Why I will always, always prefer staying indoors during summer.

Thanks to our brand partner, Dyson

Yes, it’s true. I prefer staying indoors during summer.

While some might call me crazy, the word ‘smart’ feels more appropriate.

While everyone else is lying on the beach, you’ll find me lying on the couch. In my underwear. With a cold flannel on my neck.

I know I’m not the only one who doesn’t enjoy the feeling of sweat droplets running down the back of my legs or having to reapply sandy sunscreen to my pale limbs every 30 minutes.

I'm getting sweaty just thinking about it. Image: Getty.

There are others out there like me, struggling to keep cool while everyone else is out and about. Which is precisely why staying indoors during summer is so enjoyable.

Trust me. After years of spending December through February indoors, or at the very least, under the protection of an outdoor shade, I know my stuff. Still don't believe me? Allow me to explain the reasons why.

1. Sun protection

It's pretty simple. Staying indoors is the most effective method of sun protection on the market. It's easy, free (well, accept for the rent/mortgage), and there's no need to reapply (well, accept when your lease runs out). Details.

But on a serious note, enjoying a day in the sun safely is a full-scale operation if you've got fair skin like mine. You need sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, a rash top, a kaftan, and a sunshade, which you'll need to rotate as the sun moves throughout the day.

Just stay inside. It's easier.

2. Fans

Two words: Temperature control.

Let's face it, you can't control how hot the sun's rays are on your back. But you sure can control the temperature inside your house.

When you stay inside as often as I do, you need a a fan you can rely on - the only thing worse than being outside during summer is being inside without the means to stay cool. If you're an indoor person like I am, the Dyson Pure Hot + Cool Link is a good choice.


The innovative air purifier is a real overachiever - while it's keeping you cool, it's also automatically capturing 99.95 percent of potentially harmful pollutant particles, and keeps them trapped¹. And on those rare occasions you do have to venture out of the house, you can use the Dyson Link app to set your Dyson remotely to greet you with a gust of cool air upon your return.

It's also a heater, which means when it's time to stay indoors during cooler weather, you're covered.


When you love your Dyson more than an entire season. Image: Supplied.

3. Cold flannels

Call me old fashioned, but there is nothing - I repeat, nothing - better than a fresh, cold flannel on a scorching summer's day. But maintaining this level of comfort requires work.

Logistically, it's just not possible to enjoy the benefits of a cold flannel in the outdoors. Too many variables and limited access to running water as just two of the factors to consider. Inside, however, you have everything you need to ensure your flannel never warms to room temperature. Winning.

4. No. Bugs.

While everyone else is off enjoying their balmy evenings, you will be laughing. Why? Mosquitos.

Mosquitos and I have been battling each other for approximately 25 years, and after a quarter of a century on the front line, I can say with confidence staying indoors is the best line of defence against them.

5. Ice blocks

Ice blocks. Frozen, yummy ice blocks. That is all.

Suddenly, staying inside during summer seems like a pretty good idea, doesn't it?

This content was created with thanks to our brand partner Dyson

¹Particle capture tested to EN1822. Gaseous capture tested to JEM 1467 (acetic acid, acetaldehyde, ammonia) and GB/T18801 (formaldehyde, benzene) and DTM-003282 (NO2). Gaseous capture rates vary.