By the time the “dog days” of summer roll around, you probably want nothing more than to jump headfirst into a cold pool. But… what to do if you don’t have one, or don’t have access to one? There are plenty of ways to get wet and stay cooled off that don’t require a pool. Check out our roundup of some of the best ways to stay cool in the heat of summer without a pool – you’ll feel cooler just thinking about these ideas! And if you’re lucky enough to have one, check out our can’t-miss post on pool hacks.

13 Best Ways to Stay Cool When You Don't Have a Pool

Make a Sponge Lei

Don’t sweat the summer away! Stay nice and cool with this easy DIY sponge lei. Simply cut up a sponge, run some string through it, and wet it as needed to wear around your neck and keep you cool. Genius!

summer sponge lei

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Make Slurpies

Slurpies, slushies… call them what you like, but summer just isn’t summer without a fruity, icy slurpie. Here are 5 homemade slurpees to try when the heat starts to rise.

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Make Sponge Water Bombs

These sponge water bombs are colorful, hold tons of water and just scream summer. Make a good handful and toss them around with the kiddos, or just use it to cool yourself off while hanging out outside.

Sponge Water Bombs

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Fruit-Infused Water

We all know that staying hydrated in summer is absolutely imperative, but if you get bored at the thought of plain old water, give fruit water a try. You can really create any recipe you like – anything that sounds good, throw in a water bottle and go! The longer the fruit soaks, the more infused your water will taste. You could even freeze some in a water bottle and let it thaw as you go throughout your day.

Fruit Water

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Make Your Own Splashpad

The perfect solution for your little ones, or even you and your big ones that you don’t want to get covered in grass, this homemade splash pad is a breeze to set up, and just as easy to clean up when you’re done!

Splash Pad

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DIY Sprinkler From a Pool Noodle

This idea is about as easy as it gets, and has a huge wow factor. Your kid will love it, and you can enjoy a cool sprinkling of fresh water anytime by just jumping through it or turning it in your direction.

Pool Noodle Sprinkler

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Summer Inspired Popsicles

There are TONS of ideas for popsicles out there that just SCREAM summer! Give these a try – the combination of tart lemonade and sweet berries is the perfect summer treat, and the look as refreshing as they taste!

Summer Popsicles

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Make a Water Balloon Pinata

With just a few water balloons and some heavy-duty string, you can have a super fun piñata set up in no time. Take turns swinging at it like you would a traditional piñata, and enjoy the cool, refreshing “prize” inside when you break it!

Water Balloon Pinata

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Homemade Ice Pack

Make your own homemade slushy ice pack to carry with you on hot days. When needed, pull it out and place it around the back of your neck, or even just hold it for awhile! You can make different sizes with different size Ziploc-style bags (snack, sandwich, quart, gallon, etc.). When it melts, just throw it back in the freezer and it’s ready to use again in a few hours.

Homemade Ice Pack

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Spritz an All-Natural Mist

You can make your own all-natural mists by filling an empty spray bottle with water and your favorite essential oils or herbs. Just mist it on and feel refreshed in an instant!

All-Natural Mists

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Ice Paint

Let your creativity shine with ice paints! These are easy to make, easy to use, and will most definitely keep you cool. And you may even end up with a work of art you love!


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Sew a Reversible Sun Hat

One of the best ways to keep the heat at bay is to have a summer hat. Make your own with this reversible, floppy sun hat pattern. The perfect addition to your summer wardrobe!

Reversible Sun Hat

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Fruit Infused Water Bottle Ice Cubes

What better way to stay hydrated and cooled off in the heat than with fruit infused ice cubes, right in your water bottle? Use a water bottle ice cube tray, fill with fruit and water, then freeze. Slip them cubes easily into your water bottle after they’ve frozen and you’re ready to go!

Fruit Infused Water Bottle Ice Cubes

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13 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer


As you can see, you don’t have to have a pool to get (and stay) cooled off this summer. Which one of these ideas looks the most fun to you?