Tips for Camping in the heat
1. Choose your pitch wisely
Camping in the heat can have its perks: lovely long warm days and plenty of light. However, a good pitch is essential for maximising summer’s benefits and staying cool. Select a high pitch with a breeze if possible, or pick one that gets a lot of shade. If there’s no shade available in your campsite, set up a reflective tarp above the tent to give some protection; this is also a great place to keep food coolers and water bottles.
2. Use your sleeping bag liner
Rather than sleeping in full sleeping bags in the summer heat, you’ll find you likely sleep better using just the liner. Make sure the rest of the sleeping bag is available to use if the early morning hours are chilly.
Pitch your tent in the shade for maximum sun protection
3. Keep hydrated
On hot days, having lots of available drinking water is important — and actually drinking it is crucial. Make sure you know about your campsite’s water access and use insulated water bottles if possible to keep water cool. If you’re active outside in the heat, swimming or going on hikes, you should be drinking at least three litres of water per day.
4. Make sure pets are well-hydrated too
It’s crucial to keep any dogs or other pets cool and make sure they have plenty of water. Keep a travelling water bowl, refill it regularly and put it in a cool place, and make sure they have continuous access to it. Heading away with pets can be a great experience, and we've put together a few top tips on camping with dogs and the things you need to consider.
Remember to stay hydrated in the heat - a reusable water bottle is a must!
5. Make your tent a cool space
The last thing you want is a tent that doubles as a microwave. Cotton tents are less insulating than polyester ones, and are a better type of tent for summer. If you’ve picked the best, coolest location and your tent is still a hotbox, consider a portable tent fan or air conditioner built specifically for camping. Take the tent fly off completely and open the vents to catch passing breezes.
6. Pack an inflatable pool
If swimming isn’t an option, or you have small children, an inflatable pool is a good idea: it can keep kids cool (you may want to have it partially in the shade) and also give adults a place to splash their necks and faces with cold water. Soak your hat or bandana in it to give an extra dose of coolness.
Apply sun cream generously to avoid burning!
7. Always have sun protection available
Hats, long-sleeved loose shirts in breathable fabrics and sunscreen aren’t an optional extra when you’re camping in the heat; they’re essentials. Thin, light-coloured clothing will help reduce body temperature. Make sure often-ignored places like feet and the back of the neck are protected from sunburn, too.