How to Stay Cool While Camping During the Summer

Summertime and the livin’s easy… until it’s so hot outside that you can’t sleep comfortably at your campsite. We know there’s nothing worse than a poor night’s sleep, which is why we compiled our favorite tips and tricks for staying cool while you get some zzz’s.

Know the Climate of Your Campsite

When spending extended amounts of time in hot weather, it is imperative to know the region and what the climate will be like at all times of the day. If you’re headed to the desert, temperatures can drop significantly at night, and if you’re somewhere tropical an afternoon shower can sometimes turn into a flooded campsite.

Do your research and make sure you’re prepared for any type of weather that
can accompany the heat!

Stay in the Shade During the Middle of the Day

Getting outside and exploring is one of the best parts about camping, but if you’re spending time in a high-temp region, you’ll want to get these activities done at the beginning and end of the day in order to avoid sunburns.

When you get a sunburn, your body sends blood to the affected area to heal it.
This extra blood flow will increase your body temperature, making you much more uncomfortable at night when you’re trying to relax or sleep.

If you do go out in the sun, remember to wear sunscreen! Your mama will thank you.

Sleep Solo (and Off the Ground)

There’s nothing more romantic than sleeping under the stars with your loved one, but if it’s too hot outside you may want to consider splitting up to get some zzz’s.

Sleeping next to another warm body can be extremely uncomfortable, so spend some quality time together and forgo sharing a tent to stay cool.

Want to take cool sleeping to another level? Make sure you sleep in a tent cot! Getting off the ground allows airflow through the bottom of your tent, making warm weather sleeping more comfortable.


Keep Food and Drinks Cool with a Top Notch Cooler

The key to keeping food and drinks cold while camping is investing in a nice cooler that can retain ice for longer periods of time. Our second tip is using blocks of ice rather than ice cubes, as they melt much slower.


Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is one of the most important things that you can do while camping in the heat! In normal temperatures, our bodies need about 2 liters of water a day, so we suggest upping your water intake to 3 liters while spending time in the heat.

Safety First: Know the Signs of a Heat Stroke

All of these tips are extremely helpful for staying cool in hot weather, but sometimes things don’t go as planned. Make sure to know the signs of heat stroke early so that you can help friends and family as quickly as possible. Things to look out for include:

  • Tiredness and weakness
  • Feeling faint or dizzy
  • A decrease in blood pressure
  • A headache
  • Muscle cramps
  • Feeling and being sick
  • Heavy sweating
  • Intense thirst
  • A fast pulse
  • Urinating less often and having much darker urine than usual


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