Updated at: 09-02-2023 - By: Sienna Lewis

When the sun is at its zenith above the horizon, we can all imagine what it’s like to be cooped up in a tent.

We can also keep the tent cool by controlling the environment both outside and inside.

That’s the information you’ll gain from reading this post on my blog. This post is useful for two groups of people: those who prefer to use electricity to cool their tent, and those who prefer to do so without electricity.

However, I suggest that you employ as many strategies as possible to keep your body temperature down on hot days.

In the same post, I share some of the scientific advice I’ve gleaned from my summer experience on how to keep ourselves from getting frustrated and make the most of all the other tent cooling tips.

Ways to Cool a Tent With Electricity

1. Using a 12v Fan or a Portable Fan

When compared to something you’re already familiar with, what could be simpler to use? Okay, so maybe some dude reading this is so wealthy that he doesn’t need a fan in his house because he has central air conditioning.

Of course, you don’t have to bring your ceiling fan camping with you, so that’s not an argument either. Instead, invest in a high-quality portable fan that can blast you away from the heat of summer.

There are some high-quality portable fans out there with a runtime of between 2.8 and 11 hours. In any case, I know a few people who prefer to sleep with these portable fans pointed directly at their faces.

A dry nose, mouth, and throat can lead to a stuffy nose, headaches, and even a sore throat if you sleep with your face in front of the high-air circulating fans.

While using a portable fan, or any fan, during certain weather conditions can exacerbate existing symptoms, it will not cause illness. When camping, it’s important to remember to adjust the fan’s position so that you’re not directly facing it.

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Pulmonologist and New York City resident Dr. Len Horovitz recommends using an air filter in your bedroom to negate the effects of a fan.

When it comes to nasal issues, including dry congestion and nasal passages, Horovitz suggests a daily saline sinus irrigation routine.

Now that you have a firm grasp on the fundamentals, I’ll recommend two portable fans that I think are particularly well-suited for use while camping. You can choose to buy them or not.

If you have ice and a large enough pan, you can cool off quickly by placing the ice in the pan in front of the fan. What will happen is that the wind that blows on you will be colder than usual because it has been imbued with the power of ice.

Best Portable Fans for Camping

Gazeled Battery Powered Fan – To Cool Your Tent
  • The three speeds available are: low, medium, and high.
  • 20,000 mAh of juice
  • Almost a week on a single charge
  • Weighing in at just 2.01 ounces
  • Doesn’t need batteries

The picture clearly shows that this is a high-powered, 180-degree rotating fan that has a battery capacity of 20,000 mAh. Now, the most important factor to consider when choosing a camping or tent is how long it will last. What that means is explained below.

Speed Duration
Low Over the course of almost a week
Medium 2 days
High 15 hours

Not only will it be a thoughtful gesture on someone else’s part, but it will also be a lifesaver for your phone and camping lights, providing enough juice to recharge them three to five times. However, in order to charge the device itself, a USB-compatible portable power station will be required (which, judging by your reading this post, you probably already have).

The only drawback of this fan is that it needs to be charged for a long time, around 12 hours when using a 2A adapter (a USB outlet or a power bank can also be used). The noise it makes is another major drawback; on low and medium speeds, it’s not too bad, but on high, it’s loud enough that you might not want to sleep, so use the low setting if you want to take advantage of the peace and quiet of camping.

One of the things I appreciate most is:

  • Depending on the phone’s battery, we can get three to five full charges out of it.
  • With the high setting, we get close to the manufacturer-stated 14 hours of run time thanks to the battery life.
  • Integrated rotation and intelligent timer features. Put the fan on a stand in the middle of the tent to cool off everyone inside.
  • They are providing one year gaurenteee where you can replace the fan for free or can claim full refund.

What I don’t like:

  • On a high setting, it does produce that much amount of sound that you can listen to outside from a medium-size completely closed tent. I hope they will do something about this, if they do then it is, of course, a one-stop portable fan.
ITHKY Hands-Free Bladeless Neck Fan – To Cool Yourself
  • Speed settings: 3
  • Power: 1800 mAh
  • Runtime/charge: 2.5 to 7 working hours
  • Controller type: Button control
  • Weight: 0.48 lbs
  • Batteries required:  2 Lithium ion batteries

You may want to give it a try because it can start cooling you in just 3s. How? It has 60 pieces of twin-turbine fan blades, 48 wind outlets, and multiplied wind power to cool you in 3 seconds.

Don’t be fearful about hairs as it will not suck them in and it has a bladeless neck design that makes sure any child or old one can use it without causing harm to themselves.

There are two main highlights for this fan that make it different from any other neckband fan – it is quieter and will produce very minimal noise (noise is always a specialty, oh sorry drawback of fans).

The other is the material used in it, featuring Eco-friendly ABS and silicone makes the overall wearing experience softer and comfortable.

In terms of charging, you can use your rechargeable fan, computer, power banks, laptops, and so on.

However it is not that you’ll feel like you’re in an AC room while wearing it because no fan cools the air, it is just the blowing air that evaporates the perspirationto make any individual feel cooler.

While jogging or running the ITHKY neck fan tends to flop around. I am not saying that it is not lightweight rather it is bulky which can be easily felt.

What I like the most:

  • Dude, it really cools the body whether it is camping, hiking, backpacking, traveling.
  • If you don’t want to buy a portable rechargeable fan which I do recommend then you can just hang it around your neck inside the tent or outside it.
  • I like the design where no one can easily figure out that you’re wearing a neck fan as it looks somewhat similar to headphones.

What I don’t like:

  • It is quieter in a low setting but when you go on high can easily listen to the noise coming through it. It may feel like the real fan noise because it is sitting under your ears.

2. Using the Air Conditioner or Cooler

If you’re the kind of person who feels like they can’t get much from a portable fan then you might want to invest in a good AC or a cooler.

But if you’re willing to use AC then you need to keep in mind that it will require extra insulation and of course, you need to airtight your tent (Don’t airtight everything because you need to breathe, damn man). In terms of power, your AC needs to be at least 5000 BTU if the tent is small.

My own personal experience tells me that if your tent’s interior temperature is significantly lower than the exterior temperature, you shouldn’t rush out into the cold.

Before you leave the tent, turn off the air conditioner or turn it down so the temperature difference isn’t too drastic.

Your body won’t have to work as hard to adjust its temperature, either up or down, when confronted with a sudden, extreme change.

I don’t know if this is the case for you, but whenever I suddenly depart, my body requires a few minutes to adjust to the drastic change in temperature.

How to Insulate a Tent for AC

  • Use reflective tarps to deflect sun’s harmful rays and keep your tent cooler. When reflective tarps are used to cover the tent, the sleeping environment becomes colder and darker. Moreover, the cooling effect of air conditioning will be enhanced.
  • Insulating your tent with duct tape or pool noodles is another option if you don’t have access to an air conditioner. This is accomplished by using either duct tape or pool noodles (or both, if that’s more to your liking) to completely seal the AC port and any other opening that might allow air to leak.

As a side note, I am currently investigating portable air conditioners that are suitable for use in tents. When it’s done, I’ll add a link here to the section where I discussed and rated the best portable air conditioners for tents of all sizes.

3. Using Ice Water Jugs

Now, this does not call for any external sources of electricity while camping, but you will need access to electricity at home in order to freeze water in jugs. By jugs, I also mean water bottles.

To do this, fill up your water bottles and stick them in the freezer (you know the rest of the story). To keep the ice from melting too quickly, use an insulated jug or bottle.

Place the frozen bottle under your sleeping bag at the foot of your bed or wherever you prefer to sleep cool. Mornings are better spent in front of a good boiling water stove, where you can rehydrate meals, brew coffee or tea, or boil water for other uses.

Ways to Cool a Tent Without Electricity (Headache-Free)

1. Think Twice Before Buying a Tent

It’s a hot day, so a tent might not be your first thought when it comes to heating. The truth is, my friend, a tent can make you feel much hotter than you actually are. The only time this issue can be fixed is at the time of initial purchase.

Here are some things to consider when picking out a tent for those hot summer days:

Black is the hottest color and white is the coolest according to Sciencing.

  • A cotton canvas tent is a worthwhile investment if you have the funds.
  • To stay cool on hot summer days, cotton is the best option because it is highly breathable.
  • On Amazon, I purchased the best cotton canvas tents available: a pyramid cotton tent for camping and a glamping yurt tent for hot days.
  • If you’re not interested in purchasing a canvas tent, you’ll likely be limited to alternatives such as nylon, polyester, thermoplastic polyurethane, etc.
  • If you must use one of these, choose a tent with a light color (white, silver, sky blue, light yellow, etc.) rather than one made of polyester. (if your tent isn’t polyester, opt for a light color for the summer). White is the only color on this list because it reflects white light in its entirety, including its component colors.
  • Since it absorbs the most light and, by extension, the most heat, black is the color you should never, ever wear if you care about keeping cool.
  • In sum, a darker tent color will absorb more heat, making you feel hotter inside; these tents are great for the colder months but obviously not the warmer ones.

Let’s say, though, that you already have a tent that doesn’t meet any of these standards and you don’t have the money to buy a new one that does.

Since we’ve already covered the simplest method of cooling a tent, using electricity, you’ll want to keep reading to find out what other options you have for keeping the tent cool.

2. Let the Shade Embrace Your Tent

What could be more ideal than pitching your tent beneath a canopy of trees? I won’t bore you with a spiel about how trees are essential to human survival, but if you’ve never taken a break from your hectic schedule to enjoy a night under the stars in a tent, you’re missing out on a lot.

It’s time to get your tent set up in the shade (a canopy will do, but trees are the best) of something.

The advantages of tree shade.

Why? Because their shade is the coolest shade there is. Because the air temperature around your tent can be lowered by as much as 6 degrees Fahrenheit thanks to the shading and evapotranspiration of trees.

Plants lose water through a process called evapotranspiration, in which they actively release water vapor and move around.

For this reason, you should always take advantage of the opportunity to pitch your tent beneath a suitable tree.

Uncomfortable advice: ascend that tree and perch on its limbs. Get a hold of a pair of branches with triangular splices so that you can hang securely and comfortably.

I’m not making this up; I’ve actually done it before.

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3. Don’t Trap Your Tent in Rainfly

The most common misconception about tents is that a rainfly can help keep them cool. Friends, please hear me out on this: not everything that can provide shade also provides cooling. When you do that, you risk dying of heat exhaustion.

Allowing the rainfly to cling to your tent is akin to telling it to keep the heat in rather than releasing it. Do you have any idea what the effects of all this stifled air heat and humidity could be on you?

For this reason, if Google darling warns you of impending precipitation, I advise you not to enclose your tent in a rainfly but rather to bring and store it in your vehicle or backpack.

4. Set the tent near the river

Most campers already knew this, but for the benefit of any newcomers: living near a river has been shown to make people happier and less stressed than living in a city.

This study reveals that water has a special and deeply personal meaning for each of us.

The calming effect of being near water is known as the “blue mind” effect, and it causes people to tune out stressful external stimuli in favor of focusing on the soothing sounds of the river.

The effects of heat stress, such as perspiration, unpleasant odors, and the sensation of being baked in an oven, can vary from person to person.

Therefore, when you pitch your tent by the river, you immediately feel a significant reduction in stress levels. If you worry about an ant crawling on you, it will hurt more.

If you don’t mind the air flowing in, pitch your tent with its entrance facing the river. The cool breeze that follows a dip in the water will make for a pleasant sleeping environment.

Being close to the river also has the added benefit of providing a place to take a refreshing dip whenever you feel your sanity slipping away. Don’t rush through life; take your time and splash around in the river’s calm waters.

5. Let the Thermal Reflection Saves You

A thermal reflective sunshade, also called a reflective tarp, is readily available in the market.

These reflective tarps work by reflecting the sun’s UV rays away from whatever is under them, thereby reducing the temperature inside.

They don’t reflect absolutely all heat; they absorb some, but not enough to make you feel like you wasted your money.

Any tarp or sunshade will do if you’re unable to locate reflective tarps that suit your needs.

The only thing you need to watch out for is making sure there is at least a 14-inch space between your tarp and tent to allow for air circulation and proper heat escape.

Either use the assistance of nearby trees by tying the tarp to their branches, or invest in some poles to use as ties.

Using poles can be a hassle for many people because you often have to stretch farther than you think you can.

A summer canopy can be purchased (not to worry, they weigh very little) and used to shelter a tent from the elements. Keep in mind that a gap of 12-14 inches is necessary for air circulation under the canopy.

6. Don’t Dare to Forget Ventilation

Get rid of the mosquitoes by opening all the windows. The goal is to open up as much space as possible for airflow. I know what you’re thinking: “Michael, what about our privacy?” Only pesky mosquitoes will attempt to invade your privacy out in the wild, so you can do whatever you like.

A well-ventilated tent not only reduces the likelihood of condensation and overheating, but also makes our bodies more at ease than they would in a claustrophobic one.

Whatever the case may be, having windows or a mesh roof that allows your eyes to wander outside is a great way to feel closer to nature even when you’re camping.

7. Transform Your Towel Into AC

Nothing I’ve mentioned in this article about “how to keep a tent cool?” compares to the effectiveness of AC towels. In my experience, this is the best way to enjoy camping or any other outdoor activity if you are a practical person like myself. In addition, this is the simplest and most effective method for achieving a comfortable temperature while reducing the need for bulky and heavy air conditioners, coolers, and portable fans.

What you’re about to read isn’t a joke; it’s a scientific principle I picked up on a trip to an Indian hamlet. The only real distinction is that instead of using the synthetic polypropylene bags commonly used for transporting wheat, they are employing the time-honored practice of using natural burlap or hessian sacks.

They have no idea how effective it is at cooling their wooden yurt, but they are using it to the point where summers there are a breeze and not a furnace.

Indian village life is the source.

Towels will do the trick, but if you want something that will last for hundreds of summer camping trips without breaking the bank, I suggest Hessian Burlap Fabric like this one that is about 10m (393 inches) long. On the other hand, due to their widespread use, the instructions I will provide are specific to towels.

How to make an air conditioner out of a towel:

  1. The towel needs to be permeable to air or at the very least dry quickly.
  2. Towels with a thickness of 2–3 centimeters will serve their purpose for significantly longer.
  3. Observe the dimensions of the tent’s windows and doors.
  4. Towels need to be large enough to cover the windows and doors (if they are too large, that’s fine, but if they are too small, you’ll need to use another).
  5. Try to breathe while it’s on your face. If airflow is restricted, drilling a few holes in it should do the trick. Because of its absorbency and durability when wet, Burlap is my top choice.
  6. Now, place it in a bowl, bucket, or river and let it soak.
  7. Just to be safe, you should soak it thoroughly.
  8. Squeeze out any excess water and secure with velcro tape before using on your windows.
  9. Towels the size of a door can be taped to the inside of the tent door.
  10. After a short while, you’ll notice that your tent is noticeably cooler.
  11. When you feel confident that the towels are dry again, proceed to Steps 6–9.
  12. To combat the increased drying time caused by the blistering midday sun, you can use spray bottles to re-wet the towels without having to leave the shade of the tent.

8. Pitch Your Tent When It’s Cool

In my opinion, the likelihood of having a hot experience inside the tent is high if you set it up in the middle of the afternoon during a particularly hot summer. As a result, setting up camp at dusk is highly recommended.

Because of this, you won’t get as hot as you would if you turned it on when the sun was directly overhead.

9. Set Tent Over the Blanket

This is helpful if you plan on doing any camping on particularly hot ground, the likes of which would cause serious injury to your feet upon contact (haha, a rhyme!).

Put a thick blanket on the ground first, then pitch your tent on top of that. Don’t be surprised if the blanket ends up being a bit longer and wider than the tent’s ground.

Attach your spare blanket to the tent’s poles at the corners using Velcro tape or some other type of tape.

This will create a thermal barrier between the ground and your tent floor, extending the amount of time that the floor of your tent stays warm. This will allow for a cooler and less sweltering tent interior.

Take into account that having an insulated blanket is preferable.

10. Don’t Torture Your Tent During the Day

If you follow the advice, you won’t need to do that, because you can stay cool in a tent even when the sun is at its hottest.

But if you can, take down your tent during the day, as the temperature will rise until the sun goes down, even if you have a sunshade or reflective tarp.

Tents made of polyester and nylon, which don’t cool down immediately after sunset, will trap a good deal of heat during this time, heat that you can feel even at night.

11. Time to Dig a Tent Pit

Don’t lose your mind; there are still plenty of options for keeping your tent comfortable. You can use your camping shovel (here’s a link to our article where we spent days researching and selecting some of the best camping shovels available) to dig a trench that’s deep enough to accommodate your tent and wide enough to accommodate everyone who will be sleeping in it.

Pitch your tent in this cleft, where the temperature difference between the soft ground and the hard trench is readily apparent.

Camping in the jungle is ideal for this strategy because you can always find a trench that is slightly wetter and cooler than the surrounding area.

12. Feel the Breeze

Getting your face out of the tent and exposing it to the breeze is the quickest, simplest, and most effective method. If you’re already perspiring heavily, the warm breeze will feel like ice.

Fans and air conditioning can be used to create a breeze, with the latter’s air being the coolest option. Adding ice to the fan will make the air even colder. In the section on using electricity to cool a tent, I’ve already detailed the entire procedure.

You can skip this step if you haven’t read the article, but in short, you need to get a large pan and put some ice cubes in it. You can put this in front of the fan to make the breeze even cooler.

13. Spritz Your Face & Then Feel It

Have any kind of spray bottle handy? If not, you should definitely go out and buy one because it will save your life on a scorching hot day.

If you have electricity or use any of the other methods mentioned, you may not need this inside the tent. Instead, it functions as a companion while camping, hiking, or otherwise spending time outside the tent.

Fill the spray bottle with water (cold water is preferable) and use it to spritz your face whenever you start to feel hot and sticky. After 40-60 seconds of spritzing, you have the option of leaving the wet face as is or wiping it off.

The cooling effect of the water spray will relieve your body heat and help you unwind mentally. You can see how helpful it is when camping this summer if you give it a try at home.

The cooling effect of a wet towel or scarf around the neck will last significantly longer than that of a dry one.

When you’re under the tent’s protection, you can use the same damp scarf to cover your mouth and nose.

14. Say Bye-Bye to Sleeping Bag

If you’re going camping, there are times when you shouldn’t bring your sleeping bag or pad. Why would you want to wear that in the summer? The summer camping trip I’m planning on taking doesn’t require its use in any way, shape, or form.

If you don’t want to lug around a bulky sleeping bag, a thin blanket will do the trick.

And instead of sleeping on a pad, use a cot; this will allow air to circulate around your body more effectively, keeping you cooler. I know you’ll appreciate this help down the road, so consider this a “thank you” in advance.

15. Sleep in Dark (It’s Not Scary!)

The production of melatonin, the hormone responsible for the ease with which one falls asleep and the rejuvenating nature of one’s slumber, is triggered by darkness, according to studies.

Nonetheless, when subjected to light, that creation is halted.

You’ve learned why the nighttime is crucial for sleep, but how does that affect the temperature inside your tent?

Assuming you go to bed between the hours of 9 and 11, “dark sleep” indicates that you are a night owl.

Even though the ambient temperature drops by only a couple degrees between 9 p.m. and midnight, melatonin production increases in the evening to induce sleepiness.

It sends the message that it’s time to relax, so your body slows down its metabolic heat production and your temperature drops as a result.

Now, as you drift off to sleep, you’ll gradually feel more refreshing than the daytime.

But here’s the catch: if you don’t want to get burned up after a good night’s sleep, you should get up before sunrise.

The tent you slept in last night will once again begin to absorb light and heat from the rising sun.

Because of this internal heat, you will likely always feel like you’re in an oven when you awake, and you may always wake up feeling uncomfortable or even drenched in sweat.

Do you recall your grandparents insisting that you get up before the sun rises every day? Right now would be an ideal time to do as they say.

16. Sometimes Not Sleeping in Tent is Nonchalant

How often have you wished you could sleep under the stars instead of in a tent?

I’m willing to bet that if you’re a serious camper or hiker, the idea of dozing off under the stars has crossed your mind at some point.

It’s time to follow your dreams, and if tent camping is what you’re after, then you should know about bivouacking. Get out your mosquito net, sleeping bag, mat (in the summer, blankets are preferable to sleeping bags), and sleeping bag. You can enjoy a night of stargazing by setting up a bed inside a mosquito net and tying the net shut with tree branches.

If you don’t think it’s going to rain, you could also use a bivy sack.

The only drawback of this method is the potential for insect and animal attacks; therefore, I recommend doing it in a safe environment, such as a campground or a national park.

17. Give hammock a try

Healthline recommends consulting a physician before spending the night in a hammock.

Napping in a hammock is a great way to quickly calm your mind and body. If you want to get the most out of your hammock time, make sure it’s well-made and can be hung securely.

But if you’re the one with back pain, you know that it can be uncomfortable, mess with your sleep cycle, and even keep you awake at night.

So, before you go lying in a hammock, you should call the doctor.

Anyone’s posture can be affected by this, not just those who already suffer from back pain.

Cooling Your Tent is Waste If You Don’t Maintain Yourself (Helpful Tips)

If you don’t know how to take care of your body and mind, no amount of information about keeping a tent cool without electricity or any other method will help you.

Let’s start with the most important question: do we want to maintain a comfortable temperature inside the tent, or do we just want to maintain our own personal comfort?

All the tips I’ve shared above are to organize and optimize your tent in such a way that it will support your body to keep its temperature where it needs to be.

Now here I am discussing some steps that you need to follow to maintain yourself so that your optimized tent can finally give your body a refreshing feel.

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It’s Summer, Don’t Overdress Yourself

No matter if you’re skinny or fat doesn’t overdress yourself if you want any good for your body in summer.

Here are some tips so that you’re wearing perfect clothing for summer that keeps you cool instead of torturing:

  • The clothes that you wear should be ultra-lightweight.
  • No matter if you’re a male, female, or any gender in summer especially on camping wear loose clothes (Leave your style and tight clothes at home, you can not impress nature by highlighting your figure using tight clothes).
  • Do not include black clothes in your summer wardrobe. If you’re wearing black then you’re inside the walking oven.
  • The clothes you wear should of light color.
  • If you can wear pure white color clothing then I guarantee you that you won’t feel hotter than those who are wearing dark clothing because white is something that reflects light completely and thus it does not attract heat which makes it the coolest possible color.
  • If you can’t go for white then try to remain close to white by wearing colors like red and yellow. Any color other than these will not be effective and attract more heat.
  • Dedicate even more loose clothes for sleeping (loose and light to the extent where you don’t like you’re wearing anything) and don’t wear these clothes during your day.
  • If it is possible, wash your clothes every day. Washed clothes will give you a refreshed feeling.
  • Do not worry the loose and thin clothes will dry in about 1-2 hours.

Please follow all the above tips, if you don’t then kindly not blame me and say Michael is a liar. Do it by yourself before making any comment.

Have Some Space for Tarps or Caps

In the market there are various types of caps or head tarps are available. Buy and make some space for 2 caps or tarps.

Everyone knows what a hat can do on hot days.

Not only it will protect your face and head from the sun’s heat but it also avoids getting spots on your face and also relaxes your eyes by giving a nice shade to look at distances with more ease.

So we have no reason why not to pack them. The only thing we need to keep in mind is that we must not forget to handwash your hat in warm water at night so that the bacteria that it might gather due to sweat and dust can’t make this hat their home to feed on you.

Remeber Every Cell Get Thirsty But…

If dehydration continues, tissues of the body will begin to dry out and your cells will begin to shrivel and malfunction

The above statement itself clearly says that cells do feel thirsty and get dehydrated too. Now to combat these you need to fulfill all the water requirements in the body. It does mean that you should drink water every 30 minutes.

It is one of the biggest myths in society that you should drink too much water.

As you’re the reader of this blog it is my duty to literate you on what is right and it is your duty being a reader of this blog to literate everybody around you that if you drink too much water then it can result in water intoxication which is also known as overhydration and hyponatremia.

You can click here to know more about hyponatremia but in short, it means that you have a very low level of sodium in your bloodstream which causes the cells to flood from inside.

Overhydration can lead to severe health problems like coma, seizures, and even death.

So neither we can allow dehydration to happen nor can allow overhydration to happen. Now what we can do? Very simple only drink water when you feel thirsty.

For this, you need to have a water bottle right in your hand or backpack so that you can drink whenever your body says instead of just drinking because someone said this to you that you should drink water all the time

Don’t even drink in sips when your throat says to you. In summer the chances that your throat gets dry every 15 minutes does not mean that your body really needs water.

Instead of taking sips, whenever you feel thirsty drink one-liter water from your bottle or can, and then don’t drink even an ounce until you feel really thirsty again.

You Really Need a Cold Shower (Water Isn’t A Enemy)

When we talk about keeping the tent cool we are talking about keeping ourselves cool.

Just do this – If you’re camping near a river take 7-11 dips and then you can clearly notice the difference between how you’re currently feeling and how you’re feeling before jumping into the river.

Now if you’re not any closer to any river but you want to experience the same thing just do this – buy a portable shower and fill it with water (don’t heat your water) then arrange the shover in such a way that it is throwing water in big droplets.

Remain under the shover for at least 2 minutes if you have a limited water supply and for 8-10 minutes when you have a sufficient water supply.

If you’re in a campground that does not have a shower system then you have the opportunity what the shover lover doesn’t have.

Fill a bucket with water, and then use one or two litter pots to remove the water from the bucket.

Put this over your head and quickly fill it with water. The goal is to simulate the feeling of refreshing yourself in a river.

If you do this, you’ll feel like a huge weight has been lifted off your shoulders and the extra heat on your body will evaporate into thin air.

The tent will provide a welcome sense of security and serenity, and I guarantee you will sleep better and more comfortably there.

Plan Your Tent Location For Optimum Cooling

Where you set up camp will have a major bearing on the day and nighttime temperatures you experience.

It is more uncomfortable to sleep in the heat of the summer if your tent is pitched in the sun rather than in the shade, such as under a tree.

During the hottest parts of the day, campers will appreciate being in an area that is shaded by nearby hills or trees. Consider setting up your tent in a shady area so that it doesn’t overheat when you arrive.

You could also pitch your tent on a hill or near some towering trees or bushes to catch the cooling breeze that would otherwise pass right over your head inside your stuffy tent. You can avoid overheating your tent by setting it up in the shade of a nearby thicket or forest. The mild winds will help keep things cool both inside and outside the tent.

Choose The Right Tent Material

Nylon and polyester are common materials for camping tents. Both are low-cost, strong, and lightweight. However, they do a terrible job of keeping the inside of a tent cool when the temperature outside is high.

A canvas tent is the best option if you want to keep cool without using any sort of electrical power. Canvas material is excellent at keeping the optimal temperature inside the tent even when the outside gets hot, but it is a bit more expensive and heavier than both nylon and polyester. Tents made of canvas are best used for car camping rather than backpacking due to their heaviness compared to those made of nylon or polyester.

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The color of your tent, in addition to the material, can affect the temperature inside. The ideal shade is context and goal dependent. So, take a look at our advice on the best tent colors for hot weather.

Some frequent campers have more than one tent, one for each season or location they frequently visit. When camping during the warmer months, it’s important to have a tent that allows air to circulate freely in and out of it.

On a calm sunny day, a camper can keep the rain flaps and mesh windows open.

Tents designed for warm weather often combine different materials. Some canvas summer tents, for instance, have a polyester coating for protection against the sun’s rays.

To learn more about the various tent materials and how to pick the right one for your camping trip, check out our What Material Are Tents Made Of? guide.

Choose A Tent With More Headspace

Dome tents are popular among campers because they are simple to erect and large enough to accommodate a large group. However, they could overheat in hotter climates. When picking out a summer tent, look for one that has a sizable headspace to facilitate better airflow and a more comfortable sleeping environment. If the air inside the tent circulates better, it will be less of a struggle to cool off when the weather outside gets warm.

The ALPS Mountaineering Camp Creek 4-Person Tent is a fantastic example of a tent with adequate headspace because of its 7-foot center height.

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The Bell tent is one type of collapsible tent that can be used to create a spacious interior in a pinch. With this style, you can adjust the tent’s canopy to provide more or less headroom depending on the weather.

Set Up The Tent At The Right Time

Many campers make the mistake of rushing to set up camp as soon as they get to the campground. Some people will set up their tents at noon, even though they won’t be sleeping in them until later that night, leaving them in the hot sun all afternoon. The problem is that as the day progresses into the afternoon, the tent’s interior temperature will rise. Even in the evening, when you’d like to relax in a cool tent, the heat from the day can linger.

You should wait until the late afternoon or early evening, preferably around sunset, to set up your tent. Make sure you’ve finished setting up the tent and other camping-related tasks like gathering firewood before you do this. It will take you about fifteen to twenty minutes to complete.

Provide Sufficient Ventilation

The key to keeping a tent cool without using electricity is good air circulation. The easiest way to stay cool without electricity is in a well-ventilated tent, which allows cool air to enter through one side and warm air to escape through the other. Pay close attention to the tent’s ventilation if you want to avoid a hot and stuffy environment inside.

Tents get too hot because of:

  1. Air that has been trapped rises because it is heated by the sun and expands.
  2. A person’s body heat has an effect on the surrounding air, warming it.

Choose your tent wisely to avoid this effect. The correct one will have vents on both the windward and leeward sides, allowing air to flow in and out. To rephrase: you need ventilation in your tent!

Dress To Be Cool

We don’t mean you have to try too hard to look good in order to land on the cover of GQ.

The question, “how do you keep a tent cool in summer?” can often be answered by adjusting one’s approach to clothing and camping gear.

Bring light, brightly colored clothing made of materials like cotton or linen instead of heavy, dark colors that absorb heat during the day. Instead of keeping heat in, these materials release it.

Even if the sun is shining and it’s hot during the day, the nighttime temperatures in the wilderness can drop to dangerously low levels. During the night, when the temperature drops, sleeping bags are a great way to stay warm. However, if the temperature at night does not drop significantly, you might want to bring a sheet or lightweight blanket. If it’s warm enough at night, you can forego the sleeping bag altogether and just use a sheet or blanket instead.

If you want more advice on how to get a good night’s sleep while camping, check out our post on the most comfortable way to sleep in a tent.

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Cool The Air

Finally, when camping, you should use whatever means necessary to keep your tent cool. Bringing ice with you can be useful. A block of ice on a pan or plate placed near the tent’s air vents will do the trick. Eventually, the ice will melt and absorb some of the heat from the tent, resulting in a pleasant breeze that will cool you off slightly.

Battery-operated fans are another useful tool for surviving the summer’s scorching temperatures. Not as effective as electric fans, but welcome relief from the sweltering heat.


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why do tents get so hot?

Your tent’s color and construction materials are to blame for its excessive heat.

Choose a light-colored tent if you want to keep the interior cool and prevent condensation from forming because a dark or nearly black tent will soak up the sun’s rays and turn them into heat, which will then stay trapped inside your tent if it isn’t well-ventilated.

In terms of construction, most modern tents use polyester and nylon. Not having enough airflow can cause these materials to become overheated.

Canvas cotton tents are your best bet in the summer, as they allow air to circulate without being impeded by the fabric, allowing excess heat to escape and preventing condensation.

Can a candle able to heat the tent?

In the summer, when you don’t want any more heat than the tent already provides, lighting a candle inside a closed tent is the worst possible thing you can do.

If you plan on using candles, lamps, or even lights inside the tent, make sure there is enough ventilation for the heat to escape.

Does the crowd increase heat inside the tent?

The answer to this question is contingent on the size of the tent and the number of people inside.

Naturally, the greater the number of people inside the tent, the higher the temperature will rise.

If you’re going to be camping in the summer with your family, it’s best to either get a large family tent or two smaller tents for each pair of campers. the importance of proper ventilation cannot be overstated in either scenario.

Is it bad to use a black tent?

That’s right; I’ve been saying from the very beginning of the piece that the black tent is useless in the summer if you want to avoid cooking to death.

Black is the worst color to wear in the summer because it absorbs the most light and heat, but the best color to wear in the winter because it reflects the most heat.

Is it necessary to take a cooler?

A cooler is not necessary if you take all of the measures outlined in how to cool a tent without electricity.