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    Default Keeping cool in a tent - tips?

    Anyone have some tips for summer camping?

    Links to decent battery powered fans or air coolers?

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    I always find keeping the sun off the tent is the most effective method, otherwise you just blow hot air around. Reflective fly sheets or at least some way of keeping the sun off the tent directly.
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    Default Re: Keeping cool in a tent - tips?

    My two top tips:

    pitch the tent in the shade, obviously,

    and secondly,

    Buy a decent heavy duty canvas tent. Pitch it propery, including the fly sheet. Itís not only to keep the rain off, it works like a tropical roof.

    Open the flaps during the day, but donít roll them up and allow sunlight in, peg them in at a 45degree angle to allow the tent to vent.

    and then obviuosky, spend as little time as possible in the tent during the day. Get out at sunrise, and go back in to sleep. A tent will get hot during the day.

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    Have a canvas tent and will look for the shade.

    Camping in Kruger for a week in November and know I'll fry.

    Anyone have any tried and trusted USB or battery powered fans/air coolers?

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    I have tried a couple and none worked well. I could say that they are a waste of money.
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    I have a small canvas gazebo just for my tent. Gazebo in the shade and tent under gazebo. Also travel with cheap small electrical fan for when we have electricity.

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    My 2c worth:
    - use a reflective sheet over your tent but use pool noodles or a blow-up beach ball to create a space between your tent and the reflective cover. You will be amazed by the change in temperature.
    - ensure enough ventilation
    - a small 12V fan (if you do not have access to 220V)
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    All of the above on managing the sun exposure.
    If you have 220v available, suspend one of these horizontally from the roof, so that it blows down on you.

    https://www.makro.co.za/appliances/f...00000065687_EA
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    Default Re: Keeping cool in a tent - tips?

    +1 for the reflective sheet, those things work wonders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shwam View Post
    Anyone have any tried and trusted USB or battery powered fans/air coolers?
    I bought 2 cheapo mini USB fans from Clicks last year before our December trip to Kruger. Make no mistake they will not make you cold but the slight movement of air they produced in the caravan at night, was an absolute life saver in the humidity. I bought two more for this December's trip to Namibia.

    Thing with Kruger is, it is a humid heat. Any movement of air will help.
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    If possible hang a very damp towel inside the tent but across the window gauze... Leave about a 30cm distance from gauze and towl to allow air to pass over and around towel. This will cool the incoming air, other window must be open to allow a through airflow. Pitching a gazebo or cover over tent with an air gap will help improve the cooling effect.
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    Trees or other secure bases permitting or available, I use a hammock with a tarpaulin and then I have to worry about getting cold not hot

    When I use a tent, I leave the top sheet off during the day to allow a better release of air straight up and out. If there is no rain, I leave it off at night also. I also use a camp bed which allows for the circulation of air underneath helping with cooling. I do prefer the gazebo and camp bed option though as opposed to a tent.
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    Default Re: Keeping cool in a tent - tips?

    Thanks for all the responses.

    Definitely going to buy a small usb fan and busy taking a look at some reflective sheets

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    Where in kruger? You have power at all campsites besides tzendse and balule. We have a 220v fan. Flat design with the rotating cowl cover. Life saver. We dont do kruger from Nov to Feb. we camp for pleasure, not punishment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hatjohan View Post
    All of the above on managing the sun exposure.
    If you have 220v available, hang one of these horizontally from the roof, so that it blows down on you.

    https://www.makro.co.za/appliances/f...00000065687_EA
    +1 this cant beat this. We have tried portable aircons and everything. This thing still works best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LandyLove View Post
    Where in kruger? You have power at all campsites besides tzendse and balule. We have a 220v fan. Flat design with the rotating cowl cover. Life saver. We don't do kruger from Nov to Feb. we camp for pleasure, not punishment.
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    Leaving my job at the end of the month and managed to get a few weeks off before I start my next one so decided to get a sneaky Kruger trip in before I need to build up leave again.
    Doing this trip by myself and chalets for 8 nights by yourself is a bit pricey.

    Just bought a rechargeable fan from outdoor warehouse.

    Hope it'll make this trip a little less punishing :P

    Thank f*#$ for AC in the vehicle

    And weather predictions for beginning of November don't look too hot at the moment.....so hopefully they're accurate

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    This: I have also extended the electrical cord. The same can be done with a 12V fan.

    By using this method, you can also adjust the angle, so that it does not blow directly on you, etc.

    That top vent on the TENTCO (leaving the scull cap open/off) helps a lot to draw in fresh air.

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    A few years ago we were mountain biking through the rice paddies in Chiang Mai in Thailand. The heat was 40 plus and combined with the humidity it was oppressive. We decided at lunchtime to seek some respite from the sun and get something to eat. We came across a workers eating house that had a simple structure of a corrugated iron roof and open sides. 200mm above the corrugated sheets they had a shade net cover and above this they had placed an irrigation system. At exactly 12h30 they set off the sprinklers on the roof for about 10 minutes, the fine mist spray wetting both the shade net and the corrugated iron, the resultant evaporative cooling dropped the temperature dramatically . The shade net ensured that the supply of water to the roof sheets continued for about 2 hours after the irrigation was switched off. I have never tried this in a camping context but I am certain it will work provided you have enough water available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hatjohan View Post
    This: I have also extended the electrical cord. The same can be done with a 12V fan.

    By using this method, you can also adjust the angle, so that it does not blow directly on you, etc.

    That top vent on the TENTCO (leaving the scull cap open/off) helps a lot to draw in fresh air.

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    That looks great!

    Think I'll do the same for the sites where I can get a plug point.
    Booked them all without power so hopefully they will have a powered spot open when i get there

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    So one of the tricks to this is is purchase correctly to begin with. I know for the OP that the horse has bolted already.

    Buy a tent with mesh windows, as many as possible, as close to the ground as possible, this allows you enjoy whatever breeze is circulating. Some designs have windows that are about 300mm of ground level, this is perfect.

    Buy a tent with a flysheet that attaches to poles and then is pegged into the ground making a canopy / gazebo rather than a tent with closely fitting flysheets. This also avoids the necessity of having to lug a gazebo with and stops muddy feet in the tent or the rain coming in.

    As stated, these silver flysheets are excellent, especially of you can engineer to get some daylight between them and the tent.

    Take thin sheet with on camp. Wet the sheet and place it over you and hope you fall asleep before it dries out. Works well.

    Have a small movable silver flysheet for when the sun is low in the mornings and evenings that you can position to allow you to avoid the blistering sun when you have no protection from trees and flysheets. That low direct sun can be a real bitch.

    Before you set up camp, find out which direction the sun is moving and try pitch accordingly.

    Don't sleep on blowup mattresses, they don't breathe and you will overheat.

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