Summer camping is a great activity to embark on when you are on holiday, or you simply want to take the kids out for a weekend camping trip.
However summer is different to winter and all the other seasons.
It is only necessary to follow these summer tent camping tips to help you and your family come out and back home in a safe manner with no injuries or long term illnesses.
What Is Heat Stroke?
Heatstroke is when the body temperature reaches 104 Fahrenheit or higher and won’t come down.
Symptoms include – skin that stays hot (however there will be no sweating), high blood pressure, vomiting, nausea, rapid breathing, flushed skin, headaches, racing heart or muscle cramps.
What To Do? Put them under shade and call 911 immediately. While you wait for paramedics you can put a cold towel on their neck head or armpit, this is to help with the heat, be sure to remove all thick clothing that can be potentially making it worse.
Pitch Your Tent Under Shade
Your tent can soon become a sauna when in the summer.
Remember to pitch your tent under some shade to avoid this problem, while following the rule that you should avoid dead trees, valleys or ditches.
A rainstorm can happen in ALL 4 seasons, you can still wake up in a flash flood even in the summer time.
Wear Light Clothing
For the simple fact that thick and dark clothing attracts the sun more, making you more prone to heatstroke, stress, and an all-round bad experience/trip.
Hike At Cooler Hours
Heatstroke, dehydration and all other illnesses occur when the suns UV rays are at its strongest, which is from midday to the afternoon (often the heat will get unbearable at these times).
You can counteract this by hiking in the cooler hours. I usually go exploring in the morning until 11:00 to 11:30. This is just my personal choice so I don’t have to worry about getting back before night time.
But hiking in the evening as it gets cooler will work perfectly as well, you also get the bonus of watching the sun set over the horizon as you stand there with your girl getting some valuable bonding time in 🙂
Eat Cold Food
There’s enough of the sun trying to heat you up as it is, why help it by putting hot meals in your belly? I don’t. Instead pack your cooler with Popsicle’s, fresh fruits, pasta salads, etc.
It is completely up to you though, personally I like to eat cold meals throughout the day and for my final meal of the day it will be a nice hot one, as the temperature has cooled down a lot by this time.
Last but not least, and mostly overlooked by family campers who don’t go out camping that much, which is why I can not stress this enough – drink plenty of water.
Drinking water doesn’t mean having 1 bottle of water a day and saying you are completely hydrated.
You will sweat more in the summer, you are on the move a lot more (if you choose to hike). Try to drink at least 5-6 bottles of water before the days finished.
Still don’t know if you are getting enough water? The color of your urine is a perfect indicator. Light or cleared color means hydrated, while a golden or yellow color means dehydrated.
My Final Thoughts
Camping is suppose to be a fun task, and pursued my thousands of families around the globe, especially when the summer time hits.
This is all the more reason to learn how to be safe in the summer, heatstroke is not something to take lightly, and neither is you and your families safety.
If I want you to take anything from the list above and use religiously on your next trip, it will be to hike at cooler hours, while also drinking plenty of water throughout the entire day.
Do that, teach the kids to drink more water as well (get rid of the sugar-filled soda), we need to start changing the world – and it all begins with the little ones!
Have fun and don’t forget to stay safe 😀
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