10 Tips for Staying Cool While Camping this Summer

Don’t let the summer heat deter you from camping. With a little planning, this can be a great time of year to head outside and sleep in your tent under the stars!

Check out our 10 tips for staying cool while camping this summer:

  1. Pitch your tent in the shade.

    Set up camp in the shade so that your tent is not absorbing and holding onto heat all day. Also, consider taking your tent down during the day so that it does not retain heat.
  2. Sleep in separate tents.

    You may love your camping partner(s), but the last thing you want to sleep against in the summer heat is another warm body.
  3. Ditch the sleeping bag.

    Instead of climbing into a warm sleeping bag at night, try laying on top instead and covering yourself with nothing or a thin cotton sheet.
  4. Cool off in the water.

    Set up camp next to a water source so that you can swim during the day and before bed to cool off and help your body to relax.
  5. Don’t get too much sun.

    The last thing you need is a sunburn to make you feel extra warm when you’re camping during the hottest time of the year. Plan activities such as hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, biking, etc. in the early morning and late afternoon. Seek shade during the hottest part of the day and make sure to wear sunscreen and clothing with UV protection.
  6. Wear light-colored, breathable clothing.

    Cotton and linen clothing will allow your body to breathe and release heat.
  7. Pack a fan.

    A portable fan that you can hang from the ceiling of your tent, chair and/or table will provide a cool breeze when sleeping, eating, and relaxing.
  8. Eat cold or room-temperature foods.

    Avoid cooking over hot stoves or fires, especially during the day; and remember to pack some cold or frozen treats to help you cool off.
  9. Lay a wet towel or bandana on your neck.

    If you’re feeling overheated, soak a towel or bandana in cool water and lay it over your forehead or around your neck.
  10. Stay hydrated.

    Last, but definitely not least, stay hydrated! This is one of the easiest ways to stay cool in the summer heat. Make sure you’re drinking at least 64 ounces of water per day and replenish electrolytes lost through sweat by eating fruits, dairy, and poultry.

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