5 Tips for Camping in the Summer Heat (Take Over Tuesday)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Do you have any tips to add? Please share them in a comment below!

7 thoughts on “5 Tips for Camping in the Summer Heat (Take Over Tuesday)

  1. Sarah alexis

    Those are great tips! I have to admit Ive always found that the trees offer a considerable cool-down in the evenings and mostly I am quite comfortable in the nights when I’m camping – great suggestions for those crazy heat waves we have from time to time!!!

  2. kristen visser

    those are some great tips! especially with using a smaller dome tent. my family has yet to experience camping but hoping to do so in the near future. I will keep these points in mind

  3. Laurie P

    Proper position for the tent obviously makes sense, we learned this yesterday while fort building outside lol. Took a couple minutes but it worked and it was almost like a wind tunnel for a bit lol

  4. Laurie P

    some useful tips indeed! It’s been a while since I’ve been camping, but I’d probably aim for the end of summer, maybe even the fall. I just don’t do well in the heat anymore…

  5. Elizabeth Matthiesen

    A very interesting post, I’ve not been camping for about 40 yrs and then it was in a place where it didn’t get especially hot in summer. I’m sure these tips will be very useful for those camping this summer. I do have one question though, you mention using a fan run using an inverter, so is this solar power converted?


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