The mercury just keeps rising as we creep into the dog days of summer, but that doesn't mean you have to confine yourself to an air-conditioned icebox for the next two months.

That's why we've compiled a list of some of the coolest things to keep you cool and collected even when the humidity and sun don't want to give you a break. Whether you're slathering on the sunscreen and braving the outdoors or you prefer to stay in the safe confines of home, here are some essentials to get you through the rest of this sweltering summer.