The Ultimate Guide to Staying Cool While Camping in the Summertime
Summertime is the perfect time to get out and enjoy nature by camping in the great outdoors. Unfortunately, the soaring temperatures can put a damper on the experience. Not to worry though, with the right preparation, you can easily cool off while camping in the summer. If you’re like me, an experienced camper and father of three kids, here’s everything you need to know about staying cool while camping in the summertime.
Invest in the Right Gear and Equipment
First and foremost, it is important to equip yourself with the appropriate gear and equipment before venturing out for your camping trip.
Protective Clothing: Garments made from lightweight, breathable fabrics to protect your skin from the sun, like loose-fitting short-sleeve shirts and shorts. Hats, sunglasses, and light scarves should also be packed to protect your face from the intense glare and heat.
Portable Fans: Investing in a battery-operated fan can be a great way to keep cool in your tent or sleeping area at night.
Cooling Towels: Cooling towels are made from special fabrics that absorb sweat and hold onto it. After dipping the towel in water, the special fabric helps keep it cooler than ambient temperatures for a period of time.
Pack Smartly and Wisely
It is important to pack light when heading out for a camping trip. The more gear and equipment you pack, the harder it will be to stay cool. Pack multipurpose items whenever possible.
Non-Perishable Foods: Bring non-perishable foods that don’t require cooking or refrigerating. Fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, and celery served with dip or nut-butter are refreshing and cool snack options.
Lightweight Tent: Try to get the lightest tent you can find that is also waterproof and UV resistant.
Cold Water: Always pack enough cold water for the duration of your trip. If you plan on staying out for longer periods, freeze your water bottles overnight which will keep your other snacks cold the next day.
Ideas to Cool Off
Stay Hydrated: Proper hydration is key to staying cool in the hot weather. Stay clear of sugary drinks and alcohol as they can actuallty dehydrate your body further.
Move Around: Avoid being stationary for long periods of time, as it can take its toll on your body, especially in the heat. Sitting in the shade or going for a walk will help reduce your body’s temperature.
Take Refuge in Water: Cool off by taking a dip in rivers, lakes, oceans and waterfalls. Beware of water-borne diseases, and if swimming in a natural water source, make sure to use a desalinating device like a water bottle filter.
Set Up a DIY Tent Air Conditioner: If it’s too hot to sleep in your tent, there are a few DIY solutions you can use to make things a bit cooler. For example, you can line the bottom of your tent with aluminum foil to reflect the direct sunlight out. Or, try making your own tent air conditioner. All you need to do is hang a large bottle filled with ice from the top of the tent and place a fan at the base of the bottle. The cold air will be circulated and provide a much cooler tent environment.
Go on Night Walks: The heat can be unbearable during the day, so try going on nighttime hikes or walks when taking a break from camping. The air is usually cooler during the night time, so it can be quite calming.
Make a Shade Structure: If you’re camping longer than a weekend, you might benefit from setting up a shade structure. This will provide some relief from the sun’s rays during the day. Just be sure to secure it with heavy-duty stakes before setting sail.
With the right preparation and strategies, you can stay cool while camping in the summertime. Investing in the needed gear and equipment, packing smartly, and taking advantage of cooling ideas are all great ways to beat the summer heat. In addition, don’t forget to make safety a priority and always be mindful of the environment.