Beat the Summer Heat with These Tips For Staying Cool While Camping
Whether you’re an experienced camper or a newbie planning a family camping trip, you don’t want it to be a sweat-soaked nightmare. Heat can quickly make a camping trip uncomfortable, so it’s important to plan ahead and stay cool while camping. With proper preparation and the right gear, you can enjoy your summer camping adventure and beat the heat. Here are some tips for making the most out of a summer camping trip while staying cool.
Choosing the Right Time and Location
The key to being able to beat the heat on a summer camping trip is to choose your location and the times of your trip wisely. During the peak days of summer, it can get too hot to camp in certain regions, especially in the afternoons. Aiming for the shoulder season and early morning or late afternoon will leave you with cooler temperatures and a better overall experience.
When it comes to location, stick to the higher elevations as the temperatures are usually 5-10 degrees cooler at higher altitudes than they are at sea level; temperatures also fluctuate with the time of day, so aim to camp in shaded and cooler areas. Campsites in forests or other wooded areas with trees and ample shade are optimal when it comes to beating the heat.
Staying Cool While Camping
If you are camping in a location with higher temperatures, there are some practical things you can do to stay cool. Here are a few essential tips for keeping cool while camping during the summertime.
- Shelter: The best way to stay cool while camping is to create a shelter from the sun. Choose a spot in the shade or under the trees, and set up your tent as soon as possible to get out of the direct sun. If you have an awning, make sure to keep it extended to create even more shade.
- Clothing: Wear lightweight, breathable clothing made from natural materials like cotton. Opt for clothes that cover more of your body than usual and add a brimmed hat, sunglasses, and bandana to protect your face and neck from the sun. It’s also a good idea to layer up your clothing to make it easier to remove them when it gets too hot.
- Hydration: During hot days, hydration is an essential part of staying cool. Make sure to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Avoid drinks with caffeine which can actually make you feel more dehydrated. Try to keep your drinks in shaded areas to keep them cool. It’s also important to replenish electrolytes with sports drinks.
- Rest: If you are overheating, get some rest and take a break in the shade. The best time to take a break is during the hottest part of the day. Try to stick to lighter activity during the day and save the more strenuous activities for the cooler time of day and the evening.
- Avoid the Tarp: Though a tarp may seem like a great way to create a shelter from the sun, be aware that it can act like a magnifying glass and attract heat. If you have a tarp, angle it away from the sun and use it only when necessary. It can also be helpful to remove any large items that will attract additional heat.
If you plan to do an extended camping trip, one of the best ways to beat the heat is to invest in a portable air conditioner designed for tents. Portable air conditioners allow you to regulate the temperature inside your tent and keep it comfortable while you’re sleeping.
Tips for Keeping Kids Safe in the Heat
If you are taking your kids camping, it is important to take extra precautions to keep them safe in the heat. Make sure to remind them to stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day. Provide them with hats, sunglasses and sun-protective clothing. You can also pack a misting spray bottle for kids to cool themselves off when they are feeling hot. Aim to keep them hydrated and set up a rest schedule.
As an experienced camper and father of three, I understand how important it is to plan ahead and stay cool while on a summer camping trip. With the right preparation, gear, and knowledge, you can safely enjoy your camping adventure with your family and beat the heat.