Camping in summer is the best, but it does require certain preparation that's different to the winter months. But the Christmas break and summer holidays are the time when most of us have time off, not to mention it’s a beautiful time to get outside, so don’t let a few little hurdles stop you.
Embrace the Shade
If you can find a camping spot in the shade, take it. Letting trees absorb the sunlight, instead of your tent, will go a long way in keeping you cool.
Enjoy the Breeze
The wind is nature’s air conditioning. Even if there is not a significant breeze, making use of it is a critical move in staying cool during summer camping. Once you figure out which direction the wind will be coming from, face your tent door into the wind.
During the day, keep the windows open and try to let the air circulate through the tent as much as possible. Also, remember to keep the vents open as this will allow for air circulation and prevent any condensation.
Checkout your Site
Before you unpack, look at the time of day and where the sun will be in the afternoon. We also recommend you check the site out for any ant hills, and it's never recommended to camp under trees as you never know when a branch may break off.
Keep it Cool
Once you've got your food and drinks set up in your cooler, try to only open when required. Any constant opening and closing will cause the contents to lose their cool temperature. When picking what food to bring on your camping trip, opt for breakfast and lunch options that don't require any cooking - much easier!
Hydration is the most crucial part of staying cool, safe and healthy on camping trips. Since your body is made of about 60% water, keeping it properly hydrated is one of the best weapons against overheating.
We recommend taking light, breathable clothes on summer camping trips as they will not only provide protection from the Aussie sun, but they'll also keep you much cooler during the day. Don't forget to also be applying sunscreen regularly throughout the day to protect your skin from the sun and prevent sunburns. It's also important to wear a hat and sunglasses for additional protection.
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