Tips on Staying Cool During a Summer Camping Trip

Tips on Staying Cool During a Summer Camping Trip

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Camping and Summer go together like peanut butter and jelly. For many families, it’s a super fun activity when the weather warms up. For my family, this was definitely the case.

We absolutely loved and still love going tent camping in the summer. My first camping trip was when I was barely a year old. I can still see the picture of my dad laying on the camping chair and holding me up in my little bathing suit making me laugh. Oh, the memories!

Then, my family and I would always camp on the water at Lake Texoma in Oklahoma. It was about a 4-hour drive from where we lived in North Texas. While camping we enjoyed swimming, playing, skipping rocks, setting up the camp, building fires, and making smores and hot dogs. Camping with my brother and sisters was a highlight of my childhood.

Along with camping, I also remember it being extremely hot at times. So, staying cool was essential and of course, we got creative.

Tip 1: Water, Water, and more Water!

Staying hydrated is the most important thing you can do when camping in the summer heat to stay cool. Your body is 60% water therefore if you become dehydrated, not only will it make you hotter but there can be extreme risks that could end you up in the hospital. So drink a lot of water.

Another reason water is so important to stay cool is it can be used in other ways. We would pour water over our heads, wet our hats, and even take a cold bottle of water and hold it on our neck for a few minutes. These worked wonders to get cool quick when you just can’t take the heat. So always have water in your cooler.

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Tip 2: Portable Fan w/mister

I remember when this option came out! Each one of us had our own personal handheld mister that ran on batteries. It was the talk and must have for years. I honestly still think they are amazing and work wonders for camping in the summer heat. Plus they come in multiple sizes and colors for the whole family.

Also, If you’re camping near a plugin for the electricity they even have larger stand up misting fans you can bring along. Just another great way to stay cool in the summer heat.
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Tip 3: Stay in the Shade and Relax

I know how tempting it is to get that nice sun-kissed tan while on a camping trip. Just the thought of laying out and soaking up the sun is intriguing. However, the sun is not only extremely hot but it can dehydrate you as well as de-plenish your energy levels. When camping I always try to listen to my body and when I need to cool off I find a nice shaded area, grab a bottle of water, and relax.

Staying in the shade protects you from direct UV rays, it keeps you cooler than being in the scorching sunlight and allows your body to recharge. So stay safe and cool by staying in the shade. You can even bring along a shade tent like this Portable Shade Canopy.

Tip 4: Swimming pools/Lake swimming/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Depending on where you choose to camp at, this one is either a great idea or doesn’t apply. As a kid, we would always go camping in Oklahoma right on Lake Texoma. Therefore swimming was a given when we camped.

We all had our individual floats to go swimming and cool down during the hottest time of day. I say “all” because there were 6 kids and 2 adults and camping was a cheap and fun vacation. It truly was the best time! The water always felt so amazing and kept us cool, especially when the temperatures reached above 90 degrees.

So if you have floats, a Kayak or two, or paddleboard, these are great to take camping. They keep you cool, active and enjoying the great outdoors.

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Tip 5: Take a quick trip to town

This one is kind of a splurge. I mean we all “forget” something we need whether it’s marsh-mellows for the smores or batteries for the misting fan. Finding an excuse to go into town was something us girls mastered while camping. It gave us the greatest opportunity to get some nice cold air conditioning. (We didn’t have an RV).

After spending all day in 90 plus degree weather, there is nothing better than walking down the freezer section in the grocery store. Talk about a way to cool down!

Tip  6: Wet Towel or Bandana

This one I learned not only from camping trips but also all the softball games I played as a kid. Having a wet towel or bandana wrapped around your neck is amazing. They actually make special cooling neck towels now with the ability to put ice cubes in, and they are made out of a special kind of material that stays cooler longer.

On top of the neck towels, they even have cooling full body towels that can be used for camping or any activity outdoors. I love how things can develop over the years!

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Stay cool and enjoy your camping trip! I hope all or some of these tips will help you when planning and going on your next camping adventure. They are essential techniques for me to make sure I stay cool, safe, and hydrated. Like I mentioned these are tips I grew up learning and implementing while camping in the summer heat.

I truly believe they are great options for everyone in the family and I especially love the personal misting fans!

Enjoy your next camping trip with your spouse, family, or friends and take these cooling tips along with you!

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The Essentials for a Safe Camping Trip with your Dog(s)

The Essentials for a Safe Camping Trip with your Dog(s)

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Camping with your dog or dogs should always be an enjoyable experience. However, camping season is smack dab in the hottest time of the year for most people, depending on where you live. Since your Dog’s fur acts like a sweater or coat for them, high temperatures can cause a numerous amount of problems. The last thing you want to do is rush your beloved pet to the vet for a heat stroke or exhaustion. 

We know first hand about having a dog who overexerts himself to the point of having seizures. He would play fetch until his muscles gave out and would seize from being overheated. We have now learned and have been working with him to calm down and rest.

We have learned many lessons by having three dogs, therefore, we make sure that when we camp, we take these must needed essentials.

These essentials are to keep your pets happy, healthy, and enjoying the trip as much as you and your family. 

They include more than the ability to keep your dog cool during the heat of the summer. They include keeping your dog safe from predators, pests, and more. So, let’s get to it… 

1.  Extra Water and Collapsible bowl

These bowls are amazing! I seriously wish I came up with the idea. Whether you are camping, going to the dog park or on a gorgeous hike with your beloved pet, water is a must. However, no one wants to lug around a bowl that just gets in the way. If you own a dog, these are a necessity!! 

Another great product to add to the bowls is the Pet Cup. This allows you to bring extra food and water specifically for them and are great for day hikes. They also keep you from having to share your personal water because you need to stay hydrated too! 

Both are great purchases if you’re camping and planning on hiking with your dogs. (Images are clickable and will send you directly to Amazon)
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2. Doggy Travel Bag 

Dogs can be somewhat like children because they require a lot of things like toys, food, and treats. These items can easily be forgotten when packing for a weekend getaway camping trip. The last you want to do is to get to your campsite and realize you forgot the dog food. These bags are super handy to keep the dog’s items all in one place together to ensure you don’t miss a thing. 

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3. Hiking/Camping Dog Backpack

Don’t carry your pet’s stuff for them on hikes. Seriously, most dogs love to work and placing a doggy backpack on them stimulates their brain in a great way. Dogs like to feel like they are working and contributing as a pack member. 

These backpacks allow them to do just that by carrying their own water, food, and bowls for rest time. Plus, it frees you up from having to carry their stuff and your stuff while hiking and/or camping. 
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4. Tie Down/Rope/Portable Fence and Leashes! 

For most, if not all campsites and national parks, having your pets on a leash or contained is a must. In many places, it is actually the law. Making sure your pet is tied down, behind a fence, or always on a leash is protection for them as well as others.

I can’t imagine losing one of my dogs in the wilderness and not knowing what could be out there that could hurt my pet. It’s also safety from other pets attacking your pet. I have heard of many stories of dogs getting into fights simply because the owner did not have the pet on a leash. Safety, Safety, Safety!

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5. Tick/Flea Medicine

Summertime is camping time for many people. This is also the time of year where your ticks, fleas, and mosquitos come out to play as well. These pests can wreak havoc on your beloved animals as well as yourself. So having some type of protection whether it’s a collar, spray, or a monthly pill like my dogs take is essential. Whatever you choose for protection, just know something is better than nothing! 

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6. Dog Bags

I know, when your camping it’s easy to think that you’re in the wilderness and there are so many other animals out there doing their business, so why would you have to pick up your dogs poo? Well, it just a simple courtesy for the next campers that choose that spot. Also, if you’re RV camping it’s usually apart of the camp’s rules.

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7. Pet First Aid Kit 

This one is important! You never know what could happen during a camping or hiking trip. There are many sharp rocks and objects that could cut your dogs paw or legs. They could get an allergic reaction to some type of plant or bite. The list could go on and one, therefore, having a pet emergency kit is super smart to always have handy.
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9. Outdoor bed or blanket 

If your pet is an inside dog and a little too spoiled like ours, sleeping on the ground at night just doesn’t cut it. Even if it’s not a fancy blanket or bed, having something so they don’t have to lay on the hard dirt outside is nice.  We always bring a blanket for them to sleep on at night in the tent. 
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This list is a lifesaver when camping with your pets! Keeping your dogs safe and happy will make them love the outdoors even more. Plus, it gives you peace of mind so you can enjoy the trip as well! 

I hope you use this list and have an amazing camping trip and summer with your family and pets. 

If you found this list helpful, please leave a comment! I would love to hear! Also, don’t forget to share with your fellow dog owners. Thanks for stopping by! 

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