Hot weather camping tips from OLPRO
Camping can be Price Friendly, Eco Friendly and Family Friendly but when the temperature starts to rise you may want to follow these top tips on how to avoid a meltdown with the family.
British travellers might be more used to dealing with a washout when camping but British summertime can have other hazards. Sunstroke, warm beer, insects, and being too hot to sleep all get in the way of a good time. So what can you do?
Make the most of natural shade
Steer clear of the sunniest parts of a campsite and any open ground, and try to camp under the shade of a tree or hedge. There’s a chance that you might end up with some falling twigs or bird poo on your tent – you could always rig up a protective tarp above it – but it’ll be well worth it given the cool, shady air that you’ll experience as the rest of the site fry out in the blazing sun.
If there are no shady spots, work out where the sun is going to rise, and pitch your tent with the ‘foot end’ pointing towards the sun – that way at least you won’t have your bedroom hit by the blazing rays at 4am, giving you a few extra precious minutes of shut-eye.
Make sure your tent can handle it
Get a tent with a decent fabric and a double skin rather than single. This will give you additional insulating properties as well as extra darkness. The darker the tent fabric, the darker the tent – many tents now even come with darkened bedroom compartments or even full blackout technology.
Ensure that your tent has plenty of ventilation. Fly mesh on ALL doors and windows is a must – you want to be able to open the doors to let the breeze through, but simultaneously excluding any pesky bugs.
For a better nights sleep, invest in Pet Cooling Mats, use these as an extra layer of comfort with the added bonus of chilling you down if you have caught the sun or just need a cooler nights sleep.
Find ways to Stay Cool
It is easier to become dehydrated quicker in hot weather. Here are some things you can do to help your family and yourself keep cool to avoid heatstroke and dehydration.
- Avoid the midday sun. Allocate time for rest and relaxation during the hottest part of the day. This is the perfect time to explore a shady forest, learn more about insects and bugs with the Wildlife Trust or go inside and visit a museum.
- Save getting active for earlier in the day or later on when the temperature starts to drop.
- Wear sunscreen and a hat, and loose, thin cotton clothing. Sunburn makes it harder for your body to regulate its temperature, so prevention is better than cure.
- Drink plenty and eat lots of watery foods. Watermelon, grapes, peaches, ice lollies, and plenty of water will keep you chilled.
Head for the wilderness
Find yourself a forest base for your campsite. The shade of the trees will keep you cool, and walking in the forest is several degrees cooler than in open ground.
Malvern is known for its famous waters so find a stream or small waterfall where you can dip your toes. The Tenbury Wells area lends itself to lots of smaller sites which are along the Teme Valley area, shaded by hillsides and trees, with rivers and streams to explore.
Pershore, Worcester and Bewdley are all found along the River Severn, you can cool off in the water fountains at South Quay, Worcester, have a picnic at Pershore Bridge Picnic Site or watch river racing at Bewdley.
If you’re not staying in a forest campsite, why not explore the Wyre Forest Discovery Centre or Go Ape. Another great starting place for somewhere to explore would be one of over 70 Worcestershire Wildlife Trust nature reserves.
It might seem odd to use something designed for pets, but if you get a cooling mats designed for pets, they come in various sizes which are great under your pillow case to cool your head.
Take a look at Amazon, you could even invest in full sized adult ones to lie on top which will be big enough to cool the full length of your body.