Camping rules: Gazing at the stars, breathing in the fresh air, jumping in the lake, cooking on the fire, storytelling around the bonfire, listening to the birds, reading, relaxing, and the list continues…..
Did you just get enticed? An obvious yes is your answer, right? All these activities bring a wave of cheer among all of us and take us back to nature with the will of experiencing complete solitude through camping. Said that, when the tilt of the earth sets our hemisphere directly in the sun’s loving gaze, it is time for us to buckle up for summer camping.
Grabbing some clothes, packing food, picking frisbees, and hitting the road with family sets an immense emotion of joy. However, one thing that sets us back is the scorching temperature and the humid weather, which makes us exhausted.
To keep you all pumped up and cheered all the time, we have penned down some ultimate tips that will help you stay cool while camping in hot weather. Read through to make the most of your summer camping trip this year with these bits of insights into ways to keep cool and comfortable cool hot weather.
Beat the heat when it sneaks up!
- Set up your tent in the shade
Pitch your camping tent only after you have analyzed a position that provides an ample amount of shade during the hottest hours of the day. However, don’t worry about the evening sun as that’s no biggie, and temperatures fall, making the evening time a bit cooler by then (hopefully!). Therefore, shade is your cooling agent during the morning and afternoon.
- Find a water body
Pitch your tent near a water body that could be a lake, riverside, or sea. Camping in hot temperatures gets way more enjoyable when you can dip in and out of a river or lake whenever the need arises. Also, playing water sports by bringing a beach ball, frisbee, and an inflatable ring will get all the cool and happy campers on your side! Even a small creek or stream to paddle in and splash yourself with can make a big difference.
- Go for a cool tent
Yes, you may come across some mega cool tents in the market that can beat off the heat but may not be very effective when the mercury starts rising. So, when you buy a camping tent for hot weather, choose something light in color that can effectively reflect the heat keeping the tent cool. A lightweight double-walled tent incorporated with mesh inner offers incredible ventilation and is a wise choice.
- Keep the vents open
If you miss having the luxury of a mesh inner camping tent to strip down to, then keep all the doors, windows, and vents wide open. It will keep your tent cool all night and allows you to get the beautiful baby sleep under the bed of stars.
- Get a tent fan
Struggling to get a normal breeze into your tent? At this point, add some cool to your tent with a convenient fan. Snare it to the roof of your tent around evening time, or put it on your supper table to get some reprieve during dinner times.
- Sleep in a hammock
Sleeping in a hammock is another trick to stay cool at night when you camp in hot conditions. The hammock is optimally designed with the lack of mattress beneath that ultimately helps to keep you cooler. Additionally, if you set up your tarp nicely, you’ll allow a good through-breeze above and below you.
- Keep yourself hydrated
Drinking an ample amount of water is the best possible way to beat off the scorching temperatures and keep yourself cool during camping. Two liters of water are ideal for normal days, but when you are in hot conditions, try to intake at least 3 liters to stay active. Avoid every supplement that triggers your thirst, and you end up getting all exhausted and dehydrated.
Don’t forget to have a complete backup of hydration packs, supplements, water bottles to keep it really cool. Said that, in this way, you’re more likely to drink the required gallons of water after proper intervals of time.
- Replenish your electrolytes
We often sweat more than usual under the blazing sun, which ultimately leads to loss of salt and water from the body. So, it is highly imperative to add some electrolyte replenishing supplements to your water and make for the loss. Don’t screw your camping expedition by skipping on the electrolyte supplements.
- Pick light colors
A very effective trick in keeping yourself cool while camping in summers would be scrapping all the dark clothes from your camping gear. They often retain the warmth of the sun and cause you to feel much more blistering. Instead, go for the light-shaded attires that do an incredible job reflecting the heat away from the already hot body.
- Swimming and snorkeling
Getting in cool water is the most self-evident and agreeable approach to remain engaged in the warmth. Search out some wild swimming spots and go through the day dunking all through the water.
Once you gauge the water and weather conditions, swimming or snorkeling are extraordinary ways to remain all charged up and refreshed in the warmth. Furthermore, they can become an incredible experience as well.
Reminder: Don’t forget to carry the snorkelling equipment.
- Head for the mountains
When getting into cold water doesn’t brighten your day, buckle yourself and get onto the voyage of exploring the lush green mountains nearby your camping site. Along with enjoying the lower temperature, sweet breeze, you experience complete serenity and scenic beauty in the valleys.
Signs of heat exhaustion
The tips mentioned above, when followed, will definitely help you stay cool even in the scorching and blazing temperatures. They are highly effective in preventing heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
However, sometimes things may turn around and don’t fall according to plan, so it is critical to have some awareness of the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke. Knowing them means taking early and timely action.
Therefore, we have penned down all such signs that you need to look out for:
- tiredness and weakness
- feeling faint or dizzy
- feeling and being sick
- a decrease in blood pressure
- a headache
- muscle cramps
- heavy sweating
- intense thirst
- a fast pulse
- urinating less often and having much darker urine than usual
Summer camping in the high temperature is definitely not without its downsides! However, if you are able to find ways to stay cool, there is no other better time of the year to chill and relax in the water and play in the outdoors.
We hope that these tips on how to stay cool while camping in the summers will help you make your next sunny adventure getaway more comfortable and memorable!