Camping in the Heat: Surviving and Thriving in the Great Outdoors
There’s nothing like a summer night spent camping: reconnecting with nature, escaping the daily grind, and creating lasting memories. But when the mercury rises and the summer heat intensifies camping can present some unique (and sweaty) challenges. But fear not! With the right preparation and a few handy tips, you can still have a fantastic camping experience even in the dog days of summer.
Your Home Away from Home
Keep It Breezy
Airflow is key to staying cool in the summer. Ensuring your rig is oriented with the breeze and popping open a window can make all the difference. Taking advantage of the wind patterns and keeping your windows open during the night to get the most benefit from the breeze. Make sure to close your windows each morning to trap as much cool air as possible in your RV.
If you’re in a tent and the rain chance is low, take the rain fly off and sleep with the vents exposed. Removing your rain fly allows the heat and moisture that accumulate from your body and breathing to escape through the top of the tent. When it’s hot out, this can make a huge difference.
Insulate and Reflect Heat
It sounds simple, but a big key to keeping your RV cool involves insulation. Investing in insulation materials for windows, such as reflective shades or thermal curtains, can save you money in the long run by reducing your AC burden and will help keep you cool all summer long. You can also keep the heat out of your RV by coating your rig with a reflective barrier to minimize heat absorption.
Water, Water, Water
Staying hydrated is crucial all summer long but especially when you’re outside for large parts of the day. Always make sure to have plenty of water and make it a habit to drink regularly, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Consider using a hydration pack or carrying a reusable water bottle (Stanley cups are in fashion now) to have water readily available at all times.
The Fit for Summer
Wearing the right clothing can make a significant difference in combating the heat. Opt for loose-fitting, lightweight, and breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. Choose light-colored clothing that reflects the sunlight instead of absorbing it. Don’t forget to protect your head and face with a wide-brimmed hat and apply sunscreen regularly to shield your skin from harmful UV rays
Camping in the heat requires a bit of extra planning and preparation, but it doesn’t have to dampen your outdoor experience. By keeping your home away from home hot weather ready, staying hydrated and dressing appropriately you won’t sweat the summer camping season.