For the die hards there is nothing like camping in a tent in the summer time. Tent people are not your average campers. They do not need the comforts of home to enjoy the outdoors and would not be caught dead in one of those flashy RVs when camping. The only problem that many tent campers have in the sweltering Missouri summer is how to keep their tent cool.
It use to be back in the day the only choice that campers had in tents where the standard military tent. You know what I’m talking about, the dark olive green tent that took ten people to put up. They also had so many poles, steaks and ropes to hold it together, it ended up falling down on you half way through the night. At this point you just became so frustrated, sleep deprived and hot that you ended up sleeping in your car. Let me tell you that is no picnic either.
Now we no longer have to suffer in the heat when sleeping in a tent, because of all the cooling equipment on the market made especially for tent camping. Some of these gadgets are battery operated fans. These just come in smaller versions that you might have in your home. The camping box fan works really well at cooling down a tent and creates a great breeze. The box fan can even be adjusted to blow up or down. Others such as the tent ceiling fan, clip on the ceiling of the tent with a magnet and can cool off a hot tent in a snap. If you want to really keep your tent cold there are also small air conditioners that range in price from about $89.00 to over $1,000.00 and many can be run with batteries or a generator.
If you do not want to spend any money at all, here are some tips for helping to keep a tent cool. One of the most basic things that one can do is put up the tent in a shady area. Keep the windows unzipped of course and remove the rain guard off the top of the tent to let the heat escape if you know it is not going to rain that night.
Camping equipment has come a long way since the old military tent. Just take a look at the camping department in your local sporting goods store. Those days of sweating it out in a tent are long gone. Now with all the “cool” gadgets and gizmos on the market we can sleep as comfortable in our tents as those people running that loud generator in their RV all night next to us and still see the stars as we drift off to sleep.