Clay, the kids and I have a camping trip coming up and I have a few summer camping tips to help keep you cool. Let me start this off by mentioning that I am NOT a summer girl. I’m an autumn girl. Funny considering I was born in the summer. Anyway, I don’t like the heat. I can’t breathe when it’s hot out and my allergies go berserk. So along with my allergy medicine I have to find ways to stay cool. With that said, I do love outdoor activities and I always loved camping. Clay and I haven’t been camping in over 20 years and it’s our kids first time so this should be an adventure!
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Here are a couple of my camping tips and must- have products to help keep you cool.
1. Battery Operated Personal Fan
This one is simple. A personal, battery operated fan is a great way to keep cool. You wear it like a necklace and it goes where you go. The only downside is that it may not blow as high on your face, while walking or hiking so you have to hold it up, making it not as hands-free. But it works and it works well. I use one when we go to Gatlinburg on hot days and I love it!
2. Cooling Neck Tie Or Cap
These are actually pretty cool. They have little absorbent beads in them that, when soaked in cold water, swell up several times their size. As the tie dries, evaporation helps keep you cool. For the cooling neck tie, tie it around your neck or around your forehead. For the cooling cap, place it on your head alone or under a ball cap and stay cool for hours. The downside to this one is that the tie makes your shirt collar wet and the cap makes your hair or hat wet and, depending on humidity and heat levels, may not stay cool as long as you need it. Re-wetting will reactivate the cooling effect.
3. evian® Facial Spray
This stuff is one of my personal favorites. It evian® mineral water, in a can, that you spritz on your face and hot skin. evian® Facial Spray’s unique, balanced, mineral content and exquisitely fine micro-droplet mist allow skin to better absorb its hydration so it cools you off and hydrates your skin. A little goes a long way too. A quick spritz thoroughly wets my face or neck and cools instantly. It’s also great for setting your make-up!
Spritz it on, let it set a minute, then pat it into your skin. I love to use it with my battery fan! Spritz, let sit a couple seconds then use the fan. Super cool, instantly.
It comes in 3 sizes, evian® Facial Spray is leak-proof and environmentally friendly –
1.7 oz. travel size (TSA approved), 5 oz. for tote or office and economical 10 oz. for use at home.
The only downside to this is… well, I haven’t really found one. It’s not a continuous cooling but it can be used as needed. It’s works great to remove sweat and prevent dry skin and breakouts. I use this to keep from being a sweaty mess!
4. Ball Cap And Ponytail
Pulling your hair up and getting it off your neck is one, sure-fire way to stay cooler in the heat. If your hair is too short for a ponytail small clips or bobby pins work to pin it up off your neck.
A Ball cap helps keep the sun off your head and offer protection. A vented cap works best for cooling but a solid cap works better for sun protection so choose which you like best.
Downside: None other than some hats can make your head hotter. For me, a ponytail is a great way to cool my neck off.
5. Hydration Bladder And Canteen
We all know that staying well hydrated in the heat is a definite must. A backpack with a hydration bladder is perfect if you plan on doing some hiking on your camping trip. It has tubing and a spout that lets you drink while you walk. I LOVE our Camelbak backpack with hydration bladder. You can buy ones that are just hydration packs but ours has an area for carrying small items too so I can take a flannel shirt, sunscreen, rain poncho, etc.
For hiking, walking or just hanging out around the campsite, a canteen is great! Fill it with cold water and use it either for personal hydration or to refill cups of everyone in your group. Here is the exact backpack I use: affiliate link –> Camelbak Day Star 70 oz Hydration Pack, Shitake/Turtle Dove
Downside: None really. You stay hydrated and refreshed which helps keep you cool.
These are just a couple of my personal camping tips for staying cool while camping in the summer. They are simple and easy and really work.
What are some camping tips you have for staying cool when camping in the hot, summer months.
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