Ep1 – Staying Cool & Comfortable When Camping


It can be hard to escape the heat when you’re away from the creature comforts of your home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a camping trip in warmer weather. With a bit of preparation and knowledge, you’ll be all set for your adventure, whether it’s sticky and humid or bone dry and arid.

In this episode of the Snowys Camping Show, we’ve put together our best advice for how you can keep cooler and more comfortable when you camp.

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Time stamps:

  • 01:29 – How to deal with humidity
  • 02:46 – Do dark room tents actually keep you cooler?
  • 05:15 – Water sources and supply
  • 06:28 – Is any gear truly midge-proof?
  • 07:16 – Adding shade to your tent
  • 08:00 – Canvas vs polyester tents
  • 08:34 – Camping near water and dealing with mozzies
  • 11:00 – Evaporative coolers and fans
  • 15:37 – Keeping your food cool and fresh
  • 16:30 – Electrolytes and sun protection
  • 17:30 – Keeping comfortable while you sleep  
  • 18:33 – What are your tips for keeping cool when it’s hot and humid?

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Show notes for this episode:

Consider your tent

Canvas tents are a bit more breathable compared to synthetic, so they’re a better option for warm weather adventures. Tents with dark technology do block out most light, which can help keep your tent cooler, but opening up all the vents inside your tent to create circular air flow will reduce the temperature inside your tent more effectively than dark technology.

Mozzies & midges

Camping near a lake or water will be cooler but may be a breeding ground for mozzies and other insects, so have insect protection products on hand. Keep in mind that even if your tent is designed to keep midges out, opening and closing doors of your tent can let them in.


Avoid white lighting as it attracts insects and go for warm/orange instead, which is also a bit more pleasant at nighttime.

Shade & trees

You might be tempted to set up under a big old tree for the shade but be careful as branches can rot and potentially break off. You may be able to create more shade using a tarp or by setting up your tent under your awning.

Cooling options

A portable 12V fan will help if you are a hot sleeper and they’re probably the simplest and most effective option. There are portable evaporative coolers, but just be aware that they have some limitations and aren’t going to work like an air conditioner at home. 

You also have the option to wet a towel or wrap a Chill Towel around your neck to keep your temperature down, especially when going on day hikes around camp.

It can be easy to forget to hydrate when you’re swimming all day.

Food and drinks

Freeze the food you use last to keep your icebox cooler for longer, avoid ice cubes or bagged ice as it melts faster. Instead freeze water in bottles and when they defrost, you can then drink the cold water afterwards.

Make sure your fridge is running efficiently by pre-cooling your supplies before you go away and use it with a cover to deflect heat. Keep your fridge out of direct sunlight and limit the number of times it gets opened.

Preventing dehydration & sun protection

Drinking lots of water is a no-brainer, but don’t forget to top up your electrolyte levels, especially if you’re coastal camping and are in the water all day. Protecting yourself and other from the sun is also essential – so make sure you slip, slop, slap!

Sleep off the ground & leave your sleeping bag at home

The ground absorbs heat during the day, so sleep elevated on a stretcher to avoid the heat. Bring a liner instead of your sleeping bag or just use a cotton sheet from your bed at home.

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