single-handedly help to keep your room much cooler than if you have the blinds open all day long.
Visit The Ice Machine
If you’ve never really taken advantage of the ice machine at a hotel before, now is the time to do it. Since most hotels have an ice machine on almost every floor, it should be easy enough for you to fill up your room’s ice bucket with ice and then take it back to your room. Then, Ryan Reed, a contributor to HGTV.com, shares that you can use that ice to turn a fan into your own personal air conditioner. You can also put ice on strategic places on your body to help cool you down, like your wrists and armpits.
If you ever find yourself stuck in a hotel room that doesn’t have an air conditioner, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you find a few ways to stay cool.