Summer Camping

There is a strong trend that shows that camping is always peaking in popularity during the summer season. This peak in popularity comes down to a few important reasons:

Firstly, not only are kids out of school for a couple of months with nothing to do, but the weather is also exceptional for camping. You can participate in a lot of different activities during summer as the weather allows you to do whatever pleases you. Whether it is playing golf or tennis, whether it is hiking or swimming, the summer months are the absolute best time to get outdoors and do these activities while camping.

Another advantage of camping in summer is the longer days. As the tilt of the earth brings more hours of sunshine during summer so are the days longer.

With the days being longer comes the benefit of being able to fit more in a day. So you can spend more time enjoying the different daytime activities.

With a clear summer night, there is nothing much better than spending time outdoors under the stars. Sitting around a campfire with your family, telling stories, snacking and enjoying the views will create long-lasting memories that your children will cherish.

Unfortunately, there are a few drawbacks when camping in summer.

One of the frustrating drawbacks is the unavailability of sites. During summer, spots in campsites and campgrounds are noticeably harder to be reserved which means that booking before leaving is vital to your overall camping experience.

Another drawback of summer camping is the heat you will be exposed to inside a tent. If you were to step into a tent during the day in summer, it could be over 100 degrees. This makes it impossible for you to stay in for more than a few minutes.

When considering going camping in summer, it is important that you physically prepare yourself for summer camping. Constant exposure to the sun often leads to heatstroke, sunburn, and even severe dehydration. This means that staying hydrated by drinking plenty water is essential, alongside protecting yourself from the heat with the use of sunscreen.

As an important rule:

Remember the 3 S’s

Slip, Slop, Slap

  • Slip- Slip on a t-shirt. Remember to cover up during the times of 11 am and 2 pm as these are the times when the sun is at its strongest.
  • Slop- Slop on some sunscreen. Make sure you apply sunscreen to any exposed areas of your body to avoid being sunburnt. Getting burnt by the sun is one of the easier ways to develop melanoma skin cancer. So, make sure you apply sunscreen before stepping out in the sun.
  • Slap- Slap on a hat. Always wear a hat to protect your head from the sun

Another piece of advice to consider is taking insect repellent along with you. Insect repellent should be a part of your camping supplies as spending time outdoors means exposure to nature’s pests, particularly mosquitoes.

Here are some additional tips to make for a better summer camping experience.

  • Bring lots of water to stay hydrated
  • Try to avoid hiking and being overly active during extremely hot temperatures
  • Stay in the shade if possible and don’t expose yourself to the sun for too long.