How to Beat the Heat When Camping?

With a few changes to camping setup and a handful of simple, heat-beating hacks, your summer camping trips can be changed from troubles into altogether tolerable ones.

Such conversions from how to choose the best tent for hot-weather camping to do it yourself accessories will help get a restful night’s sleep in the wilds when the rest of the world is hotter. Try something different to beat the heat when camping. 

Use a Hammock

The hammock fabric sometimes over-compresses the insulation in your sleeping bag and makes it less effective. This could be an issue at other times of year but in the summer months it’s a win. 

An airborne sleeping system allows air to circulate around your body while you sleep and eliminates the need to use an insulating pad to support your underside. It allows the back and legs to have the full benefits of the breeze that might be blowing.

You Can Camp Near the Water

Water features like creeks, lakes and rivers are typically lower than other places. Take a dip before bedtime that helps to bring your core temperature down.

This will make you fall asleep that little bit easier when temperatures are very high.  

Have a Fan

With a portable camping fan you can create your own breeze. Good fans are very lightweight, quiet and can be attached to the gear loops in the canopy of your tent.

It also can transform your nights in your tent from sweaty sufferfests into something altogether more tolerable.

Get a Frozen Water Bottle

This is one of the greatest camping hacks. If you’re car camping, freeze a bottle of water at home and stash it in a cooler until you get to camp. Then take it into the tent with you at night.

Wrapped in a t-shirt or pillowcase. Keep this inside your sleeping bag. This will help cool your body. Using cool water from a stream can also do the trick if you don’t have a cooler.

Follow a Reflection Process

Use a reflective thermal survival blanket to create your own shade. Shield your tent from the heat that works best when suspended a foot or more above the tent. It permits airflow between the blanket and the tent canopy.

Rig a survival blanket above your tent using accessory cord to suspend it from higher something like a pool. Tie two corners of the blanket to the top of the tent with cord. Suspend the opposing corners from the tips of poles.

Get the Benefit of Wind

Make sure the entrance is facing in the direction of the wind when pitching your tent. Look at the weather forecast.

You can observe how strong the wind will be and which direction it will be blowing. You can have the details about the wind condition. Make some adjustments with the weather.

Always Take Tent Down by Day

The Sun can turn the tent’s interior into a bit of a furnace. The greenhouse effect results from the sun’s rays passing through the tent walls.

Take the tent down before the heat gets up in the morning. Pitch it again around dusk. Day-long exposure to the sun is bad for the fabric of your tent. 

Buy Tent Carefully

Extensive mesh canopy and a double-doored design should be checked before buying a tent. Remember that ventilation features are important for the tent to keep it cool.

It allows heat and humidity to escape from inside to out. Human bodies are hotter than tents like radiators in homes.

This procedure helps to boost airflow inside the tent. Bring a bigger tent than you need for all these techniques.

Avoid Hot Camping Surfaces

The temperature above grass is the coolest out of asphalt concrete and soil at midday. You should camp on durable surfaces rather than soil or grass when you’re camping in nature.

Find a durable area with good green space around.

Ditch the Rainfly When it is Dry

In summer months it can leave your shelter feeling like a sauna than anything suitable for sleeping in. The rainfly locks in the heat produced by the human body.

Removing the rainfly lets body heat and hot breath escape through the mesh of the tent. This converts the sleeping area several degrees cooler.

Have the Tent in the shade

Find a spot that will remain in the shade for the most part of the day. Use a compass to find the four cardinal directions. Select a pitching location.

That will be protected from the Sun. In the hours immediately after sunrise and before sunset is crucial.

Tarp for Shade

Use a tarp that can be used as a shade for your campsite or even just for your tent. String a line from two trees as tight as you need to suspend the tarp. Create a loop at the end of the rope and wrap it around the tree and feed the rest of the rope through the loop.

This is how you have a loop around a tree. Use the hitch to tie the line to the other side to support the tarp. Drape the tarp over the line. This is how you can have a tarp shelter.

Canopy for Shade

A folding canopy can be expanded and set up anywhere. This gives a shaded space for preparing food or eating. A canopy makes an incredible difference if the campsite doesn’t have poles that can help with shade.

Find the Body’s Cold Spots

Our general comfort can be more impacted if some parts of the body are cold or hot. You can be more comfortable by focusing on the most impactful parts of your body. You may be able to cool down a part of your body instead of the entire one.

The cold sensation is felt strongest at the lower back and upper arms and upper legs. Face is another important area where you can keep cool. Find your cold sensitive spots so you don’t have to work as hard to cool your entire body.

Cool your Towels

Cooling towels are designed for retaining water. Use those to feel cooler. There are long and narrow strips of water absorbent cloth if you don’t have to have a specialized cooling towel for this to work. They are convenient for wrapping around your head and face.

Tent With Great Ventilation

Different tents have different focuses on ventilation. Tents come in different sizes and shapes. The more ventilation means the more cooling of the tent. Choose a tent with more ventilation than others.

Conclusion

The tips will help to stay cool in the hottest conditions. They are the root to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Sometimes things don’t always go to plan.

If you do decide to head out camping in hot conditions, it’s important that you are able to recognise the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke early.

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Justin M. Neal
Justin M. Neal

Justin is a freelance writer specializing in adventure, camping, hiking, home improvement, pet and technology. He is an avid animal lover since he was a little boy. He lives with his wife Malina, son Oliver, and their purrfect angel cat, Fifi.

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