How To Keep Cool While Summer Camping
Summer in Australia means two things: hot weather and, for the vast majority of us, holidays.
For many families and holidaymakers, the lure of a well-appointed holiday home, villa or cabin is non-negotiable. However, as many die-hard summer campers will tell you, there are a number of ways to stay cool even if you're off the grid.
Finding everything you need, or hadn't thought that you needed, to make sure your summer camping holiday is more comfortable, relaxing, memorable and harmonious with nature without breaking the bank is easier than you may think.
Tents, Tent Shades & Bedding
Modern tent design and technology has led to a wide range of exciting features and innovation, including minimising the space a tent takes up in your vehicle, exceptional waterproofing and shading characteristics that protect you from the harsh summer sun far better than ever before.
Additionally, gone are the days of complicated and time-consuming construction: smooth and effortless assembly and disassembly are hallmarks of today's tent innovations.
Dark room tents and Eclipse technology tents use design elements and materials that reduce harsh light. Not only does this help you keep the interior of your tent cooler during the day, but dark room tents also allow for lazy sleep-ins, afternoon naps and sound sleep for the younger campers in your party.
As much as everyone has their individual sleeping preference, when it comes to camp bedding, stretchers are a great option as they allow air to flow underneath helping to keep you cooler on those hot balmy nights.
Similar to tents, technology also plays a key role in the design and manufacturing of much of today's sleeping bags. With state-of-the-art materials, many sleep products specifically created for camping keep you warmer and drier in winter and cooler, less sweaty in summer.
When choosing a sleeping bag with summer in mind, it's important to make a decision that's right for your circumstances and preferences. Take into consideration how often you'll use your sleeping bag, the weather conditions you're likely to experience, how you're going to be sleeping (i.e. directly on the ground, on a sleeping mat or on a stretcher), and the clothing or layers you wear to bed. Look for the fill weight and comfort rating on the bag when making your choice.
Sleeping bags constructed from synthetic materials are highly versatile. They are most often chosen by people who camp only occasionally, and who need something durable enough to get the job done in both cold and warm conditions.
Sleeping bags constructed from duck or goose down are more breathable and tend to last longer than their synthetic counterparts, with down sleeping bags being the warmer, lighter and more compact of the two.
Gazebos & Shelters
As well as keeping you cool in the heat, gazebos, screens, shades and shelters provide important protection from the elements. They're incredibly versatile, easy to assemble and disassemble, and they fold away neatly when not being put to good use at the beach or campsite.
For the 4WD enthusiast, music festival lover or the summer campers who enjoy a relaxing day trip, an awning attaches to the roof of most large vehicles and provides you with shade and a feeling of privacy. An awning also folds away neatly when not in use.
Awnings and gazebos all come with an Ultra-Violet Protection Factor (UPF) rating so, just like sunscreen, the higher the UPF rating, the greater the protection from our harsh sun.
Portable Fans & Coolers
If you think off-the-beaten track means no cooling options, you're in for a surprise. Rechargeable portable fans give you some much needed respite on those hot summer days as well as keeping your tent cool in the night. They take up minimal space with some models even featuring built in LED lights helping to you navigate the tight confines of your tent.
Investing in a reliable and energy-efficient camp fridge or freezer makes for a great value purchase too. As well as keeping your drinks and ice-packs cold, you can store vacuum-sealed meat, poultry and fresh veggies ensuring you, your family and friends get to enjoy tasty and nutritious meals every day of your holiday expedition.
Before You Head Off
All of Australia's states and territories have governing bodies that manage parks and recreational camping facilities. These bodies are an excellent resource for understanding the rules, regulations and costs associated with many of Australia's most popular sites and camping grounds.
Most state motoring organisations (NRMA, RACV, etc.) are also valuable for when it comes to choosing the destination or camping location that's right for you and your family. So, don't hesitate to jump online and do a little research before you take off on your trip.
Perhaps best of all, though, is the advice you'll get from your local Anaconda store. Our team of outdoor experts is always on hand for recommendations, tips and inspiration for your next summer camping adventure so keeping cool isn't just a matter of jumping in the water.