Between a sunny and a rainy (or snowy) day, many of us will choose the former for a camping trip. Exploring the great outdoors is easier and more enjoyable when the sun is out. Not only is it convenient and safe. But the bright, beautiful weather also gives a great opportunity for some cool photo ops!
But then, in some days, camping in hot weather is not fun at all. The scourging heat of the sun can bring you a lot of discomfort. Camping in hot weather can be extremely tiring and dehydrating. The warm weather can also make it difficult for you to sleep inside your tent.
Well, the good news is staying cool while camping in hot weather is possible with the right equipment and strategies. Check out these camping hacks that will keep you feeling comfortable throughout your trip:
You Can Use Sleeping Bags in the Tent
Yes, you can sleep comfortably inside your tent without the need to forego thick comforters or sleeping bags. You can purchase hot weather sleeping bags but the one-season sleeping bag should be enough for warmer weather conditions. They are made with polyester fleece which is cheap, breathable, easy to clean, and light (which means they don’t provide so much insulation). If you enjoy camping in summer as well as in cooler months, purchasing both a heavy-filled and lightweight sleeping bag is a good investment.
Camping Equipment You Can Use
Aside from a hot weather sleeping bag, there are a few more camping gears you need to endure the summer heat.
- A hammock is a perfect tool for sneaking into some power nap in the woods. Hiking in warm weather can be so draining. You will certainly need to chill for a bit and recharge. But of course, you wouldn’t want to sleep inside your tent in the middle of a humid day.
- Sleeping pad. An alternative to camping sleeping bag is an inflatable pad. The great thing about it is that it’s super lightweight, waterproof, easy to pack, and inexpensive.
- Backpacking camping stove. If you don’t feel like bringing full-scale camping cookware, you can always carry a portable camping stove. It usually comes with a push-button electric start so you don’t need a lighter or a match to fire it up.
- Summer camping clothes. Choose clothes made from breathable fabrics and give you full coverage (such as a long-sleeve hoodie and soft-shell pants). Your goal is to keep the sun and bugs off while staying fresh and comfortable. Wear the right footwear too. The best socks for hiking in hot weather are wool socks that will keep your feet from perspiring, extremely stretchy, and comfortable to wear. Put a hat on. A sun hat with a bream is a great option. You will also need a bandana to cover your neck and keep it cool.
How to Stay Cool While Camping in a Tent
Now let’s talk about how to stay cool in a tent.
- Choose a summer-friendly tent. Firstly, you need a tent that is appropriate for warm weather. Canvas tents are highly recommended. They are made with natural fibers and therefore, are more breathable than tents made with polyester. Alternately, you can choose a tent with lots of mesh. The fine mesh offers protection against bugs while allowing air to pass through. You will also benefit from purchasing a tent protector or sky shield.
- Set up your tent under a shade. If you find a spot under a shade such as a tree, take it. Also, you can figure out where the sun will pass in the sky using a compass. This should help you find a good camping spot.
- Roll your tent curtains up. Some tents come with interior curtains designed for more privacy. But apart from that, you can also use it for increased ventilation. Simply roll the curtain up to let some air through and stay cool in a tent.
- If it’s too warm at night and you see no sign of rain, consider removing your rain fly. Doing so should help the heat and moisture inside your tent to escape.
- Bring your cooler of ice into the tent or bring a battery-operated fan to circulate the air. Place it on the doorway of your tent or in a back corner.
How to Set Up Your Tent in the Shade
Choose the easiest tent to set up by yourself and set it up under a tree. Otherwise, choose a spot that’s in the shadow of a larger structure, such as a mountain. Shady locations would be those that are near low hills or close to nearby cabins. Also, take note that the sun’s position moves so you want to pick a location where your tent can stay cool while you’re in it. You can also camp by a river or lake where it’s typically cooler.
Make use of adjustable tent poles for easy installation of the tent. Find a high area to pitch your tent. Also, consider setting up your tent only when you are using it or simply use a tarp to keep your tent cool and dry to avoid daytime heat or rain. You can even make your own shade canopy instead of buying it.
Use warm lighting to keep away insects.
Aside from the heat, other concerns when camping in warm locations are bugs and mosquitoes. Insect bites can cause skin irritation and infections. In the worst cases, it can lead to fatal diseases. A very effective way to protect yourself from bugs is to use warm lights inside your tent. If you’re lucky enough, situate your tent near plants that keep insects away, such as citronella grass, Mint, Lavender, and Chrysanthemums. Here are other tips on how to keep insects away:
- Burn sage. Simply throw some leaves into your campfire to repel mosquitoes. The smell of burning sage can also help keep ticks away.
- Apply insect repellent every 2-3 hours or as necessary. You can also wear an insect repellent These wristbands emit vapors (active ingredients) that repel many common bugs.
- Place a dryer sheet around your tent to keep mosquitoes and bees away.
- Light a candle. Bring some tiki torches or citronella candles and place them around your area. There are also essential oils that have insect-repelling properties, such as Thyme oil, Basil oil, Lavender oil, and lemon eucalyptus oil.
Staying cool while camping amidst the summer heat is possible if you have the right gear, from the all-season sleeping bag to comfortable and breathable clothing and footwear, camping stove, and a hammock. Last but not least, you need an easy-to-set-up tent that is made from natural fibers like a canvas tent or one that has a lot of mesh. Where you set up your tent is essential too. Look for a spot that gives you protection against direct sunlight, such as under a tree or shadow of a huge structure. Lastly, keep yourself protected against bugs by bringing items that help repel them, such as warm lights, some plants or herbs, essential oils, and of course, an insect spray.
Summer is undoubtedly one of the best seasons to engage in outdoor activities, such as camping. However, in some locations, the summer heat might be too much to handle. Well, you don’t have to postpone your camping trip. By following these tips and suggestions above, you can make camping in hot weather more enjoyable.