It’s summer and it’s hot! So do you still camp during our hot summer months?
Despite the heat, there’s something about camping in summer – warm days and clear skies, swimming, a couple of cold ones.
As you eagerly prepare for your summer adventures, take into account these summer camping tips and consider the weather conditions, which not only include heat, but also storms, high UV and winds, and protection from the harsh rays.
In this blog, we’re sharing some season-specific summer camping tips, with a special focus on preparing for different weather conditions, including the ever-important sun and heat protection.
Embrace the Australian summers
Australia is renowned for its beautiful summers, during which time, temperatures can soar, especially in inland areas. While the prospect of sunny days is undoubtedly appealing, it also brings with it certain challenges, especially for outdoor enthusiasts.
In addition to the heat, it’s important to note that some parts of Australia may experience summer storms, heavy rainfall and thunderstorms. These storms can be sudden and intense, so it’s essential to stay informed about the weather conditions in your chosen camping or off-roading location.
The significance of sun and heat protection
Prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can lead to severe sunburn, heatstroke, and dehydration. Our UV index is often very high, especially during summer, sun protection is not just recommended – it’s necessary.
Therefore, it’s imperative to prioritise sun and heat protection while camping and off-roading in summer.
Choosing the right awning for sun protection
One effective way to protect yourself from the sun and create a comfortable outdoor living space is by using a high-quality Australian-made awning. A good awning provides much-needed shade, allowing you to relax, cook, and socialise without being directly exposed to the sun’s harsh rays.
When selecting an awning, consider the following features:
– Durability: Look for an awning made from strong, UV-resistant materials that can withstand the Australian summer conditions.
– Size: Choose an 4WD awning that provides ample shade for your camping or off-roading setup. It should be large enough to cover your camping area and any outdoor furniture or equipment you have.
– Easy setup: Opt for an awning that is easy to set up and take down. This will save you time and effort, especially after a long day of off-roading or exploring (and if it’s hot or pouring rain!).
One reputable awning that ticks all these boxes is our Destination4WD freestanding D270 or D180 4WD awnings. These innovative awnings are designed to provide maximum sun protection, making it an ideal choice for camping and off-roading enthusiasts.
Summer camping tips and sun safety
In addition to using a Destination4WD freestanding awning, there are several other sun safety tips to keep in mind while camping and off-roading in the Australian summer:
– Sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF rating to all exposed skin. Reapply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating.
– Clothing: Wear lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect your skin from the sun. Opt for light colours that reflect the sun’s rays.
– Hat: Choose a wide-brimmed hat that provides shade for your face, ears, and neck.
– Sunglasses: Protect your eyes from UV rays by wearing sunglasses that block 100 per cent of UVA and UVB rays.
– Hydration: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
– Shade breaks: Take regular breaks in the shade, especially during the peak heat hours between 10am and 4pm.
Summer camping tips for your next trip
To make the most of your summer camping and off-roading experience, also consider these following tips:
– Destination selection: Choose camping and off-roading destinations based on the weather conditions. Opt for locations that are less likely to be affected by extreme heat or summer storms – and preferably with water to swim in!
– Weather forecasts: Stay informed about the weather forecasts for your chosen destination. Check for any warnings or alerts, such as fire bans or storm warnings.
– Packing essentials: Pack essential items for a summer camping trip, including cold water, ice packs, insect repellent, and a portable fan.
– Campsite setup: When setting up your campsite, position your tent, 4wd vehicle, or van and awning to maximise shade and airflow. Consider the direction of the sun and wind when choosing your campsite location.
Stay protected this summer and have more adventures
Camping and off-roading in summer is fun but it’s essential to be prepared for the weather conditions, particularly the sun and heat.
By choosing a reputable awning like the Destination4WD freestanding 270 or 180-degree awning that’s been designed and built for Aussie conditions, staying informed about weather forecasts, and following sun safety tips, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable outdoor adventure.
So, gear up, stay protected, and make the most of your summer escapades in the great Australian outdoors!