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5 Camping Tips to Keep Cool in the Texas Heat


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It’s summertime, and we can definitely feel it- especially in the great outdoors! If you’re camping this summer, take some time to properly prepare for your trip! Doing so will help you prevent dehydration and other, more serious adverse effects of Texas’ summer heat. So let’s get excited, have a blast, but be safe while doing so!

Below, you’ll find five tips for keeping cool while you’re out there exploring, hiking, building campfires for roasting marshmallows, and so much more!

Pack to Dress Lightly, in Cool Colors

Plan to dress in light colored, cool clothing. Don’t sabotage yourself with black tops or long sleeved shirts. Wear shorts and socks that are thin or made to dry quickly. If you’re not hiking, flip flops and sandals will help release heat through your feet, keeping you cooler!

Stay Hydrated

Pack plenty of water, ice packs, and backpacks with water bladders for long walks or hikes. You can also bring along cold foods like popsicles, fruit, and chicken or pasta salads for mealtimes!

Stick By the Shade

Find a few decent trees and set up camp in the shade! If you can’t find any shade, do your best to ventilate your tents and wear a brimmed hat during the day to keep your face and head covered.

Bring and Utilize Fans

If you’re staying at a campsite that provides electricity, box fans and other types of fans can easily be set up inside your tent, and around the campsite to help keep everyone cool and content. There are also misting fans which can be worn around your neck for hikes and walks.

Cool Down in the Shower

Cool off in the lake, or take a cold shower in the afternoon- it’ll be so refreshing! Go snorkeling, swimming, boating (or jetskiing, to get some great wind on your face!). There are plenty of activities on Lake LBJ that can cool you off this summer!

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