How to stay cool in a tent

Camping is a worldwide activity done by thousands of families all around the world. It is loved by people of all ages. According to statistics, 40.5 million Americans went camping at least once in the year 2016. People go camping so that they can get a break from all sorts of work and the real world and just be in peace far in the woods away from all the hassle.

During summer camping, the weather isn’t the cold-shivering type, so you can run around and swim and do many more activities. However, these activities will definitely make you tired and exhausted, and you will need to cool off somewhere like the tent.

So, to make sure you get a nice place to cool down and rest, we will now discuss how to stay cool in a tent.

How to stay cool in a tent

Taking a shower:

If there’s a showering area available near your campsite, then you can try to take a shower over there to cool your body. Coldwater is better in this case since you will be camping in the summer, which usually means hot weather. If you don’t feel like showering or there isn’t enough water, then you can take some water and splash it onto your face and arms, and feet to cool the body parts that are exposed outside to the sun.

If there’s no showering area available, then you can always go and jump in a nearby lake or pool like the old-fashioned days. The cold water will reduce your body temperature and make sure you don’t heat up too much, and will help you to sleep properly afterward.

Get a fan:

The first electric fan was created by Dr. Schulyer Skaats Wheeler in the year 1886. Obviously, you can’t take your ceiling fan with you during camping. Therefore, you can take a fan with an extension cord if there’s electricity available at the campsite. If no electricity is available, then you can use a battery-powered fan to keep your body temperature cool.

However, we would suggest taking at least 2 battery-powered fans or several extra batteries, as they can run out of juice after they are operated for quite some time.  

Picking up the proper tent:

Tents are one of the main aspects when it comes to camping and getting the wrong one will cost you financially and physically, and you might never recover from it. Therefore, it is important to take your time, know all the facts and not rush when it comes to buying a tent. Since you are going to need a tent to survive during summer, your tent needs to have breathable features, so the best option would be one with several mesh windows so that there could be airflow in and out of the tent.

To pick up a good tent, we suggest you check out our tent’s section, in which we tried to share our experiences, especially in how to pick up good tents.

Now material-wise, we would suggest avoiding cotton, as they are very heavy and difficult to set up but still provide more cool compared to Nylon and Polyester. We would suggest Polyester since you would be camping during hot summer; they come with UV resistive properties and keep the tent cool for quite some time. Nylon is slightly better compared to polyester as it let more hot air from inside the tent escape and makes sure the tent is cool and comfortable.

Cotton tents are also good when it comes to polyester and nylon, as it can keep the tent cooler for quite some time. In spite of that, they are very bulky when it comes to mass and can be perplexing when it comes to setting it up.

If possible, try to get a big cabin-sized tent, as it has a lot of mesh windows to help with the cool air flowing in and out. This type of tent also has great ventilation to its colossal space on the inside, which keeps the cool air circulating properly on the inside and keeps the area cool and comfortable.

Avoid Sleeping bags:

When it comes to camping in the wild, sleeping bags are the first thought that comes to one’s mind when discussing sleeping methods. However, avoid that thought. Sleeping bags are created with materials that trap heat and provide warmth for your body. That is the last thing you need on a summer night while trying to sleep peacefully.

Using a sleeping bag will increase your body temperature and make your body soak with sweat. Instead, pack up cotton sheets and use those as cover for comfort. Despite all this, do pack a blanket with you just in case as sometimes after a really hot day, it can get real frosty at night. Therefore, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Miss out tents:

If you are going to be working near a furnace, you wouldn’t be wearing a full sleeve woolen T-shirt. Instead, you would be wearing something like a sleeveless vest made from cotton, which will help the airflow inside your body and keep your body cool and make sure that the body temperature doesn’t rise up.

Similar to that, since you will be camping in the wild during summer, you can skip out on buying the tent, save some money, and maybe get a tented shade instead if you want to. Without a tent, you will have much more airflow and less heat since there will be no boundaries. For sleeping, you can get a hammock and just tie it between two trees, and you don’t need to work much on it.

Shaded area set-up:

When looking for places to set up your tent, look for places where there are big trees that can surround your tent from almost all sides. That way, you will receive some shade, which will reduce the amount of heat inside your tent and keep the area cool and comfortable.

Remember that the sun moves in a specific direction during the day, so place your tent in a position, which will make sure that the tent gets the shade most of the time. However, do not try to set up camp near trees if you see the trees are half-broken or might fall down anytime, as they might be a potential hazard for everyone’s lives involved.

Try to take control of breezes if possible doesn’t matter how big or small as it will help the tent to stay cool, improve ventilation and change the airflow in and out of the tent and give a new fresh setting.

Drink your liquids:

Make sure to keep yourself hydrated at all times as that will prevent the body from heating up and try to make sure to drink cold water as it will be much more beneficial than drinking normal temperature water and avoid drinking hot water at all costs as that will just make the situation worse.


At the end of the day, everyone loves to have fun in the sun, but we all must make sure that we are properly hydrated and our body temperature is cooled down to prevent situations that might cause problems for others. While we are at it, don’t cool yourself down too much, that might cause cold and flu and will spread to others vitally and ruin the whole camping experience for everyone. In that case, you can also read our article on HOW TO STAY WARM IN A POP-UP CAMPER. Happy Camping!

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