We have had some fantastic weather recently with glorious sunshine and hot temperatures soaring across the UK, but we all know that when staying in a tent, caravan, motorhome or Glamping pod, the temperature can be a nuisance. With plenty of planning, there is no reason the hot weather should make you consider cancelling your trip. We have written the following guide to help families prepare for a trip away during hot weather…
Camping in hot weather with children and dogs requires careful planning and attention to ensure everyone stays cool, refreshed, and comfortable. Here’s a guide to help you make the most of your trip:
Choose the right place to stay: Look for a campsite or holiday park with shade, such as near trees or with covered shelters. This will provide relief from direct sunlight and help keep everyone cooler. Also, consider campsites near bodies of water or with swimming pools, as they offer opportunities for swimming and water play.
Time your activities: Plan your outdoor activities during the cooler parts of the day, such as early mornings or evenings. Avoid the hottest times, usually between 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its peak.
Stay hydrated: Keep everyone, including your children and dogs, hydrated at all times. Pack plenty of water and encourage everyone to drink regularly (ideally every 30 minutes). Consider taking a portable water filter or purifier to have access to clean water if your campsite or holiday park doesn’t provide it.
Pack appropriately: Choose lightweight, breathable clothing for everyone. Opt for loose-fitting, light-coloured clothes that reflect sunlight and allow air circulation. Don’t forget to protect everyone from the sun by applying sun cream and wearing wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses. Hot tip! Keep applying sun cream even when it is windy and feels cool as you can still get sunburn.
Create shade: Set up a large canopy, pop-up tent, or remove the sides from your awning to create shade over your pitch. This will provide a cool area where everyone can relax, especially during the hottest parts of the day.
Cool down with water: Incorporate water activities into your trip to stay cool. Set up a small kiddie pool (which is also great for dogs to cool down too!) or take water toys for your children to play with.
Use cooling products: Pack cooling towels, bandanas, or neck wraps that can be soaked in water and worn around the neck to provide relief from the heat. If you have EHU, freeze wet flannels or small towels overnight to use as cold compresses during the day.
Watch for signs of overheating: Be vigilant for signs of heat exhaustion or heatstroke in your children, other family members and dogs. These may include excessive panting, lethargy, dizziness, nausea, or vomiting. If anyone exhibits these symptoms, move them to a shaded area, offer water, and seek medical attention if necessary.
Prepare cool snacks: Pack plenty of hydrating and refreshing snacks such as fresh fruits, vegetables and ice lollies. You can freeze watermelon or grapes in advance to enjoy as a cool treat.
Ventilation: Ensure your tent, caravan, motorhome or Glamping Pod is well-ventilated. Keep windows and vents open to allow airflow. Consider using battery-operated fans to circulate air.
Remember, safety is paramount when camping in hot weather. Always check the local weather forecast and follow any heat advisories or warnings that have been issued. By taking necessary precautions, you can enjoy a fun and comfortable camping experience with all the family, even in hot weather.
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