This $26 cooling neck wrap tops my list of summer must-haves

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The Buff Original Multifunctional Headwear/Neck Wrap is a must-have for keeping cool this summer.
The Buff Original Multifunctional Headwear and Neck Wrap is must-have for keeping cool this summer.

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When it comes to dealing with the heat and humidity of summer, I'm all for any tips and tricks to stay cool outdoors.

While I've tried using the latest gadgets like a portable neck fan, I've found that a simple cooling neck wrap actually worked the best to beat the heat. On my last vacation to Disney World, one of my daily must-haves to keep cool in the parks was the Buff Original Multifunctional Headwear.

This thin and lightweight fabric strip was one of the easiest ways to stay cool, and right now it's on sale on Amazon Canada.

Buff Original Multifunctional Headwear

Buff Original Ecostretch Ultra.
Buff Original Multifunctional Headwear. Image via Amazon

$26 $34 at Amazon

The details

While my preferred way to stay cool using the Buff Original Ecostretch Ultra is to wet it and simple drape it over the back of my neck, this versatile tube of fabric can be worn more than 12 different ways. Whether you choose to wear it as a headband, a neckerchief, or as a beanie, it's well worth having on hand for scorching hot days.

Since it's made using moisture-wicking and quick-drying fabric, it's perfect for outdoor activities like hiking or running — or if you're like me, spending a full day at a theme park in the Florida heat. As an added bonus, it also has a UPF 50+ sun protection to block the sun's harmful rays.

Using my Buff neck wrap to stay cool in the Florida heat.
Using my Buff neck wrap to stay cool in the Florida heat.

Since this Buff wrap is essentially just a tube of fabric, one way that I enhanced its cooling abilities was by filling it with ice cubes and tying a knot at each end to keep it in place.

If you don't happen to have any ice cubes on hand, I'd recommend keeping some cold water on hand to refresh the fabric and give it an added cooling boost every hour or so.

What others are saying

Backed by a 4.6-star rating from more than 1,800 customer reviews, the Buff Original Multifunctional Headwear has been winning over Amazon shoppers.

Reviewers have said that it's "very versatile" as it can be used to keep sweat from your eyes while working out, to keep ears warm when the temperature starts to drop, or even as a hair covering to protect curls while you sleep.

The Buff Original Ecostretch Ultra can be worn in many different ways. Image via Amazon.
The Buff Original Ecostretch Ultra can be worn in many different ways. Image via Amazon.

One reviewer shared that the material is "extremely soft, light weight and breathable," which makes this purchase "well worth the money."

Another reviewer added that they "won't go outside without this," since it can be used year-round as a way to protect yourself from the elements outdoors.

Some reviewers were surprised to find that this Buff wrap was a lightweight version, as the brand makes similar products in different weights and fabrics. If you're hoping for a neck gaiter that provides more warmth, then you'll want to skip out on this version — however, if you're looking to stay cool and protect yourself from the heat, then you'll want to add this to cart.

Verdict

As someone who doesn't tolerate the heat very well, I've come to accept that having an assortment of gadgets on hand to beat the heat is essential for surviving summer. After using a Buff Original Multifunctional Headwear, I can safely say that it's earned a permanent place in my collection of summer must-haves.

Not only is it lightweight and compact enough to throw into any bag, it's also a versatile piece of clothing that can be worn year-round. It's an affordable way to stay cool that doesn't require any electricity or battery power, and one that I would totally recommend for anyone else who is looking to beat the heat.

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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