9 Tips for Staying Cool on Summer Camping Trips

    A summer camping trip is the perfect getaway when you’re looking to immerse yourself in nature. However, the summer heat can often take a turn for the worse as you’re trying to stay cool but feel uncomfortable with the sun beating down on you and the sticky humidity. That’s why we’ve put together a helpful guide with smart strategies to help you dress the part to beat the heat while still enjoying your camping experience. Check out these nine tips for staying cool on your summer camping trip.

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    1. Dress the Part — 

    Dressing comfortably is one of the most important parts of staying cool during a summer camping trip. It can be the bigger details like deciding to wear breathable, lightweight clothing made from moisture-wicking fabrics. It can also be the little things like changing up your accessories. To help prevent discomfort and overheating, wear silicone rings instead of your metal rings when camping.

    2. Choose the Right Campsite — 

    Before you decide to pitch your tent for the evening, you’ll want to make sure you’re choosing the right campsite. According to National Geographic, there are a couple of things you can do to pick the right overnight campsite. You’ll want an area that’s flat so it’s easier to pitch your tent. Find an area that’s off-trail so it won’t disturb other campers. Stay away from animal trails that can lead to an unwanted overnight visitor. Avoid stagnant lakes that tend to be a breeding ground for insects. Pick a campsite that is under a tree or next to a large rock that will block the wind.

    3. Find the Shade or Create Your Own — 

    Depending on the terrain, you’ll need to find a shaded area or use your tools and natural resources around you to create your own shade. Prioritize shade to keep cool when selecting a campsite. Spots that are naturally shaded by trees and shielded from direct sunlight will help keep the interior of your tent cooler, especially during the hotter parts of the day. Using a weather app or compass can give you an idea of the sun’s direction to position your tent in a way that minimizes your exposure to direct sunlight.

    4. Position Your Tent — 

    When positioning your tent, face it toward the breeze. Consider the topography of your campsite and observe the wind patterns to determine which direction the breeze is blowing. Keep in mind that if you’re camping near the water, the wind may blow upriver or inland off the ocean. The widest opening of your tent should face the breeze to allow for better air circulation.


    5. Stay Hydrated — 

    If you’re feeling thirsty, according to the Cleveland Clinic, that means you’re already mildly dehydrated. You may feel dizzy or tired or even have a headache. To help prevent dehydration, drink frequent sips of water throughout your camping trip. You may want to have an electrolyte-enhanced or sports drink to replenish what you’ve lost through sweating throughout the day.

    6. Try Cooling Products — 

    To help stay cool, try a cooling towel that’s soaked in water and worn around your neck or placed on your forehead. A cooling towel provides instant relief. Another popular cooling device is a portable misting fan. These fans spray a fine mist of water while providing you with a refreshing breeze.

    7. Use Natural Cooling Methods — 

    Take advantage of the nature around you by using natural cooling methods. To lower the temperature inside your tent, wet a towel or a bandana with water and hang it near the window or mesh opening of your tent. Air will pass through and be cooled by the evaporation of water, creating a natural cooling breeze in your tent.

    8. How to Increase Air Circulation — 

    No matter how many cooling methods you try to stay cool, sometimes the easiest way to increase air circulation is with a portable fan. Invest in a battery-powered fan that doesn’t require electricity. Place it near a window or mesh opening in your tent to draw in fresh air and create a cooling breeze inside your tent.

    9. Picking the Right Sleeping Gear — 

    Whether you want a sleeping pad or a sleeping bag for your summer camping trip, choose one that’s made from breathable materials. Ideally, they’ll offer good insulation without trapping excess heat, so you don’t get sick or cold overnight when the temperatures drop. You may want to use a lightweight cot where you’ll elevate yourself off the ground to allow for better air circulation beneath you.

    By utilizing any of these tips, you’ll stay cool and comfortable while camping during the summer. Remember to stay hydrated and prioritize shade whenever you can. If you’re camping overnight, you’ll want to position your tent strategically and choose camping gear that’s specifically designed for hot weather. That means opting for breathable clothing and functional jewelry for added comfort. We hope you make the most of your camping experience and wish you happy camping this summer!


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