• Kern River's Edge Team

5 tips on how to stay cool while camping




Camping can be a great and memorable experience; however, it can also turn into a very uncomfortable situation if you're not adequately prepared for the heat.


That being said, there are easy steps you can take to make sure you have everything you need to stay cool while camping. Here are 5 tips to get you started.


Plan plenty of fun water activities

Camping can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors and take advantage of the warm weather. However, it's important to stay cool and avoid heat exhaustion. Planning a variety of water activities is a great way to stay cool while camping.


Swimming, rafting, and kayaking are all fun ways to stay cool while enjoying the outdoors. In addition to these activities, consider setting up a sprinkler or slip-and-slide. These items are inexpensive and can provide hours of fun for kids of all ages.

For more tips, check out this guide on how to camp with babies.

Make sure to hydrate well

One of the most important things you can do while camping is to hydrate well. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you're not thirsty. It's also a good idea to avoid alcoholic beverages (since they can actually cause you to become dehydrated).


If at any point you start to feel overheated, seek out a cooler environment and take a break from physical activity.

For more tips, check out this guide on how to keep food cold while camping.

Wear light, cool clothing

When camping in hot weather, it’s always important to dress for the occasion. Lightweight, breathable fabrics will help you stay cool, and loose-fitting clothes will allow your skin to air out. In addition, wearing a hat will help to keep the sun off your face and protect you from harmful UV rays. And as always, don’t forget to pack the sunblock and reapply throughout the day.

For more tips, check out this guide on what to wear when camping.

Bring something for extra shade

Nothing ruins a camping trip quite like being uncomfortably hot. When the sun is beating down on you and your loved ones, it can be hard to find a spot to escape the heat. That's why bringing an Easy Up or Pop Up can make all the difference. This extra shade can provide instant relief from the sun and can be placed where you need it most. Make sure to find one that is quick and easy to set up.


Bring a small towel and keep it damp

Anyone who has ever been camping in the summer knows that the heat can be oppressive. During the day, the sun beats down mercilessly, and at night, the temperature can drop only marginally. As a result, it can be difficult to get a good night's sleep. One way to stay cool while camping is to bring a small towel and to dip in water throughout the day and night. The evaporation of the water will help to cool your skin, and the towel will also provide some insulation from the heat. Taking a shower right before bedtime helps allow you to fall asleep easier too.

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