How To Keep Your Tent Cool On Summer Trips


Summer has come and with the nice and warm weather came to an idea about going on a camping trip with your friends. It sounds like a great idea in theory, but after a few minutes, you’ll start questioning that idea because it is unbearably hot outside. sleeping in a hammock

Before you decide to cancel the trip, read this article. You’ll find about the things you can do to keep your tent cool while it is hot outside, so you can sleep and spend time in it without the fear of suffering a heat stroke. And you’ll be able to rest properly, so when the time comes for your hike, you don’t feel too tired. It is not hard and complicated, and these tips will make your trip way more comfortable, even when it is burning hot outside.

Take Care Of The Tent For The Beginning

The first thing you’ll have to do is to get the best possible tent for the summer because the material could really make a difference. Getting a cotton one will help you cool it off faster because cotton doesn’t retain the heat as much as nylon or polyester does. The ideal option is a 2-season tent.

The Bigger The Better

While at the shop, look and go for the big one that looks like a cabin. The bigger your tent is, the greater the airflow will be and you’ll feel like you have an air conditioner. For better air circulation and ventilation, make sure your tent has windows you can open to let even more air get in, and with all the space it can circulate constantly. If the forecast says it won’t be raining, feel free to take the rainfly off, because it can keep the heat in the tent and lower the airflow.

When To Set Up And Break Down Your Tent

During the hot, summer days, it is way easier to function when the sun starts to set, so this time is the best period to set up your tent. And if it is not hard to do and it doesn’t take up much time to break it, you could do it in the morning and place it somewhere in the shade, so it doesn’t heat up during the hot summer daylight and stays hot during the night. ‘

You should also place a ground cover underneath your tent. It will not only keep away the dirt from your tent and help clean it, but it will also absorb the heat coming from the ground, lowering your tent temperature.

Look For Shade And Get Ready To Dig

If you don’t want to break your tent every morning to keep it cool, you should look for a shaded spot. It will keep the direct sunlight away from your tent and it will not warm up so quickly. This will make the cooling process way easier.

Another “trick” is to place your tent so the wind blows directly into your mesh windows. This combined with the open windows during the day will remove the heat from the inside.

And why did we mention digging? Well, if it is allowed, dig a two feet deep pit, and set your tent there. This will keep it a bit cooler.

How To Cool The Air

You’ve learned how to choose the proper tent, and also how to place it so it doesn’t get under direct sunlight, but sometimes even the shadiest place on the campsite combined with the large tent and wide opened mesh windows facing the wind will just not be enough to remove the heat during the summer tent camping and you’ll need to do something to cool the air off. Luckily for you – there is something you can do.

Bring A Fan

Before you hit the road, check the info about your campsite and make sure it has electricity. For instance, some campsites don’t provide electric outlets as they want you to fully concentrate on nature and survival. If it has a place where you can insert an extension cord, use it to bring a fan in front of your tent, or attach it to it if it has the extension. And if there is no electricity, you could buy the battery-operated one that runs on 6 or 12 volts. Just make sure it doesn’t blow directly into your tent.

Enter Ice

A local gas pump or a store will most likely have a freezer with a big bag of ice, or even a block of ice. Take a shallow dish and place it directly in front of your fan, so the air cools off as it meets the ice. A possible problem with this option is the fact that ice will melt and you’ll have to make sure the bowl you’ve put it into is big enough to contain the water. Of course, you could empty it from time to time.

Get Portable Tent Air Conditioner

Same as with the fan, if you have the electricity available at your campsite, you could use a portable tent air conditioner. Look for the one that is small, compact and not too heavy so you can easily transport it. Or you could simply place it on some kind of stand and place it to blow into your tent. The problem with this option is the fact that it may need more energy, and you’ll have to know how big your tent is in square feet. When you go to buy an air conditioner, make sure to tell the seller what you need, or else you could end up buying a product that won’t be helpful. It is a good idea to test it at home before you go. And get a heavy-duty outdoor extension cord with at least 15 amps.

The fourth option is to get an HVAC system for your tent and use it to make your own sleeve and air duct directed into your tent to cool it off.

Get A Reflective Tarp

One of the most widely used ways on how to keep a tent cool is the reflective tarp. If you have a reflective tarp or a reflective space blanket you could use it to create a sunshade. Place them on the top of your tent’s roof, or use the nearby trees around your tent to tie them, while making sure there is at least some free space between the layers, so the air could flow between.  This way you’ll minimize the heat entering your tent and keep the sun away.

Additional Tips And Tricks


Besides these four main groups of tips and tricks regarding summer tent camping and how to keep a tent cool, there are some additional things you can do that will help you fight the hot temperature and stay as cool as possible.

Tent Alternatives That Can Help

While it is unimaginable to go on a camping trip without a tent, sometimes it can do more harm than good. Tents are most often made of nylon, polyester, or cotton. Nylon and polyester will contain the heat and it is harder to cool them off, and, while easier for lowering the temperature down, cotton tents are heavier and harder to carry around. This is why it may not be a bad idea to think about sleeping in a hammock or opting out of a mosquito cot tent.

It does have some cons like if the temperature suddenly drops or it becomes too windy, it can be cold, so it is recommended to make sure your hammock is the sleeping one. This type should be good for many conditions, and it will provide you with enough space to fully fit inside.

Sleeping in a hammock can be hard if there are lots of mosquitoes, because your skin will be easily reachable, so think about investing in some kind of insect repel product or a bug net. It can also be a bit hard on your back because you may not have enough space. If you want to lie flat, do it diagonally. And just in case, place a tarp above your hammock to prevent possible rain surprises while you’re asleep.

Drink Water, And Lots Of it!

To keep your organism cool, your body needs plenty of water. When the temperature is high, you’ll be sweating a lot and losing lots of fluid, so you’ll have to do your best to make it up and stay well hydrated. Don’t forget – water is used as a coolant for many things, and it has the same purpose in your body. Drinking sports drinks will also do the work. Stay hydrated!

Use A Wet Towel To Cool Yourself

During summer tent camping, the heat could become unbearable, and the only solution that helps is placing a wet, cold towel across your neck. When the night falls, use a cloth and place it on your forehead. Once it dries out, just reverse it. You could do it also with your shirt, bandana or your hat.

Shower Using Cold Water

Before you hit the sacks, take a quick shower using cold water. It will lower your temperature and serve as an inner air condition for a while, allowing you to make yourself more comfortable and sleep easily.

Don’t Wear Dark Colours

Dark surfaces attract, and light surfaces reflect the sun’s rays, so it is recommended to wear only light-colored clothes for your summer tent camping. This will help you stay cool during the day by reflecting some part of the heat. It is also good to stick to cotton or linen, the fabrics that allow your body to breathe. To stay fully protected, if you have a choice, opt-out for long sleeves, but if you don’t like that, make sure you have sunscreen on.

Replace The Sleeping Bag With A Sheet

During hot summer nights sleeping in a sleeping bag could be a nightmare. It may trap heat inside itself and stop the cool air from reaching your body. This is why you may like to have a cotton sheet with you instead of a sleeping bag. Place it on a mattress pad and you’ll be warm enough, but also have the ability to cool off and sleep well.

Sleep During Dark

Summer also means the morning will be hot, and the temperature in your tent could jump in a matter of minutes from pleasant to unbearable. To prevent it, try to get to your bed earlier, when the sun sets, and waking up before it fully rises, so you lower the chance of getting caught by it.

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The arrival of the summer means lots of chances to enjoy being outside with your friends and learning something new by visiting different campsites and by exploring nature during your hikes and backpacking trips, but it also means you’ll have to make sure the hot weather doesn’t ruin your adventure by forcing you to stay awake during the night because it is too hot to sleep. This article should show you enough tricks to fully tackle this topic and be fully prepared for your trip before you go.

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