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Much thanks for above helpful advices. I agree that an electric fan or cooler A/C may give a hand. And absolutely I think I would like to choose the electric fan. That's enough. Thanks again and wish u can enjoy camping.


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13 years ago when I met my wife, I took her and her son camping to Myrtle Beach in August. We stayed in a tent. During the day, we obviously were not in the tent. At night, we used an electric oscillating fan. We ended up sleeping above the covers. At night while you sleep, your body temperature drops, so you will start to cool off. Also, if there is a bathhouse, take a shower before going to bed. That will help you be more confortable. Keep airflow through the tent available at all times unless rain depicts otherwise. Keep hydrated with lots of water also. When we were camping, it was in the mid 90's and about 90-100% humidity.


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In my early camping days I tent camped and used a small 12 volt fan and a cord running back to the car or truck, this power cord was also helpful when inflating/ de-flating a queen size air mattress to sleep on.

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wbwood wrote:

13 years ago when I met my wife, I took her and her son camping to Myrtle Beach in August. We stayed in a tent. During the day, we obviously were not in the tent. At night, we used an electric oscillating fan. We ended up sleeping above the covers. At night while you sleep, your body temperature drops, so you will start to cool off. Also, if there is a bathhouse, take a shower before going to bed. That will help you be more confortable. Keep airflow through the tent available at all times unless rain depicts otherwise. Keep hydrated with lots of water also. When we were camping, it was in the mid 90's and about 90-100% humidity.

Helpful, thanks. In mid 90's, I think camping must be more interesting. Sometimes I miss the old days...
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Camper Bruce wrote:

In my early camping days I tent camped and used a small 12 volt fan and a cord running back to the car or truck, this power cord was also helpful when inflating/ de-flating a queen size air mattress to sleep on.

Seems good idea. Thanks.

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If you can blow the fan across ice, you would be surprised how cool it will feel. Did this to survive in S&B, when AC unit went out it July. I froze gallon jugs of water, then put ice block in shallow bowl and set the fan behind it. Have camped many times in tent in summer, glad I have TT with COLD air now.

as others have said, sit tent where it is not in sun all day, tie the rain fly out far enough that air can circulate around tent and into any vents. and go ahead and get a site with electricity so you can run a fan. at Boy Scout camp, I have run 200 ft extension cord, so I could stay for the week. (Gotta have some sleep when you are trying to keep up with 15+ boys for the week)

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Options abound:




on down to all manner of fans. But to deal with humidity (which is my personal comfort issue), you're going to have employ some kind of a/c.


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Fans, if you have electric available. Otherwise, find trees and woods (trees respire - evaporative cooling - it's generally 5-10 degrees cooler in the woods). You already mentioned water, the other natural way to cool.


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Back in the days when the kids were small, we didn't have a camper, and still wanted to camp, the biggest difference we found was to get used to the heat by staying out of the AC for a week or so before the trip. We turned the home AC up to about 80 degrees and spent a lot of time out doors.


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I am partial to Vortex fans! Put some ice cubes and water in a sprayer to spritz yourself if you wake up. Wear a sweatband around your head, or one of those fancy cooling cloths they make now. Tell yourself it's a free sauna! LOL! There's a part of me that enjoys the challenge of super hot days & nights camping...I feel like I toughed it out and made it! But I can only do it for a couple nights.

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