How to Stay Cool While Camping


If you’re taking a summer trip outdoors, one question you’ll have is how to stay cool while camping in a tent.

Depending on where in the country you’ll be camping, aside from the hot weather, you might also be dealing with high levels of humidity. These camping hacks will help you stay cool whether you’re in a shelter or camping in the heat. 

Portable Air Conditioning And Fans

Let’s start with the easy way out, portable air conditioning. Yes, you read that correctly, portable air conditioning, these mini-units are designed to run on the 12 volts your auto battery puts out. How long your battery is going to last is another matter.

However, you can also look into portable battery-operated fans, these are small enough where they don’t take up any room and will keep the air circulating and create a chilling effect. This is also helpful when camping in locations with high levels of humidity, the air circulation will definitely make it feel less stuffy.

Depending on how much circulation you require, they even make fans that are powered off USB and can run off a power brick (the same one that charges your cell phone). 

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Look for a Shady Spot

It might seem like a no-brainer to camp under the shade of a big tree, but often you do not get the opportunity to pick a campsite.

Spending time at RV campgrounds it does not take long to see that some sites are better than others. KOA campgrounds often let their guests pick their site which helps when you return for another visit and know the lay of the land. This is a simple camping hack that can make all the difference.

Cover Up The Holes and Light Vents

If you’re in a self-contained RV, the onboard air conditioning may just work for you. You can plug into shore power or have it run off a generator fed from your larger gas tank.

Just like at home you don’t leave the doors open or windows open when the A/C is running, the same goes for your RV.

Make sure you cover up all and any air and light vents in the ceiling, consider covering windows with reflective screens and this will help minimize warmer outside air sneaking in.

LED Lights Are Your Best Friend

Forget the Coleman lantern and most other camping gear that emits heat. Cool-burning LED lights illuminate a space more efficiently and last up to ten times longer than incandescent bulbs.

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Wear Breathable And Dri-FIT Clothing

Believe it or not what your wear makes a huge difference in helping you cool down. It’s recommended to always wear light-colored clothing made of quick-drying material, like Dri-FIT or any other type of active clothes wear.

This type of material helps the sweat on your clothes dry quicker and prevent it from sticking to you, in turn helping your core body temperature stay cool. Also, don’t forget to pack a hat! Again, another simple camping hack that’s so simple a lot of campers overlook it.

Pay Attention To The Direction Of The Wind

When setting up camp make sure you set up your campsite above upwind, if possible. That way air will blow towards you, not away from you. If the wind is blowing from the North, your campsite should be positioned facing North that way you’ll receive the cool air and not guard against it.

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Cooling Towels

Cooling towels are lifesavers, whether you’re on a long hike or trying to cool after a long day. All you have to do is run it under some water and you’re good to go.

Depending on the towel’s material and the weather they can keep you cool anywhere from two to five hours.

If you happen to be hiking or camping in a hot and dry environment, your towel will dry out a little quicker, but just pour some water over it and the problem is solved.

The best part is that they’re actually pretty inexpensive and come various sizes and colors.

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