If you’re planning to go camping in the heat, you need to realize that you’re going to be extremely hot.
But fear not, because these tips in this article will help you stay cool so you don’t have to worry about the heat being too stressful, allowing you to put more of an emphasis on fun and relaxation time.
1. Take Your Tent Down During The Hottest Times Of The Day
Performing this simple task stops heat from building up inside the tent. And of course, it protects your investment so you can keep the tent for a long time and not a short time!
A good rule to follow is: Pack it up after you wake up and erect it again before nighttime.
2. Pitch Your Tent In The Shade
No matter WHAT! If you want to stay cool, being out in the open is not going to help you do it.
Mother nature is there for a reason, so use it wisely.
3. Use A Sunshade
A tarp does the trick just fine.
But if you want to take this step even further, a space blanket works much better.
However, if you want to get the most out of using tarps only, then use two of them so it blocks out the sun altogether! It might require extra work, but at least it gets the job done.
Note: Leave a 1-foot gap between the tarps and the tent.
4. Use The Wind To Your Advantage (Even If It’s Only Minor)
You should definitely consider having the door of your tent facing the wind.
By doing this, the breeze circulates through the tent and keeps the air flow moving! Ultimately keeping it cool enough to sit and lay down in for when you want to relax.
This is a great alternative if you refuse to pack the tent up during the daytime.
5. Keep The Rain Fly Off
This method works really well at nighttime when the heat becomes unbearable!
Most tents have mesh walls to keep them well-ventilated, stopping condensation form building up.
When we breath, condensation will get built up on the walls and roof if there’s a lack of ventilation.
During the night, this will turn into water and actually start dripping on you. A well-ventilated tent will mean absolutely NO condensation will get built up whatsoever.
However, the point I’m trying to make is, we can actually use these mesh walls to our advantage, simply by removing the rain fly so cool breezes come through the tent and keep us cool.
6. Mesh Windows/Walls And Why They Work So Well
As mentioned above, mesh panels and windows are GREAT, and even better when the tent is created with JUST mesh (no nylon or polyester whatsoever).
But they aren’t easy to come by.
Thankfully for us summer campers, the Eureka Midori 2 Tent aids in the cooling process due to the all-mesh walls it provides.
However, I find that cabin-styled tents possess the very best ventilation and airflow, as they are usually reinforced with advance venting systems.
The CORE 6 is one of them, but even better because it is in a great price range as well 🙂
7. Use A Fan
Your new fan will soon become your best friend when you see how useful they are.
You don’t even need to plug it in either since you can get battery-powered ones!
So as long as you’re car camping and not backpacking, you should be able to find enough room to fit one in.
8. Sleep In A Hammock
You might want to consider sleeping in a hammock – as long as you know what you’re doing, of course.
Hammock camping is not for the feint-hearted, nor is it as easy as tent camping either, so you need a lot of outdoor experience before you even consider this option.
But when you learn the ropes, you will find it much easier to camp in the heat, for the simple fact that you are out in the open with cold air helping you stay cooled down.
- Stay hydrated! Our bodies need water to survive, so drinking water frequently will stop us from passing out
- Keep a wet towel or bandana on the back of your neck to help you stay cool (a wet hat would also work)
- Go for a swim, because swimming ALWAYS keeps you cool – hands down
- Wear light-colored and loose clothing. The sun is attracted to black, so if you avoid black and other dark colors altogether, you will feel much cooler
- Wear a wide brim sun hat to shield your face and neck from the sun as much as possible, while sunglasses should also be worn to help protect your eyes
- If being in a sleeping bag makes you overheat, use a cotton sheet instead
If you’re camping in temperatures of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, you’re going to be extremely hot – but of course you probably already know that.
But at least there are SOME tips and techniques you can do to help you stay cool.
And the ones I have outlined in this article are the most effective ones, the ones that have worked well for me over the years.
Hence why I am sharing them with you – fellow campers 🙂
Thanks for reading my article!
Let me ask you something:
1. Do you have any other methods that you would like to share with us?
2. Do you plan on using the ones I have mentioned in this post?