When it is 100 degrees even in the shade, there is not much you can do to keep cool besides finding an air conditioner unit. And, yes, I have seen AC units in tents. However, if you are going camping during the hottest months, there are a few things you can do to keep you a bit cooler when sleeping.
- Set up your tent when it gets dark and take it down during the day.
- Use a ground cover between the dirt and your tent.
- Pitch your tent in the shadiest spot in the campsite.
- Create a solid sunshade over your tent using two tarps or a reflective space blanket. Tie the tarps or blanket to the shade trees surrounding your tent, leaving a couple of feet between each layer allowing the breeze to flow through.
- If allowed, dig a two-foot deep pit, large enough to fit your tent, and set your tent in the pit.
- Pick a larger, cabin-style tent with plenty of mesh windows. These types of tents stay cooler.
- Place your tent facing the wind and keep all windows open to let air circulate.
- Do not put the rain fly over your tent.
- Use battery-operated fans. Place a bowl of ice in front of it for even cooler air.
- Forgo the tent all together and sleep in a hammock or a mosquito cot tent.
Other ways to keep cool:
- Soak a towel or bandana in ice water and wrap it around your neck or head. This will also work if you dip your hat or cap in ice water.
- Use personal fans or put a misting system in your EZ shade.
- Go for a swim or take a cold shower.
- Drink plenty of water and sports drinks.
For more posts about coping with extreme summer temperatures, read the following posts:
- Summertime at the Gun Range Safety Tips
- Heat Related Illnesses: Prevention and Treatment
- Extreme Heat Survival
- Summer Shooting
How do you stay cool while camping in the summer? Help others out by sharing your secrets in the comment section.
Introduced to shooting at young age by her older brother, Suzanne Wiley took to the shooting sports and developed a deep love for it over the years. Today, she enjoys plinking with her S&W M&P 15-22, loves revolvers, the 1911, short-barreled AR-15s, and shooting full auto when she gets the chance. Suzanne specializes in writing for the female shooter, beginner shooter, and the modern-day prepper. Suzanne is a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!
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