5 on the fly: unconventional ways to prep for a sizzling summer

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by Sarah Halfpenny

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, warmer and drier conditions are on their way for many parts of Australia. Safety is always a priority, but there’s no harm in adding a sense of fun, adventure and comfort into the long, hot days ahead.

  1. Sundown strolls

For a break from your regular fitness routine, consider night-time walks. As the sun dips below the horizon, the temperature becomes perfect for a unique exploration of your local area. You might spot nocturnal wildlife, observe star constellations, and create unforgettable memories under the moonlight, while avoiding heatstroke.

  1. Hike and dip

Instead of the usual crowded beaches, explore nature’s secret pools and waterfalls by taking a hiking adventure that leads you to hidden swimming spots. Be sure to pack a backpack with snacks, sunscreen, a hat and a good book.

  1. Stargazing parties

Host a stargazing party with friends and family. Lay out blankets, bring out your telescope or binoculars, and marvel at the wonders of the cosmos. Bonus points for spotting shooting stars.

  1. Frozen fruit pops with a twist

Revamp your hydration routine by crafting your own fruit freeze pops. Blend your choice of fruits with coconut water or natural yogurt, or try tonic water and vodka for a special adults-only version, and pour them into icy pole moulds or ice cube trays. Add a hint of mint, ginger, or basil for the most refreshing and exotic summer treat you’ll ever taste.

  1. Cooling pillows

Hot summer nights can be uncomfortable, but investing in cooling pillows can help you get your beauty sleep and dream away the heat. Made with temperature-regulating fabric and cooling gels, they’ll keep your head cool and ensure you wake up refreshed.

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