A comfortable sleeping pad is one of the best pieces of camping gear you can have in your tent. Not only will your sleeping pad provide much-needed cushioning when you’re sleeping on the ground, it will also help keep you warm when the weather gets chilly. But which type is right for you?
As their name implies, air pads need to be inflated, either with your breath or with a hand pump.
- Pros: Air pads are great for backpacking trips because they’re very lightweight and comfortable.
- Cons: The lighter and more compact the air pad, the more expensive it tends to be. They can also deflate somewhat during the night, and are prone to rips and tears.
Self-inflating sleeping pads combine open-cell foam insulation and air. Some are foldable and designed for backpacking trips, whereas others roll up, and are best for car camping trips.
- Pros: Self-inflating pads offer excellent insulation and make it easy to adjust the firmness by releasing or adding air. They’re also made of stronger fabric than air pads, which makes them a good choice if you’re traveling with pets or children.
- Cons: Self-inflating pads are less compact than air pads, and heavier than simple foam pads.
Closed-Cell Foam Pads
These basic backpacking pads are made of dense foam.
- Pros: You can carry them outside your pack without fear of damage, since they aren’t prone to punctures or damage. They also offer good insulation.
- Cons: Many campers find foam pads to be the least comfortable type. They also tend to be stiff and bulky.
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Don’t let sweltering temps keep you from camping in July and August. Make the most of the season with these tips to help you stay cool during your next summer camping trip.
Take Your Tent Apart During the Day …
If you’ve ever retired to your tent after a long day in the sun only to find that it feels like an oven, you probably know that your tent acts like a greenhouse during the daylight hours, trapping heat from the sun’s rays. Take it apart when you’re not sleeping to prevent this from happening.
… Or Skip the Tent Altogether
Why not switch things up this summer and sleep in a hammock? You’ll stay cooler and enjoy the twinkling stars overhead as you drift off. Just be sure to check the weather to make sure you won’t get caught in the rain overnight.
Use a Pop-Up Sunshade
You can use a sunshade to divert the sun’s rays away from your tent or social area, making it more comfortable to sleep past sunrise and be outdoors during the day.
Wear Light-Colored Clothing
Dark colors absorb solar radiation and make you feel hotter. Light colors, on the other hand, can keep you cool by reflecting the sun’s rays.
The more water you drink, the cooler you’ll feel, while avoiding heat-related maladies like heatstroke and heat exhaustion.
Bring a Portable Fan
Make the heat and humidity more bearable when you BYOB (bring your own breeze). These days, you can even find portable fans that plug right into your phone and use its battery for power!
Now that you know how to stay cool when the mercury rises, it’s time to book your next summer camping trip. If you enjoy swimming, kayaking or canoeing, you’ll love staying at Suwannee River Rendezvous. Give us a call at (386) 294-2510 to book your spot today!
It’s only March, but before too long that famous Florida heat will be returning to the Suwannee River. Hot, humid weather can make tent camping a little challenging during the peak months of summer, but it doesn’t have to keep you from having a good time. In fact, with a little care and preparation, you can camp comfortably and enjoy yourself even on the warmest days of the year!
Here are some tips to help you stay cool:
Of course, this is the most important thing to keep in mind on especially hot days. Drinking plenty of water will not only prevent you from getting dehydrated, but also help to regulate your body temperature so that you don’t overheat. Keep a bottle of water on hand at all times, and consider packing some refreshing snacks like cucumbers and watermelons for the trip as well.
Circulation is key for keeping your tent cool overnight, but it can be problematic if you get surprised by a summer rainstorm. If your tent’s rain fly makes it feel hot and stuffy inside, create a canopy over your tent by tying a tarp to a couple of nearby trees instead. This will keep your tent dry without blocking air flow and impeding circulation.
How hot you feel depends largely on what you’re wearing, and certain materials perform better in heat than others. In general, you should avoid clothes made of cotton. For shirts, consider a merino wool base layer that washes well and is light to wear. These days, you can also find active-wear pants that are soft, light and capable of wicking away excess moisture. Be sure to bring a good pair of waterproof shoes, too; if you’re sweaty, you don’t want your feet to be.
Getting ready to plan this year’s summer camping getaway? We’d love to see you at Suwannee River Rendezvous. If you’re nervous about the heat, you can even stay in one of our air conditioned vacation homes! Give us a call or contact us online today to learn more.
There are different kinds of campers. Likewise, there are all different kinds of camping trips. There are of course the traditional, weekend camper you could find at any state park across the country on any given Saturday and Sunday. But then there are the more adventurous campers.
We are all familiar with the ‘family camping’ trip. The first component to family camping trip is what’s known as the contemporary nuclear family, with a mother, father and 2.5 children. Those enjoying the family camping trip, known as ‘family campers,” usually pull their SUV right up to the campsite where they plan to spend the long weekend.
What is usually most fundamental to the family camping trip is the type of campground selected. Family campground sites facilitate the park and camp principle, allowing family campers to park as close as possible to the site. This is because your typical family camper will pack everything that can possibly fit in their vehicle to contribute to their comfort on their camping trip. This can include anything and everything from 6 collapsible chairs to a full size grill to an 8-man tent.
Then there is the kind of camper who likes to travel lighter and quicker. They may also want to take a bit more adventurous of a route, either off the beaten path or away from the pollution and noise of vehicular traffic. These campers, ‘light and fast’ or ‘woodsman campers,’ integrate hiking as the main component to their camping trip. Enjoying only the comforts which can fit in a backpack, the ‘woodsman camper’ packs a bit more conservatively than the ‘family camper’ counterpart.
Because everything you camp with you must hike with, and a hiking bag only holds so much, scaling back what to bring as a woodsman camper is crucial. This means trading in a grill for a pocket camp stove, the 8-man tent for a bivvy bag and a giving up your collapsible chair. You may also want to trade in that 18 pack of beer bottles for a flask of whiskey.