How to Stay Cool when You Camp during the Summer

Nothing ruins a camp outing like sweating your jeans off and believe me I have been there.  To just put you in that frame of mind, let me tell you a story.  I went on a Boy Scout camping trip to a new scout camp.  The camp provided canvas tents that were sat on the side of a hill.  To go eat, we had to climb up one hill and down another.  This occurred at least six times a day.  While we climbed these mountains, the wind never blew.  The nighttime temperatures were miserable and the insects seemed to double in numbers compared to the night before but……………all in all we were comfortable.  How was this?  Well, continue to read to find out.

The first thing you need to do is to pack the correct equipment.  While some camp gear is multiseasonal, sleeping and tent gear is not.  To stay happy and comfortable starts off with a good night’s sleep.  To do this, starts off with an airy tent.  When shopping for a summertime tent, make sure that it has a rain fly, the seams are tight, it has good screens for cross wind ventilation, and is wind resistant.  All of these factors are important to deal with the diverse weather conditions of the summer. 

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Second, choose your bedding wisely.   To make the best “bed,” start off with a sleeping pad.  To stay as cool as possible, pick a lightweight sleeping pad that has closed cells.  Using a closed cell sleeping pad will allow you to sleep outside without worrying about popping the sleeping pad and/or filling it with fungus and bacteria.  While you have never heard of these two organisms invading a sleeping pad, they can in humid weather and when you move out of a tent to really sleep under the stars.

Lastly, do not forget to protect yourself.  This may seem like a weird thing to have on a list of items to help you stay cool in the summer but……. when you are bitten by insects or sunburned, the heat can itself make the situation worse.  In doing so, do not forget to pack a good bug repellant and sunscreen.  While most people know that sunscreen needs to be reapplied several times a day, many people do not know how to properly apply bug repellant.  Need to know how, check out this blog.

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