With the heatwave impending it is important that you keep cool and comfortable whilst camping. Now, it’s quite rare that we say that, but there is nothing worse than trying to sleep in extreme heat. Battling with the heat doesn’t need to be a struggle. With just a few tweaks to your sleep setup and a handful of hacks you can transform your camping trip.
Get set up in the shade
When choosing where to pitch your tent try to choose a spot that will remain in the shade for the most-part of the day. The last thing you want is the sun beating down on your tent all day long making it unbearable in the evening.
Remove your rainfly
Your tent’s rainfly is great for winter months, keeping heat produced by your body locked in and water out. However, in summer months it can leave your tent sweltering hot – less than ideal for sleeping. With the unpredictable weather we have in Wales it is important that you don’t forget to pack this when you make your trip through – just in case – but removing this when the forecast is looking good will help your body heat to escape and make your tent several degrees cooler.
Choose the right tent
A few things can make some tents better than others when it comes to warmer weather. The most important of these is ventilation such as mesh canopies and vents. Double door designed tents will help better with airflow and allow heat to escape quickly. It is also wise to opt for a bigger tent than you would usually as there is more space to ‘heat up’ inside than a smaller one.
Use the breeze to your advantage
When pitching up try to pitch where the entrance is facing the direction of the wind. To find out the wind direction refer to the weather forecast. By doing so you will increase your airflow.
Reflect the heat away from your tent
If you are unable to find a shaded spot the next best thing is to find some reflective materials to reflect heat away – reflective survival blankets are good and also small to pack. The best way to do this is to suspend them approximately a foot away from your tent.
Bring a tent fan
Did you know there is such a thing as tent fans? This quiet, lightweight alternative can be attached via the loops inside your tent and make your sweating camping trip more tolerable.