In South East Queensland we are usually lucky enough to receive very nice weather, with warm and pleasant temperatures and plenty of sunshine throughout the year. However, if you are planning on going camping in the summer months, there is always the chance that a heatwave will push the temperatures above and beyond warm and pleasant. Here is a quick guide which will help you survive, and maybe even thrive, while camping in these conditions. If you make the right choices then a camping trip is one of the best things to be doing when the temperature becomes almost unbearably hot.
A camping trip offers the perfect opportunity to spend your days in or around the water. When the temperature is well into the 30s cooling off in a natural creek will never get boring for you or your family. Taking a dip after quick hike along a track through the outback is one of life’s most simple pleasures. Compare this to being trapped in a hot stuffy city alongside the crowds and vehicles and you can begin to understand why camping can be one of the best things you can do in a heatwave.
If you are taking a camping trip in summer, it is always a good idea to bring along a canoe, especially if you know that very hot weather is likely. A canoe trip can be the perfect way to relax, stay cool and explore your surroundings, without having to expend too much energy under the hot sun. It is important to remember to apply lots of sun block when you are in or around water, especially to your kids, as you are likely to burn faster in water.
It is also important to bring plenty of water with you wherever you go and make sure that everyone in your group is drinking plenty. Dehydration can come on quickly in summer. It is not only dangerous, but will also make your experience much less enjoyable.
Camping in the heat can be enjoyable during the daytime, but unless you and your kids are getting enough sleep you will not be able to have as much fun as you deserve. For this reason, it is important that you buy a decent battery powered fan to cool down your tent overnight. If it is going to be really hot then it might be a good idea to buy a fan for everyone which they can keep close to their beds. If this is not enough, try wrapping a small wet towel around your forehead. This can be used to stay cool during day or night and is well worth it for just a few dollars per person.