Of all the seasons, summer is a great time for camping. There are no cold weather elements to deal with and nature is in full bloom. However, summertime camping does have its own unique challenges, despite its many very enjoyable perks. Here is a short guide of common summer camping difficulties and some helpful solutions for them:
Plain Ole’ Summer Heat
The scorching summer heat itself can be tough for our physical comfort levels and stressful on our bodies; quickly making for a bummer trip if not prepared. Bring lots of drinking water, more than you expect to consume. Handheld mist sprayers can provide quick relief. Cooling vests are available for the most intense heat. As well, a simple battery or solar-powered fan used to move stagnant air during the day or night can mean the difference between agony and content.
With the inherent summer heat, the last thing you want to do is be stuck close to a camp fire. Bring or setup cooking methods that don’t require you physically standing at the fire. Build the fire in a place that is good for the overall camp – tent placement, supplies, and so on, distancing yourself from unnecessary heat from the camp fire. Large rocks, dirt, wood, and other things around you can also be used to create a sort of heat block.
Plan on bringing bug repellant sprays and creams. Citronella candles and torches are another good option. Beware of camping near still waters; these are mosquito breeding grounds. You can use bug meshes on tents and other coverings. In extreme cases, mud can also be used as a skin coating to block bugs. No matter your planned solution, count on the summer insects being there.
Food, Beverage Preservation
The summer heat is the general enemy of food preservation. Coolers, ice, and ice packs are great solutions. Consider bringing two coolers. You can keep one for constant use, which will warm and dirty quicker, and one for other items that aren’t dug into as much and thus will remain cold and clean longer. Consumable emergency preparedness supplies such as freeze dried emergency food is another great option that can stay self-preserved without refrigeration stresses.
Plan and Prepare
Lastly, if in doubt, contact the campground management and get more information about what to expect from the land and facilities there.
Ultimately, it’s on you to plan and prepare. Certainly this does require a little effort. But this initial effort will pay off for a much more comfortable and enjoyable camping trip.
Good luck and enjoy.