All caravans on our parks are equipped with top-of-the-range appliances and equipment, and one of the most useful is the freezer. The freezer is an unsung hero for the most part, despite its role in storing leftovers, stockpiling bread and milk, and harbouring ready meals for when you just cannot be bothered (we all deserve a night off!).
However, the idea of your freezer being your saviour in the sweltering summer heat might conjure images of you emptying it all out and crawling in for a brief respite, but you needn’t consider anything so drastic.
Read on to see a few simple ways your freezer can make your life that much easier, and your summer that much more pleasant.
Do Refreshments Right
To keep hydrated and refreshed, you’ll want to drink plenty of water. Tap, bottled, sparkling or still; whatever your preference, it will taste far better cold when it’s hot outside. So, be prepared at all times and keep half or three-quarter-filled bottles of water in the freezer.
When you grab them on the run, they will defrost slowly, leaving you with ice cold sips to enjoy for far longer than the average drink with ice cubes. If you want to mix it up, you can try freezing squash or infused water.
As wonderful as ice cold H2O can be though, sometimes you might want something with a little more flavour. Iced coffee, iced tea, squash and fruit juice works a treat in the summer, but adding ice to them can leave you with half-melted ice cubes and watered-down drinks. There is a trick though!
Prepare some of your drink of choice in advance, pour it into ice cube trays, and pop it in the freezer. After a few hours (by the time you’re ready to quench your thirst), you’ll be left with flavoured ice cubes that will add taste, rather than dilute your drink as they melt. Genius!
Create Cooling Sensations
Nobody wants, or expects, to be sunburnt. We lather on the SPF, sit in the shade, and are sensible about the sun all summer long. Yet, for some of us, sunburn is inevitable.
It could be that you drifted off whilst sprawled on the beach, or perhaps you missed a spot with the sun cream; you might not have noticed that your right arm was being braised through the window as you drove everyone around for a day trip. Whatever the case, you’ll be left with a painful, uncomfortable and unpleasant sensation. But what can you do, other than coat yourself in after sun?
How about freezing Aloe Vera? By popping Aloe Vera in an ice cube tray and freezing it, you will have a soothing remedy that will not only cool the skin after a hot day in the sun, but will also help to ease the sunburn and associated effects (blisters, peeling, tight skin) if you are unlucky enough to suffer.
If keeping cool is more of a concern for you than treating sunburnt skin, you can use something as simple as a flannel to help. A cold compress, comprised of a flannel soaked with cold water, will efficiently cool down your entire body if applied directly to pulse points (ankles, wrists, inside of elbows, knees and temples). For an extra-cold, extra-quick compress, pop the wet flannel in the freezer for a few minutes.
Of course, there are other ways you can utilise your freezer when the temperature rises. Perhaps you will hoard ice lollies in every flavour, for a quick and refreshing fix. You might even consider stocking up on barbeque goodies, ready to treat your friends and neighbours on the holiday park.
Whatever you do, keep cool this summer, and be safe as you make the most of the weather.