Things to Bring When Camping in the Heat
By Stuart Yalethorpe
Beat the heat when camping.
Camping without the proper equipment isn't the best idea.
Those that have already learned the lesson will tell you
this, but why go through the pain yourself?
Check out the weather
If you know that you're going to be heading to a warmer
camping site, then it's time to investigate the weather
conditions and what kinds of temperatures you can expect.
Many places are warmer in particular times of the year, so
you may want to avoid such months.
Needless to add, no amount of research will prepare you if
the weather takes an out of the ordinary turn. However, do
plan, in as far as possible, for worst-case scenarios.
Water-The Camper's best friend.
Don't'tcompromise on the quantity of water that you carry,
as many greenhorns tend to do. The benefits of carrying
enough water far outweigh the inconvenience of lugging the
And that's a fact!
You want to bring at least a gallon of water per person per
day that you will be camping. Yes, this will be heavy, but
it's a lot heavier to carry someone to safety should they
Carry a reasonable supply of electrolyte salts with you.
These salts come in powder form, which can be dissolved in
the water you are carrying. Or carry sports drinks that
contain electrolytes. Your body needs to regularly replenish
these essential salts in hot, humid conditions.
Mmm! Tastes good too!
While you may not feel like eating in the heat, you need to
balance your liquids with food. This helps to keep your
body in balance. The human body is a delicate system of
electrolytes that can fall out of balance easily in extreme
Nibble on something every time you take a swig of water. A
couple of nuts or pretzels will suffice. A salty or sugary
snack is best.
The right gear
Keep you head protected from the sun with a hat or visor.
Try and wear light colored clothes and apply sunscreen on
parts of your body that are bare.
While the heat might feel bad, the heat with a sunburn feels
Make sure that you can bring first aid equipment as well
as a way to signal for help if you need a rescue.
Of course, camping with someone else is best, especially in
more extreme weather conditions.
About The Author
Stuart Yalethorpe runs the website and is the writer for Fair Camping, Inc. which is a one-stop research center for all the latest news and views related to camping. Please visit http://www.faircamping.com for any questions or comments about this article.