Camping during the summer months requires a good deal of planning. Part of that planning should include finding ways to stay cool. After all, extreme heat can cause serious illness and even death. With that said, here's a quick rundown on five ways to stay cool during summer camping trips:
One of the best ways to cool down while camping is to drink appropriate amounts of non-sugary, non-alcoholic beverages. In my opinion, water is the best choice. Sports drinks and Pedialyte are also good to have around because they help to replenish minerals and salts lost during sweating. How much water you should drink partially depends on the weather and your activity level.
Schedule Activities Appropriately
In my experience, scheduling camping activities based on air temperature is also helpful when it comes to staying cool. Highly strenuous activities should be reserved for the cooler parts of the day or postponed until it is safe to complete them. Keep in mind that the hottest times of the day will vary based on your camping location. Therefore, it is a good idea to check the local weather forecast on a daily basis and adjust your schedule accordingly.
Limit Exposure to Direct Sunlight
Limiting exposure to direct sunlight will also go a long way in keeping you cool. As such, you will want to look for campsites and trails that afford some degree of shade. Wearing sunscreen is also a good idea. Depending on where you are camping, you may also want to seek relief in an air-conditioned recreation room, bath house or camp store. Using tents with a high UPF rating should also help reduce sun exposure.
Wear Appropriate Clothing
Wearing loose, appropriate clothing also has the potential to help you beat the heat. I would suggest that you consider wearing light-weight, moisture-wicking, light-colored fabrics with a high UPF rating during your summer camping trips. I have found that synthetic fabrics with a 50 or higher UPF rating tend to work well. Wide brim hats and polarized sunglasses are also worthy of consideration.
Going for a swim, taking a cool shower or misting yourself with cool water is another way to stay cool while camping. As such, I'd suggest selecting a camping area that affords access to swimming areas or a modern bath house. As far as the misting bottles go, you can generally purchase one at discount stores for less than $2. Some of the bottles are outfitted with battery operated fans.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys summer sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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