Cooling tents make happier campers
Campers who want their tent to remain cool at night should air it in the mornings and evenings.26 August 2008
MUNICH -- Campers who want to cool down the inside of their tent should air it out regularly, according to the Munich-based German Camping Club (DCC).
Viktoria Gross of DCC recommends keeping the tent closed at midday and ventilating it in the mornings and evenings.
"If the tent has two entrances, ventilate with cross circulation," she said.
Campers who have found a shady spot by pitching their tents under trees should watch out for thunderstorms. At the first sign of thunder and lightning, they should leave their tent to avoid being struck by a falling branch or even a toppling tree.
Campers who do not own a tent yet and are going to buy one are bound to stay cool.
"Most of the newer tents are made of materials that divert some of the heat that develops," Gross noted.
Models with an inner tent are practical - the flysheet or outer tent - can be opened for ventilation while the inner tent stays shut to keep out bugs.
Regardless of whether the tent is old or new, campers stay cooler on mild nights when the number of tent occupants does not exceed the manufacturer's recommendations.
And if it is still too warm for comfort, Gross has a little tip: "If you can't stand the heat, you can get out and sleep in a sleeping bag alongside the tent."
[dpa / Expatica]