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Today’s feature is from Shawn Michaels. Shawn is a blogger who loves to write about his outdoor experiences. He is also a passionate rock climber and loves travelling. Currently, he is studying and spends his free time reading reviews and gear shopping! He regularly blogs at Thesmartlad.com.
5 Tips for Camping in the Summer Heat
Camping can be an incredible and life-long experience. It offers an understanding of the real meaning of adventure. But, to reach the perfect level of camping is not an easy job, especially in the summer. To help you gather the best camping moments and memories, here are few tips that will come in handy:
1. Position your tent correctly.
The position of your campsite is a factor that highly affects the temperature that you’ll live in. For a cooler accommodation, locate your tent in a way that it gets the maximum afternoon shade, taking special care of the tree you choose. Also, any breezes coming off the water can be beneficial, so position your tent near water. The disadvantage of placing camp near water can sometimes be more mosquitoes.
2. Use a fly-free tent.
Smaller dome tents are a better option for a cooler camping time. It includes a mesh that keeps the flies and bugs away, as well as allows you to enjoy a view of the night sky. It is a great choice for summer as it maximizes the flow of breezes, which helps to keep the heat from building up in the tent. Moreover, the fabric of the tent also plays a big part in this. Choose a breathable material like canvas, cotton or poly-cotton.
3. Use a 12-volt fan.
Summer heat can also get unbearable due to lack of air circulation. For such camping situations, rechargeable fans were invented. These fans range in price, and can be bought from auto-shops or 12-volt specialist companies. Fans that run using batteries are also available, but it adds up as an additional cost to the camping revenue. The better quality of fans (240 W) come with a greater price and run using an inverter.
4. Sleep in a hammock-bed.
Sleeping in a hammock will make the nights easier to spend by making the surroundings cooler for you. Sleeping under a tarp is an alternative to a hammock, but it does bring bugs with it. Camping stretchers can also be helpful as they allow the air to circulate beneath them, which can be a problem in the case of a mattress. Another option includes sleeping with a tarp over the tent, which will create an extra layer of protection from the sun, along with giving you a comfortable and cool night-bed.
5. Pay attention to clothing and hydration.
This point is an essential one, especially if you are camping with children. As children suffer from dehydration more than adults, it is important to take special care to prevent it. This can be done by eliminating caffeine, and soft drinks, and replacing them with water. Plenty of water will recharge the hydration level and will keep the energy level maximized. During the camping trip, try to restrict your clothing to cotton, light-colors, wide-brimmed hats, and a nice pair of boots. These will provide protection from the sun, apart from the regular application of a good-quality sunscreen.