The Secret to Staying Cool: The Fan

Imagine while traveling you encounter scorching heat.  All you want to do is jump into a pool of ice cubes.  Well, if this is not an option, why not carry something compact like a fan?  As part of my packing list while traveling, I carry a compact fan especially for those unexpected moments.

Background of the Fan (Facts obtained from Wikipedia)

  • The earliest known Chinese fans are a pair of woven bamboo side-mounted fans from the 2nd century BC. 
  • The Chinese form of the hand fan was a row of feathers mounted in the end of a handle. 
  • The folding fan was invented in Japan around the 6th to 8th century.
  • Social significance was attached to the fan in the Far East. The management of the fan became a highly regarded feminine art.
  • Archaeological ruins and ancient texts show that fans were used in ancient Greece since the 4th century BC .
  • In the 17th century the folding fan, introduced from East Asia, became popular in Europe. These fans are particularly well displayed in the portraits of the high-born women of the era.

Uses of The Fan

There are many uses for a fan besides using it as a cooling mechanism for yourself. Here are some other ways to use the fan:

  1. In a medical emergency, use the fan to cool down the patient.
  2. When the food is too hot, cool it down with the fan.
  3. If you are drunk or feel like dancing, start an ancient fan dance.  Fan to the left. Fan to the right.
  4. Use the fan as a plate. It works wonders if you are out in the wilderness.
  5. If you are playing hide-and-seek, use the fan to hide from others.  It is a guarantee that someone will not find you.

How to use a Folding Fan (specifically the one I bought in Cambodia)

Fans are generally simple to use, but just in case you are a little curious on how I used my fan, here are some detailed instructions. 

1.  Open the fan

2.  Holding the fan at the handles, start at an angle and start to fan yourself.

3.  Fan yourself again.

So if you are planning to travel the world, I highly recommend bringing some kind of fan (electric, paper,etc).  Your sweat glands will thank you.


About Jan

In 2004 and 2010, I set aside time to travel the world in 3 parts. In 2004, I traveled to Thailand, Europe, and Pacific Northwest region of the U.S. In 2010, I traveled to 3 continents: Asia, South America, and Africa. I am not sure if I have a fascination with the number 3, but I seem to be constantly traveling by numbers.
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One Response to The Secret to Staying Cool: The Fan

  1. Snowy says:

    Nice Fan!!! Stay Cool =)

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