Camping in summer is a double-edged sword — on one hand, summer is the season to get outside, go exploring, enjoy the long hot days and the warm pleasant nights. On the other hand, waking up in a hot tent on a blistering day can put anyone off camping in summer. Here are a few tips for staying cool while camping.
Whether you’re pitching a tent, sleeping in a campervan or have the full caravan set up — shade is going to be your best friend when camping this summer.
Your tent will be like a greenhouse, or even a sauna, if it’s in direct sunlight. Even if you do have air conditioning in your camper or caravan — you’re camping! Nobody wants to be cooped up inside when the purpose of camping is being outside in nature, while your neighbours might not appreciate you idling the van for an hour.
To keep your tent cool in summer, choose a spot that will be in the shade from midday onwards. In the morning, it doesn't matter so much and it is easier to keep a tent cool in the softer morning light. Come midday, however, and the heat is on. A strategic camping spot for the afternoon heat will help in staying cool while camping.
If you do camp underneath a tree, be aware of the health of the tree. If it is an old or rotten tree, there is a greater chance of branches falling on your tent. Opt for a camping spot that reduces this risk, or at least be fully confident that any branches above are large branches that are unlikely to fall.
Consider the weather forecast
If it is a blistering hot day ahead but there is potential for some wind, adjust your tent so that the wind can stream through your windows to keep the tent cool.
Set up next to a water source.
Another great tip is to camp near water if possible. Not only will the breeze coming off the water cool down your area, but a refreshing dip is just a few feet away! If you don’t score a waterside spot, take a cold shower from the camp amenities if possible, or even consider bringing an inflatable pool for yourself, the kids and even the dog to splash in.