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I run hotter than Hades, but this neck fan kept me cool during a Disney heat wave — it's just $32 at Amazon

This handy rechargeable cooling gadget kept me chill in the happiest place on Earth.

Many people first experience the joy of visiting Disney World (or Disneyland) when they're kids, but I got to visit the "Happiest Place on Earth" for the first time in my late 20s, back in 2019. As an adult, I wanted to be fully prepared — and I knew that involved coming up with a plan to stay cool in the September Florida heat. My solution? The Jisulife Portable Neck Fan, a highly rated (over 32,000 five-star reviews!), highly effective 360° bladeless fan that can last up to 16 hours on a single charge.

With 78 air outlets and a tangle-free design, you can take advantage of round-the-neck cooling without worrying about your hair getting caught in any fan blades. 

$26 at Amazon

Florida temps that time of year can (and did) run upwards of 100°F. As someone who tends to run hot even in the winter, I knew that prepping for heat was essential. While popping into air-conditioned spots can be a great relief, I couldn't spend the entire day hiding out from the heat and still enjoy all of the rides and attractions. So what I brought with me had to be effectively cooling, long-lasting and lightweight — since I would only be carrying around a mini backpack for my essentials.

I landed on the Jisulife Portable Neck Fan — a powerful and lightweight option that kept my body temps cool in spite of walking for hours through a shade-free theme park in a heatwave.

Research suggests neck cooling is optimal for regulating overall body temperature and is believed to most effectively cool off the entire body, since it's so close to the area of our brain that regulates temperature. Unlike portable handheld fans I'd used before, this neck-cooling fan was a far less cumbersome, hands-free option. This fan rests comfortably on the clavical, providing a constant breeze of cool air all day long.

Cinderella's castle at Disney World / a green neck fan
How'd I keep cool in the happiest place on Earth? A little preparation — and a lot of utilizing this handy neck fan! (Carrie McCabe/Amazon)

How does the Jisulife Portable Neck Fan work? Well, some say the best things in life are free — I say the best things in life are easy to use. This bladeless fan rests on your neck the way that a pair of headphones might — though, instead of blasting beats, it blows a light and refreshing breeze. Wrap-around vents blow 360° of cool air directly upwards onto the skin of the neck, jaw and face and three settings take you from soft romantic breeze to veritable wind tunnel.

And this little baby's cooling power lasts — on low, you'll get up to 16 hours of use; on high, closer to four hours. I often landed on the medium setting in the interest of saving battery for an entire day on my feet, and was able to refresh my charge with a portable phone charger and USB-C cord.

It's also pretty quiet! I was worried the fan would be blaring in my ears all day, but the sound was low-profile — like dim white noise — and I was able to easily hear conversations, even with it resting so close to my ears. It was also a relief that I didn't have to worry about any stray hairs getting caught in fan blades — the bladeless construction ensures it's never an issue.

The author holding up a refillable mug while wearing a
Other helpful ways to keep cool at Disney? Stay hydrated (!!) and partake in some chilly treats, like the famous Dole Whip. (Carrie McCabe/Yahoo)

The Jisulife Portable Neck Fan is currently just $32 (or $26 for Prime members), but honestly, I would've paid more for it. It saved me from overheating during those long days at Disney; being able to clock the number of miles I did in a 100° heatwave makes it worth ten times its weight in gold. (Did I mention it's lightweight?)

While I bought this fan for that 2019 Disney trip, it's been a reliable companion ever since. It kept me cool through a stressful move last Memorial Day weekend and has been indispensable during summer beach outings and garden chores. It's also been a faithful travel companion, accompanying me to sunny vacation spots like Italy and Jamaica.

If you're planning a trip of any kind in the summer heat, I couldn't recommend this capable little gizmo more. If you're looking for even more gadgets to keep you calm, cool and collected, check out our editor picks for top-quality cooling products to get you through your next heatwave.

This neck fan has three speed settings — low, medium and high — and offers 4-16 hours of continuous cooling on a single charge, depending on your selection. 

$26 at Amazon