7 Summer Camping Tips

CampfireThe summer is the most popular season for camping in the United States. This makes sense, really. Students are out of school for the summer and families are planning their summer vacations, which means there’s more time for outdoor recreation. While the summer is a peak time for camping, summer camping can also be pretty unpleasant if you’re not prepared. Here are a few summer camping tips to help you stay comfortable and enjoy your time in your tent.

Bring ample amounts of water.

It’s recommended that adult males drink 100 ounces of water every single day. That’s without hiking, paddling, or climbing in the summer sun all day long. Your body needs more water to stay hydrated during the summer, so make sure that you don’t go without. You also need plenty of water for washing hands and faces, cleaning cookware, dousing coals, etc. It’s better to bring excess water than too little.

Stay safe from the sun.

Ultraviolet radiation can do some serious damage to your skin, especially when you’re spending the entire day outside. Take care of your skin by wearing sun protection. Sunscreen, sunglasses, wide brim hats, long sleeve shirts and pants with Ultraviolet Protection Factor – wear whatever you need to stay safe.

Bug spray is a necessity, not a luxury.

Bugs are abundant during the summer. Ticks, chiggers, and mosquitoes are annoying, but they can also carry diseases or viruses and cause infections. Wear insect repellent to prevent bug bites.

Yes, that’s poison ivy.

Poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac are all poisonous plants native to Arkansas, and they thrive in the summer. Know what they look like as you’re likely to come across one of these plants pretty much anytime you head outdoors in Arkansas. “Leaves of three, let it be” is a good rule to remember.

The cool kids sit in the shade.

Shade can make a huge difference in temperature. Shady spots are often 20 degrees cooler than sunny spots. Look for a good place that offers natural shade to set up your tent. If you can’t find natural shade, look into buying a sunshade, or make your own out of tarp, poles, and cordage.

Go lightly.

You can whittle down your cargo significantly during the summer. Wear lightweight clothing, leave the rain fly at home, pack less insulation, bring a smaller sleeping bag, etc.

Catch fireflies. Don’t catch forests on fire.

Fireflies are beautiful and hypnotizing summer wonders. Forest fires are not. Be careful with your campfires, and don’t let them get out of hand. Always check for burn bans before going camping. Avoid making fires beneath low hanging or dead trees, and put fires out completely before leaving your campsite.

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