12 gadgets under $15 for relief when working in the heat

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Updated Aug 4, 2019


The guidelines for dealing with heat are fairly simple – drink lots of water, take frequent breaks in a cooler area, and wear lightweight, breathable clothing.

But construction workers who want a little extra help with the heat might want to try one of these gadgets that can be found online for less than $15.




OccuNomix Snap-on Hard Hat SweatbandOccuNomix Snap-on Hard Hat Sweatband

Snap-on Hard Hat Sweatband by OccuNomix: The terry cloth sweatband attaches to the hard hat suspension with snaps and is designed to absorb and wick away sweat. Machine washable. Cost: $1.99.



Chill-Its Evaporative Cooling Hard Hat PadChill-Its Evaporative Cooling Hard Hat Pad

Chill-Its 6715 Evaporative Cooling Hard Hat Pad: This evaporative cooling hard hat pad has a hook and loop closure that attaches onto the hard hat suspension. Soak in water 2 to 5 minutes to activate. Company says it remains hydrated for up to four hours. Cost: $2.79.



Occunomix Neck ShadeOccunomix Neck Shade

Neck Shade by OccuNomix: Made of cotton, the neck shade can be worn alone or under a hard hat to protect from the sun. It has a terry cloth sweatband at the forehead. Cost: $3.50.

OccuNomix 934 Miracool PVA Hard Had Pad with ShadeOccuNomix 934 Miracool PVA Hard Had Pad with Shade

OccuNomix 934 Miracool PVA Hard Hat Pad with Shade: The Velcro closure attaches to the hard hat’s suspension. Along with providing shade, it can be soaked in water for additional relief. Machine washable. The company says it is rated at UPF 50+ sunblock. Cost: $7.99.


Ergodyne Chill-Its Hard Hat Brim with ShadeErgodyne Chill-Its Hard Hat Brim with Shade

Chill-Its Hard Hat Brim with Shade by Hi Vis Supply: The elastic inner rim is designed to fit hard hats, and the polyester shade blocks the sun. Cost: $9.35.


ML Koshigo Brisk Cooling Neck ProtectorML Koshigo Brisk Cooling Neck Protector

ML Koshigo Brisk Cooling Neck Protector by Hi Vis Supply: The protector attaches to the inside or outside of a hard hat with self-adhesive hook and loop tabs. Submerge it in water for 2 to 3 minutes and squeeze out excess water. The company says cooling lasts 5 to 10 hours, and it can be reused. Cost: $14.85.




Occunomix Miracool Neck BandanaOccunomix Miracool Neck Bandana

Miracool Neck Bandana by OccuNomix: The cotton bandana is soaked for 10 to 20 minutes in cold water and then worn around the neck. The company says the bandanna stays hydrated for several days and is reusable. Cost: $1.90.


Ergodyne Chill-Its Cooling BandanaErgodyne Chill-Its Cooling Bandana

Ergodyne’s CHILL-ITS 6700 Evaporative Cooling Bandana: The company says the bandana can be worn as a neck cooler or on the head. Soak in ice water for 2 to 5 minutes or until plump. It can be reused. Comes in a variety of colors. $1.99.


Shirts and vests


ML Koshiga Ultra-Cool vestML Koshiga Ultra-Cool vest

ML Koshigo Ultra-Cool Mesh 3-Pocket Hi Vis Vest by Hi Vis Supply: Made of polyester with a zipper front, the vest also features an outside left chest radio pocket, an inside right chest pencil pocket and a lower inside left patch pocket. Cost: $9.79.

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GSS safety T-shirtGSS safety T-shirt

GSS Safety Reflective Safety T-Shirt by Hi Vis Supply: The short-sleeve shirt is made of breathable and moisture-wicking polyester mesh. It is certified ANSI Class 2, the company says. It also has 2-inch silver reflective tape and a left chest pocket Cost: $12.49.




HiVis cooling towelHiVis cooling towel

HiVis Supply CT03 PVA Cooling Towel: The PVA towel is designed to wick away sweat. The company says soaking the towel in cool water for 2 to 3 minutes will lead to hours of cooling. Reusable. Cost: $4.95


Occunomix Miracool 3-in-1 cooling padOccunomix Miracool 3-in-1 cooling pad

3-in-1 cooling pad by OccuNomix: The cotton pad is soaked for 10 to 20 minutes in cool water and squeezed dry. Then it can be placed on the back of a hard hat to cool and shade the neck, placed inside the hard hat as a pad to keep the head cool, or attached to the back of a vest. Cost: $12.84.