5 Ways to Stay Cool While Summer Camping

Don't let the heat spoil your fun while camping in the summer. These 5 tips will show you how to stay cool and fresh while camping in the summer.

from Martin Gebhardt | Camping | reading time 1 Min
Updated on 14 February 2024 5.846 views 100% found this guide helpful
5 Ways to Stay Cool While Summer Camping

Martin Gebhardt

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👉 The key facts from this guide

  • Set up your tent in a shady spot and take advantage of a constant breeze
  • Create your own shade with reflective tarps or cover tarps
  • Move your tent to protect it from direct sunlight
  • Open doors and windows to allow air to circulate inside the tent
  • Take care of yourself: wear light, breathable clothing and drink plenty of water
  • Check the weather forecast to avoid unexpected rain

In the scorching sun and the large number of campers at a single campsite, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the heat.

But don't worry - there are many ways to beat the summer heat when you're out and about.

Don't let the heat spoil the fun of your adventure - after all, summer is still the best season for camping.

Set up your tent in a shady spot

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On a hot summer day, it is essential where you pitch your tent.

But in summer, it is difficult to find a good spot as most campsites are crowded.

In the ideal case, you pitch your tent in a shady spot where a constant breeze blows.

If you can't find a shady spot, you can use your car as a heat shield.

Pitch your tent in the late afternoon when the sun is less intense, so you don't feel like you're entering a sauna.

Create your own shadow

Use a reflective tarp or a cover tarp as a shade provider that you simply slip over the tent roof.

So you reflect the heat back into the sky and your tent doesn't heat up.

If you find trees to which you can tie the tent, use a regular tarp as a roof over your tent.

Move Your Tent

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To keep the heat out of your tent, you should take it down in the morning after waking up and only set it up again in the afternoon.

You don't have to completely dismantle it and store it in a bag. It is enough to fold it together so that no warm air can accumulate.

If this is not possible, you should protect it from direct sunlight when you are not using it or when you are not in storage.

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Open up!

To allow air to circulate in the tent, you should open the doors and windows.

When it's time to sleep, you can close the zippers and instead remove the rain cover so that heat and moisture can escape.

Because when you sleep, the hot air rises inside the tent and condenses on the rain fly.

Don't forget to check the weather forecast beforehand to make sure it doesn't unexpectedly rain.

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Take care of yourself

Bright and breathable clothing ensures that you feel comfortable during summer camping.

On a particularly hot sunny day, you should dip a piece of fabric in water and tie it around your neck to cool down.

Furthermore, it is recommended to take a shower before going to bed and always drink plenty of fluids.

If you follow these simple methods to keep a cool head while summer camping, the heat won't spoil your fun anymore.

Take care, Martin
Martin Gebhardt

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Martin Gebhardt

Hey, I'm Martin. On my blog, you will learn the basics and numerous details about living in the wild. I think survival, bushcraft and the good life in nature are the keys to happiness. Find me here on Instagram or on YouTube. You can find more about my mission on the About Me page.

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