A heat wave hit Rexburg this week. On June 3, the recorded high was 78 degrees according to wunderground.com. In Rexburg, the average high temperatures in July is 83 degrees according to usclimatedata.com. With the heat approaching, here are ways to stay cool this summer.

  • Drink lots of water. Natalie Nielson, a sophomore majoring in general studies, says drinking water is essential to staying cool. Stay hydrated in the heat.
  • Take a cold shower. Showering in cold water brings down body temperature. Take a cold shower at the end of a sweat-filled day.
  • Stay where it’s cool. Sariah Colwell a freshman studying exercise physiology, says she stays inside with the air conditioning. You could also try hiking to a lake and taking a plunge afterward.
  • Wear light clothes. Colwell says she wears short sleeves and shorts all summer.
  • Essential oils. Sarah Campbell, a freshman studying photography, says she puts peppermint oil behind her ears or on her forehead to cool her down. She also says Vick’s vapor rub helps.
  • Frozen treats. Eating frozen Go-Gurt helps Joanna Barnum, a senior studying child development, cool down. Ice cream, popsicles and frozen grapes also help.
  • Keep the lights and appliances off. Preheating ovens and sun shining through the windows heat up a house fast. Make sure to turn off the appliances to turn down the heat.
  • Go swimming. Find a list of lakes, rivers and other places to swim at http://www.therexburgconnection.com/swimming1.html. Popular places include Ririe Reservoir, Monkey Rock and Rexburg Rapids.
  • Create a cold compress. “Fill a sock with rice, tie it off, and stick it in the freezer for an hour or so,” according to greatist.com. This will stay cold for up to 30 minutes.

Whether you choose to spend the summer in the air conditioning or spend it swimming, stay hydrated and safe and enjoy the summer.