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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

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Summertime heat can be tough to handle, but it isn’t impossible to beat. Enduring the summer heat in a dorm room can be a rough experience, especially if it’s your first time. Some dorm dwellers are lucky enough to have ACs in their dormitories, and if that isn’t you, you will have to figure out how to deal with it. If you’re already used to dealing with intense heat in your home, this will be a lot easier for you. If you’ve grown up in a home that was always kept super cool during the summer, and getting into your house was always a relief from the outside heat, this is going to be a bit of a struggle. 

Either way, living in a warm house is much different than living in a warm dormitory. So it takes different skills to deal with each situation. Living in a hot dorm filled with people doesn’t have to be complete torture. It is something that you can more comfortably survive when you know the right methods. You can always get some tips from the people who have been living there longer to find out how they handle it!

Whether you end up in a dorm room with AC or one without depends on the school you attend. If you’re housed in a newer building, it’s a lot more likely that you will have AC. But if you are housed in an older building, odds are, you won’t have AC. Once you’ve figured out that you will be living without AC throughout the warm months, there’s no need to panic, we can help you figure it out. Here are some things you can do to make sure you survive the heat in the dorms!

Take Mild Showers

The right temperature in the shower can make you feel best. 

Someone putting their hand underneath a running shower head.
Make sure that the temperature is just right. Image courtesy of Wellness Workdays

You might assume that taking cold showers is beneficial for keeping cool when it's hot, but it’s actually not as great as you might think. Taking freezing cold showers will probably feel tempting when you feel like you’re being roasted in your dorm room, but avoiding the urge can actually prove to be a lot more beneficial. That feeling of being doused in a flood of freezing cold water after just escaping the scorching sun can feel hard to let go of, but it will only keep you cooler in the long run. 

Even though it sounds counter productive to avoid taking cold showers when it's hot, there is a really sensible reason for it. When your body experiences extreme temperatures, it will help to regulate itself to maintain a more comfortable temperature. So when you take a really cold shower, your body will generate a lot more heat to compensate when you get out. That means that the relief will only last for as long as your cold shower lasts. 

Once you get out, you can end up feeling even warmer than before you got in. You of course wouldn’t want to take a hot shower instead, but just make sure not to use water that is too cold. Taking lukewarm water is the best choice when it comes to taking showers in the heat. Lukewarm water won’t give you a surge of ice cold relief, but it will certainly be best for you. Dealing with feeling hotter after your shower isn’t too worth it just to be cool temporarily. 

Keep A Fan Running to Beat the Heat 

A fan will improve air circulation.

Using a fan is one of the easiest ways to keep cool. A fan will move the air around, making it feel cooler than just the hot air when it's still. It can feel like a huge relief just to even sit down in front of a fan. Placement also matters. You can gain a lot more benefit from a fan that is placed in just the right spot. One great spot is right in front of the window. That way, you can get the cooler air that could be coming in from outside. Sometimes the air inside can feel even more suffocating than it is on the outside, especially when it's nighttime and much cooler. 

Another good choice is to have multiple fans in your dorm room. That way, the air flow in your room will feel even better. Sometimes you can even manage to get a bit chilly at night with this kind of set up. You can keep a fan on either end of the room, or you can have one blowing on you while you sleep. You can even have a small lamp on your desk so you can use a personal fan while you’re getting work done. A fan isn’t as good as an AC, but if used well, they can be a little bit close!

Keep the Windows Open

Open windows will let fresh air in.

When you’re trying to ward off the heat, you will need to have access to outside air. If you’re thinking of keeping your windows closed to keep the heat out, don’t do it. It is not a very good idea. If you don’t let in fresh air, your room will just feel suffocated with old, hot air all the time. It won’t be a pleasant place to come back to when you’re done with your classes for the day. Keep the windows about as wide open as you can get them all throughout the day. 

This is also best to do when you have a fan. Since a fan doesn’t make cool air on its own, having it take air from the outside raises your chances of getting cooler air blown into your room. This is especially the case at night, where in most places, the air gets naturally cooler. 

Drink Water

Water is the best thing to drink in the heat. 

A guy sweating outside while chugging a bottle of water.
A bottle of water can be such a relief to drink. Image courtesy of CNBC

When you’re feeling hot, you end up feeling thirsty a lot more than you do when you feel cooler, but the type of drink you gravitate towards in those moments could be a problem. Many people like to reach for a cold coffee, juice, or soda when they feel thirsty, but these drinks won’t help you stay cool in the heat. All the sugar in those beverages can just cause you to become dehydrated. And hydration is really important when you’re hot and potentially doing a lot of sweating. 

You need to replenish your system, and that is something that you can only do properly by drinking water. Water is really the best form of hydration. It is refreshing and lacks any ingredients that could make it harmful to your body in the heat. Water can only be a benefit. So make sure you keep it around. Drink it in your dorm room throughout the day and make sure to carry some with you as you run around in the heat. 

Eat Foods that Hydrate

Food is one way to stay hydrated. 

What you take into your body can affect how you feel on the outside. When you’re fighting daily heat, it is important to be mindful of how you eat. You might not have realized before that foods can affect whether or not you feel cool, but it's good to start paying attention to what those foods are now while you’re living in a hot dorm room. 

What you need are foods that are high in water content. Those foods are mostly fruits. Some fruits have higher water contents than others, but they overall have a higher water content than most foods in general. Another great option is vegetables. If fruits and vegetables don’t already play a big part in your diet, it’s about time to start eating them. There are already so many benefits to eating fruits and vegetables. Feeling hydrated and therefore cooler when you eat them is just another great plus. 

Keep Your Door Open

The hallway air can be helpful. 

Being in a confined space in the heat can make you feel even hotter. If an open window doesn’t feel like enough for you, go ahead and keep your door open sometimes. There is a chance that it is cooler outside in the dorm hallway than it is in your bedroom. If that’s the case, having your door stay open from time to time can only benefit you. It has the benefit of providing your room with better air circulation, and it can cause you to be more social. 

Keeping your dorm room door open can signal to people that you’re open to interaction. You can feel as if you’re a part of all the action happening in the hallway when you can see it. You might be tempted to talk to people walking by which is something that can only earn you more friends. 

Turn off Lights When You Don’t Need Them

Indoor lights can produce heat. 

A dark room with only some dim purple lights on.
This room is set up for coolness and relaxation. Image courtesy of Study Breaks Magazine

Electronic devices like lights and computers can generate heat when they are running. Since they emanate heat, the areas surrounding them can get hotter, making your dorm room slightly hotter overall. Whenever you don’t need the overhead light, turn it off and use smaller sources of light. And when you’re done using certain items, like the microwave, try unplugging it until you need it next. Keeping electronic devices unplugged can certainly help keep your room just a bit cooler throughout the day, and every little bit counts when you’re struggling to keep cool in the hot, AC deprived dorms.

Block Out Sunlight 

Sunlight is nice, but brings more warmth. 

When it’s warmer out, the sunlight is more vibrant and easy to enjoy, but you just might have to avoid it when you’re in a dorm room with no AC. It might be nice to have the bright sunlight fill your dorm room, but that only comes with more heat. Having the sun’s rays coming through your window all day will only make the room grow warmer. 

If you want to avoid that, you might have to block out the sun during the day. At least block out the parts of your window where the sun’s rays hit the hardest. The sun is great to enjoy, but you might have to limit most of your exposure to when you’re outside of the dorms.

You can find room darkening curtains to keep the sunlight out. These curtains can make it look like it's evening in your room even when it's daylight outside. If that’s not necessarily ideal, you can get shorter curtains or just make sure that a bit of light comes in through the bottom of the curtains. When you do this, your room won’t end up feeling like a sauna and you won’t feel like you’re burning up each time you get home from class. 

Use Cooling Bed Sheets

Choose your sheets wisely. 

When fighting the heat, you need to choose your bed sheets wisely. While it's obvious that you should probably stay away from ultra thick blankets in the heat, some fabrics are less noticeably hot than others. Some popular options like cotton may seem fine, but it's actually not the best fabric to have on your bed when you’re trying to stay cool in the oppressive dorm room heat. Fabrics like linen can be best to have on your bed at this time. 

A great option to keep your bed cool is to use synthetic fabrics. They tend to have moisture wicking properties that will help you stay cool while you sleep at night. Moisture wicking fabric is designed to pull moisture from the body so that it can easily evaporate from the sheets. Some great synthetic fabrics for this are rayon, polyester, and nylon. 

Surviving the intense heat in the dorms can feel rough, but there are things you can do to make it a much better experience. There is no reason to be a passive victim to the heat when you can always take action with fruits, fans, and curtains!