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3 tips to staying cool while camping

When you’re camping in warm temperatures, the basics of beating the heat boil down to the basics of life: shelter, water and food.
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January 22, 2018 01:29 PM
Red, white & navy tent lakeside, sun coming through trees
  1. Shelter

    Before you lay your tarp, find a place that will get the most shade in the afternoon and early evening, the hottest parts of the day. Then turn your tent’s windows toward the wind so you can catch nature’s air-conditioning as you sleep.

    If you’re looking for even more circulation, pack some battery-powered fans for your tent. Also, be sure to bring some bed sheets; sometimes they’re all you need to cover up. Boost your nighttime comfort by sleeping on top of your sleeping bag for a little extra padding.

    During the day, use your shelter early and often. Plan your outside activities according to the sun. Take hikes or bike rides in the morning when it’s cooler. Enjoy the water during the hottest parts of the day. And no matter when you leave your shelter, remember to apply and reapply sunscreen.

  2. Water

    Each time you put on the sunblock, grab some water. Fruit and vegetable juices and even herbal teas will also quench your thirst on hot days. Unfortunately, some of the most popular campsite drinks, including soda, coffee and beer, do the lousiest job keeping you hydrated. Be sure to balance these kinds of drinks with extra water, juice and tea.

  3. Food

    So what do you pair with those drinks at mealtime? Cool foods. At lunch, often the hottest time of the day, a salad with chilled grilled chicken or ham from last night’s dinner will serve up taste without the heat and heaviness of a hearty meal.

    Packing cold cuts and bread for some easy sandwiches will keep you from sweating your mid-day meal, too. Add fruit, carrots, celery or your favorite gelatin dessert on the side, and you’ll have a flavorful, refreshing meal.

    If you really want to cook, spend less time over a hot stove at your campsite by preparing some of your food in advance—at home in the air conditioning.

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