When you’re camping in extremely hot weather, getting into a hot tent and not being able to sleep can seriously ruin your camping experience. Finding ways to lower the temperature just a few degrees can make all the difference. Here are some ways you can keep your tent that bit cooler, and have a much better time.
Pitch up in a Shady Spot
This is a pretty obvious one, but still neglected by many. There might be a sunny spot next to some amenities or near your friends that looks great. But you won’t be thinking so when you step into the tent late at night and it’s like a sauna in there. So pick the best shady spot you can find and claim it.
Take Your Tent down during the Day
Hopefully, you have setting up and taking down your tent to a fine art. Because taking down your tent during the day and keeping it somewhere cool is going to make a massive difference to how warm it is when you get in. It’s definitely worth travelling with a light portable tent in the summer that’s quick and easy to set up.
Use a Summer Tent with Mesh Windows
If you have an all-purpose tent it’s probably not the best for extremely hot conditions. Most tents are designed to keep you warm and dry. Tents with mesh windows keep much cooler in the hot weather. The mesh keeps the bugs out too so don’t worry about being bitten.
Place a Ground Cover under Your Tent
There are a lot of reasons why you should be using a ground cover under your tent. One of which is to keep the floor of the tent a little cooler. The floor soaks up heat throughout the day, a ground sheet creates a barrier between your tent and floor and keeps some of that heat out.
Face Your Tent towards a Breeze and Leave the Entrance Open
If you can capture a breeze and let it flow through your tent during the day you can lower the temperature dramatically. This relies on a couple of things; finding a nice breeze, and being able to leave your tent open. See what you can do next time you pitch up.
Make Your Own Shade
If you can’t find somewhere to set up your tent in the shade then you can always make your own shade. It depends how resourceful and creative you are. Tieing some tarps across some branches above your tent will do, the more layers you can add the more effective it will be.
Reflect the Sun with Emergency Space Blankets
Emergency space blankets are handy items to have with you in your camping kit for a number of reasons. They can prevent hypothermia in the extreme cold, and reflect the sun in the extreme heat. Fix a couple of these blankets to the roof of your tent and you will reduce the heat soaking inside.
Invest in Some Battery Powered Fans
Little battery powered fans will make a bit of a difference. You can get some pretty decent ones that run quietly and will not disturb your sleep. Well, no more than being extremely hot will disturb you. Try and set one up to blow a gentle breeze on your head overnight.
There you go, more than enough ways to reduce the heat your tent will soak up. Dropping the temperature just a few degrees makes a massive difference, as does having a good night’s sleep. Happy camping!