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.