How To Stay Cool While Camping
Camping is fun, but it can also be very uncomfortable during summer or a hot day. But you don’t want to cancel your camping trip just because of the heat. You want to continue having fun and deal with the heat like any good camper would.
Staying cool while camping is important to me because I am fond of camping during the summer and I know what it’s like to be sweating like crazy inside the tent because of the heat. The problem here is that you can’t always depend on a fan or central air conditioning unit while camping.
The good thing though is that you don’t need to bring heavy equipment to stay cool during camping. Here are the best tips on how to stay cool while camping.
#1. Staying Cool While Camping
Keeping Yourself Cool
There are relatively low-tech, less expensive methods and techniques that you can adopt to keep yourself cool on your camping adventure.
- Wear light-colored and loose clothing. Don’t use dark colored clothes because they absorb heat. Instead, wear light colored clothing that is loose. Sandals will expose your feet to the outside air. If you are still hot and want to cool down a bit, you can soak a handkerchief in cool water and wrap your neck with it.
- Do your activities during Cool Times. Do your outdoor activities during the evening or early in the morning when there is less sunlight. If not, you can opt for shady activities such as caving in the middle of the day when the sun is most hot.
If you happen to camp near a cave, then that is the perfect opportunity for you to cool off and stay in the shade while having fun.
- Keep yourself hydrated and consume cold food. It would help to pack food that does not require cooking like fruit, pasta salads, and popsicles. Be sure to keep yourself hydrated with well-insulated water bottles to keep the fluids inside your body cool. Avoid alcohol and caffeine because these will dehydrate you even more.
- Bring a Cooler. Having a cooler with lots of ice and cold beverages inside would make your camping activity much “cooler.” Inside that cooler, you must have at least two full bottles of cold water and lots of ice, soda bottles, ice cream and even food.
Cool items will make you feel refreshed, and your friends will appreciate you for having a supply of them in your cooler if they didn’t bring some.
Water will cool your body. The more you hydrate, the more you will sweat and feel cooler in the long run.
- Beware of Heat Stroke. Heat stroke takes place once the body temperature goes up to 104 degrees F and higher. If the temperature doesn’t go down, the body will shut down on its own. Older adults and children are more vulnerable to heat stroke.
Keeping Cool Outside The Tent
Keeping cool outside the tent entails selecting the areas where you are going to camp wisely. It involves looking for areas where there are lots of shade and water.
- Find an Area where there is Shade. Choose a campsite where there are many trees to keep you, your shelter and stuff cool all day long. If there is a limited amount of shade, reserve it for the tent since the material heats up fast. You can also bring a tarp or pop-up shelters to generate your shade.
Also, know that the amount of shade you get will depend on the time and hour during the day. You want to choose an area where you get the most shade during mid-day when it is most hot.
- Camp near a Waterfront. Camp in an area that is near the water. If you can’t find a waterfront camping site, then make use of whatever it is that you can find in your environment:
- Take advantage of the cold showers which are a free amenity in most camping grounds
- Buy an inflatable pool where you can cool down with family and friends
- Use certain gadgets with a built-in fan
- Take advantage of air-conditioned places near or inside the camping park. If you can go to air-conditioned places (caravan park facilities, tourist attractions, shops), take advantage of them during the warmest times of the day. This will provide you with the perfect opportunity to cool off and avoid sweating inside your tent.
- Cover your head with a hat. Cover or shade your head from the sun as much as you can. Wear a hat when you’re outside the tent or else keep yourself in the shade. You will need to wear a hat during the hottest times of the day. Don’t wear a tight hat that can trap heat inside.
Keeping Cool Inside The Tent
While some campers have managed to stay cool inside their tent by bringing a portable air conditioner or buckling some heavy equipment along with their camping site, many campers find such methods as tiresome and expensive. Here are some affordable and practical methods to keep your tent cool.
- Maintain ventilation inside your sleeping area. t’s easier to sleeping in an area that is ventilated. Be sure that your tent get’s a lot of ventilation. You can also try an open-air hammock.
- Don’t put fly on the tent. A small dome tent with no fly will you a cool night as you and your loved ones lie on the mesh to get a nice view of the night sky. This will maximize your ability to cool off inside the tent. Such tents are a fantastic choice for hot weather.
If you have a bigger tent, then you may not have the option to take the fly off and even if you do it won’t make much of a difference. Under such circumstances, you can open all windows and doors of the tent to allow the breeze to get inside. This will also avoid the accumulation of heat inside the tent.
A nylon tent will heat up faster than a canvas tent although nylon can allow air to get out more easily. A dome tent that has a four-sided mesh would be excellent for warm nights.
- Bring a 12-volt van. The lack of breeze and air circulation can result in a very uncomfortable night. Having air move inside your tent will help cool your tent as air moves inside it.
12-volt fans vary in price but to get one that is silent, economical and efficient, require more investment on your part. There are some fans designed specifically for camping that easily run out of battery. So you would also require a rechargeable battery.
So choose a fan with a built-in rechargeable battery. If it doesn’t have a rechargeable battery, then you don’t buy it because the batteries themselves can be more expensive than the unit itself.
You may also prefer a 140 w fan, which are larger fans with inverters. You get more breeze with these fans although you have to make sure there is enough space for them inside your tent.
- Use thin blankets (not thick and large ones) for the nights. Use a thin blanket, especially during warm nights. You don’t want to be soaked in sweat with a thick blanket once the night begins to heat up.
You may not be able to bring heavy equipment, but you can bring new gear and get very creative to keep cool while camping.
Again, choose a location where there are trees, shade and water to camp. And always remember that you can always keep yourself cool by wearing light-coloured clothing and selecting the perfect times to go out during the day.
We hope you learned a lot from this post. Nothing beats a comfortable sleep inside a cool tent. If you have questions and comments, feel free to address them in the comments section.