How to Cool a Tent Without Electricity


The hot weather in summers can transform your tents into broilers. I cannot stay in a tent turn oven, because sadly for me, I’m not tough enough to bear this kind of heat. In tropical regions, most camping locations have electricity access. However, there are also some exceptions where electricity is not available. So, knowing how to cool a tent without electricity is very important for summer camping, primarily if your campsite does not provide electricity access.

8 Tips for Hot Weather Camping

Summer is an ideal time for outdoor camping, and you wouldn’t want to miss it. Here are some tips and hacks that could be your trip saver, and they will make your hot summer camping tolerable and fun.

1. The Tent Fabric and Material

tent fabric and material

Polyester and nylon are well-known fabrics. They’re lightweight and cheap but bad at keeping a tent cool. On the contrary, canvas tents are heavy and overpriced but good at keeping their insides cool. So, I would prefer to purchase an expensive canvas tent and appreciate the advantages it offers than buy a cheap polyester or nylon tent and ruin my camping trip.

Don’t forget that canvas tents are heavy, so they are only suitable for car camping or trucks.

2. Tent Shape

tent shape

Don’t buy dome-shaped tents because they are more likely to get crazy hot in a warm climate. I would recommend picking a cabin tent for your hot weather camping trips. The bigger headroom, the more comfortable you will be, and in addition to that, larger space allows better air circulation, which makes your tent cooler.

Bell-shaped tents have foldable walls. It’s perfect for ventilation and changing the tent to a canopy gives a pleasant view.

3. Tent pitching and camp location

When setting up your tent, avoid the sun as much as you can.  Set your tent in a shaded area to keep it cool and away from the sun’s heat. In many cases, this is not possible, especially if you are at a festival with so many people (like Burning Man). Another solution is to put the tent in line with the direction of the wind. In this way, it will stay ventilated and cool. Not all camping locations will have a consistent breeze, but it is always better to know the wind direction.

4. When Setting Up A Tent

You should at least place a tarp or footprint beneath your tent. The protection that it offers can keep your tent cooler. Another suggestion is to burrow a pit, around 2-feet down, and set your tent in it. It will put the tent near the cooler ground, and help diminish the temperature inside your tent. As good as it sounds, I cannot see myself burrowing a pit that deep and wide in crazy hot weather. Therefore, I will always like to go with the option of a footprint.

5. Remove your Rainfly

remove your rainfly

Most of the tents have pre-attached rainfly, in many cases, covering their mesh rooftops. Take off your rainfly, and you’ll have better air circulation for your tent. Typically, this technique works better for cabin tents, because most dome-shaped tents become nearly transparent without their rainfly. You may need to endure the heat if you are more concerned about your privacy.

Then again, instead of removing your whole rainfly, you can balance it over the tent. Utilize the trees on your campsite or some alternative for tying up the rainfly over your tent. It will keep the tent very much concealed without blocking ventilation.

6. Use Reflective Survival Blankets/Emergency Blankets

You can shield your tent from the sun’s heat by covering it with a reflective emergency blanket. The reflective side of these covers ought to be towards the sun. And this makes it workable for these covers to mirror the heat away from the tent. This tip is quite useful for your tent protection. On the other hand, you can also utilize a shiny rainfly hanging over your tent to get the same result.

7. Take Down the Tent in the morning

Do you spend the daytime inside your tent? The chances are that you will spend a large portion of your day on outdoor activities. Therefore, knockdown the tent at the beginning of the day when the weather isn’t hot, so it doesn’t trap heat. Your tent can avoid the sun during the day and setting it up during the evening will make it comparatively comfier.

You can also apply this when you reach your campsite during the daytime. Wait till evening to set your tent. It can be problematic, however sleeping in a cooler tent is better than a hot one!

8. Use Battery-charged Fans and Passive Cooling method

Bring enough number of batteries for one or more battery-charged fans. These fans will make the hot weather bearable. For additional cooling, place some ice in a trough and put your battery-powered fan behind it. The ice-cool air will give you a refreshing feel. If you plan on using the ice, make sure that your trough has enough space to deal with the water as the ice liquefies. Otherwise, empty your trough from time to time.

Related Articles

Final words

You will find these hacks quite useful for your future hot weather camping trips. Not all campgrounds have electricity facilities, so knowing how to cool a tent without electricity is very important for a comfortable camping trip.


About the author

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top