The weather is warming up and with the summer holidays right around the corner, there’s no better time to enjoy some good old-fashioned tent camping. As any camper knows, the summer sun can sometimes turn a tent into an oven. Here are our best tips and tricks for staying cool at a steamy campsite.
- Location, location, location!
Choose a campground located in a shady woodland area, where temperatures are much cooler than under the blistering sun. Pick a campsite that will be in the shade during the hottest part of the day, from late morning through the afternoon. It’s also helpful to choose a campsite located nearby a nice, cool lake or river, so that a refreshing dip is only a few steps away!
- Pack your clothing wisely.
Your attire can make a huge difference in whether you feel comfortably warm or like a steaming baked potato. Light-colored clothing reflects sunlight, while loose-fitting cotton breathes well. At tight-fitting, dark outfit may look stylish, but who cares about looks when you feel like you’re wearing a steamer bag?
- Bring a fan!
If your campsite offers an electrical hookup, rig up some homemade AC. Set a large block of ice in a bowl in front of an electric fan. The fan’s breeze will blow past the ice and spread a refreshing chill through the campsite (and make you the hero of the day). No electrical hookup at your campsite? That’s okay! Battery-operated and solar fans are two excellent alternatives to electric fans.
- Stay hydrated!
When you’re sweating as much as Bear Grylls at the end of an episode of Man vs. Wild, it’s important to replenish these fluids with plenty of liquids. The more delicious the beverage, the more likely you’ll be to want to drink lots of it. Check out our handy list of all natural and DIY drinks to help you stay hydrated and refreshed: Cool drinks ahead..!