Cool Down Your Tent With These Five Ideas for Camping in the Heat

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If you are heading out into the heat to do some camping, you may want to brainstorm some ways to keep your tent cool. There are a number of things you can do and features that can help. Take a look at these ideas:

1. Invest in a canvas tent

Instead of using a traditional nylon tent, consider investing in a canvas tent such as the kind available from shops that sell army disposals. The canvas is porous which helps air to flow through the tent, especially compared to a vinyl tent. However, if you are camping somewhere with rain in the forecast, you may prefer the impermeability of vinyl.

2. Substitute a canopy and military mesh

In lieu of a tent, create a relatively cool shelter using a canopy and some military mesh. The mesh keeps out bugs while letting in air, and it provides a reasonable amount of privacy. If you want to use the canopy as a place to hang out during the day, simply roll up the mesh and then roll it back down at the end of the night.

3. Use a misting system

You can buy misting systems which can be attached to either a tent or a canopy. These systems feature a small container of water and a mini pump which releases mist out of a hose attached to the mister. You can mist the outside of your tent which will help to lower the temps in your tent, or you can run the mister inside the tent to create a virtual cave of mist.

However, you need to bring ample batteries to ensure that the mister continues to work, and you need to be relatively careful that you only use an amount of water that will evaporate rather than so much water that your possessions get drenched.

4. Attach emergency space blankets to your tent

Emergency space blankets, also called mylar blankets, can also be purchased at army surplus shops. These blankets have a shiny side that works to repel sunlight. If you place them over the top of your tent or canopy, it can help to reflect some of the sunlight that is heating up your tent.

5. Investigate tent fans

Finally, you can also use a tent fan to cool down your space. There are a range of options from battery-operated fans to ones that can only be used if you are camping with a generator or in a spot with electricity available.

Keeping cool whilst camping can be a challenge, but with the right approach, you can easily beat the heat.

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29 July 2016

Organising Fabulous Camping Holidays: A Camping Blog

Welcome to my blog. My name is Michael, and I am an avid camper. In this blog, I plan to write about multiple aspects of camping with a particular focusing on organisation. With the right organisation, your holiday will be smoother, easier and more joyful than it could be. Among many other benefits, organisation ensures you know where the rain ponchos are when you need them, and it ensures you don't arrive to a full campground when you're exhausted. I love camping. Currently, I typically camp in a caravan with my wife, Michelle, and our two daughters, Mindi and Miranda, but in the past, I used to spend a lot of time solo camping in the outback or the bush. Thanks for reading!