Keep your Tent Cool this Summer
With amazing lineups at Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Outside Lands, summer 2016 is set to be both exciting and also one of the hottest in history. Tens of thousands of people will be tent camping at festivals this summer and it’s important to find ways to stay cool. As tempting as it may be to bring along a portable AC unit, we’ve got some far more affordable and creative ways to keep your tent cool this summer.
- More than anything, shade is the most important factor to ensure your tent doesn’t overheat. Aluminet shade technology will provide the camping shade needed to deflect heat, allow for proper airflow, and protect your tent from direct sunlight.
- Bring a cooler and buy some ice before you set up camp. A bowl of ice positioned in front of a battery-powered fan can do wonders for keeping your tent cool.
- Buy a tent that breathes. Try a tent made from a light material with at least two mesh windows.
- Festivals like Burning Man and Bonnaroo can get pretty crowded, creating a lot of extra heat. Set up your tent on the outskirts of the festival to stay cool and get a little privacy.
- The larger your tent, the better. Not only can you fit more people, but more room means better airflow.
- However, don’t overdo it with the amount of people sleeping in one tent. The more people in one tent, the more difficult it is for heat to escape.
- On sweltering summer days, the ground can get very hot. Lay down poncho liner below your tent to prevent extra heat from transferring to your tent.
- If you have the time, dig a small pit to place your tent in. It will take a bit of work, but the results will be worth it.
A few more tips to keep you cool and make your music festival experience a lot more enjoyable:
- Drink a lot of water and eat cold fruit. Staying hydrated will prevent heat stroke and can cool you down quickly.
- In arid climates such as Southern California, a little bit of shade can go a long way.
- If you have a cooler, take along some ice packs and apply them to your pulse points. Some sweet spots to hit include your feet, ankles, neck, and wrists.
- If you have the opportunity, take a cold shower or go for a swim during the heat of the day. If not, bring along a bandana and dip it in water throughout the day.
- To absorb less heat, wear lightweight clothing and avoid dark colors such as black, brown, or navy.
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