Summer means more time to find ways to escape the city -- or at least escape the usual routine -- and head outdoors for a breath of fresh air. And along with that delicious breath of fresh, outdoor air, there will also be a few other familiar faces of summertime. Hello blistering heat, and biting bugs! Neither should be a deterrent to having a rejuvenating time in the outdoors though, so we've pulled together some inTents tips to keep cool and keep the bugs away!
SHADY, IN A GOOD WAY
If you’re considering becoming a tent host, or if you want to have something in your family that can be around for generations to provide a reliable retreat space, guest room, or just a really fun camping tent, this bell tent set-up is ideal to keep cool and keep the bugs away...
Fernweh Bell Tent + Bell Tent Fly Cover + XL Awning
This set up makes so much sense, creating a fun and functional home away from home for shelter, shade, and respite from biting bugs and other unwanted irritants. Here's why these 3 pieces work so well to help keep cool and keep bugs away.
Fernweh Bell Tent Features
Walls up or walls down? Your choice! The 360 degree double sidewall can unzip and roll up, revealing a bug-stopping mesh screen netting. Ventilation, without the mosquitoes!
Spaciousness! There is ample room to actually just hang out and have a great time in the Fernweh. Escape the hottest time of the day with a siesta inside the well-ventilated, shady bell tent. Loads of room! The 16" (5M) diameter means there's 212 square feet of space to chill out in.
More ventilation? Less? In addition to the sidewalls that can roll up, there are 4 screened windows as well as the door that can be zipped open or closed. You'll find the perfect cross-breeze, guaranteed.
Just for your peace of mind, in those circumstances where it's hot and windy out (high desert, you know what we mean), the Fernweh can withstand gusts up to 50 mph.
Roll up sidewalls make it even easier to keep cool and keep bugs away.
Bell Tent Fly Cover
This bell tent fly cover helps to reduce the internal tent temperature during hot summer days, plus helps to insulate during cold nights.
This cover can even be set up on its own to create a 16' shade structure!
In addition to aiding in keeping cool, the bell tent fly cover helps prolong the life of the bell tent, and makes cleaning easier.
XL Bell Tent Awning
Not only does the XL Bell Tent Awning feel like a red-carpet entryway to a canvas bell tent, it actually adds luxurious shade and shelter with 11.5' of space. Perfect for lounging in the shade outside the tent, or even setting up a cot outdoors for the night!
Made from the same, durable, waterproof canvas as the bell tent.
Add 11.5 more feet of lounge space and shade with the XL Awning.
TIPS TO KEEP COOL WHILE CAMPING
WHAT ARE YOU WEARING - The hotter it is, the less you wear, right? Not necessarily. Sometimes loose fitting, lightweight, light-colored clothing is the cooler option. Plus, loose-fitting clothes help minimize bug bits, too.
YOU'RE NOT DRINKING ENOUGH H2O - We said it, and we know you don't disagree. We all need to drink more water! And this is essential for helping our bodies regulate temperature and stay cool. Keep your water bottle filled and handy at all times, have extra water in your vehicle, and set up a hydration station in your camp kitchen.
SOAK IT UP - A cool cloth to the back of the neck, running water on the wrists, a hat dipped in a stream and then returned to the head ... if water is near your campsite, soak it up, using its natural cooling properties against your skin to help cool down the internal body temperature and find relief.
SPICY IS AS SPICY DOES - It's a funny but true thing, if you eat spicier foods, your body is going to feel the heat. Stay cool before you even get a chance to get too hot by sticking to lighter fare on hotter days. Fruits and greens are always a great idea! Spicy pad thai though ... maybe wait for fall.
A WELL-TIMED DAY BREAK - The day is long, and you don't need to be out there for all of it! Rise early and get in your activities before the sun hits its zenith, and you hit the wall. Then during those peak hours where the heat is at its most persistent, escape to the sweet, breezy shelter of your canvas bell tent.
Just add a canvas shade fly: The ultimate way to keep cool this summer.
All is well when you're inside the walls of your comfortable canvas tent. Nothing to bug in here! But for all the time that you'll be spending outside the tent, which will probably be quite a bit, here's some advice on how to not get bit, and to help keep the bugs away.
PRECAUTIONS YOU CAN TAKE
Avoiding the bug problem as best you can from the get-go is ideal. High and dry is a good rule to abide by when choosing a campsite that's not bogged down by bugs. Standing water is a literal breeding ground for biting bugs, so beware of where you set up camp. And be aware about just how juicy a bug magnet you really are by being mindful about your scents and hygiene products.
PRODUCTS YOU CAN TRY
There's really an endless list of bug repellant products on the market, and differing opinions about what works best. We do think that a top tip to keep bugs away is to have a couple of different options on hand; what works well for mosquitoes might not work for biting flies, what works well for Aunt Sally might not work well for Cousin Jake. Sometimes the bite from a bug can be more than a bother, and can be a big ruiner. We encourage you to do your own research to find the options that will work best for you, but here are some ideas:
Mosquito coils and lanterns, for larger outdoor spaces
Essential oils, diluted and used appropriately
Vinegar, spritzed on skin and clothing
Wearable repellant, like bracelets
Vitamin B1 peel-and-stick patches
This study is a few years old, but offers some good comparative insight on repellants that claim to keep the bugs away.
A chart from an NPR study, updated in 2018.
PLANTS YOU CAN USE
The natural world is filled with effective repellants to keep the bugs away. Tent hosts may want to consider the allure and natural appeal of using plants and herbs, living and dried, around the tent campsite. They'll offer guests a gorgeously decorated space, utilizing the elements of the outdoors, bringing joy, connection, and comfort. Here are some suggestions for plants and herbs to help keep the bugs away:
Lemon thyme can be used to help deter mosquitoes.
OTHER WAYS TO KEEP COOL AND KEEP THE BUGS AWAY WHILE CAMPING
A tall, cool beverage and someone fanning you with a palm frond? Sounds amazing! Short of that realistically happening, we have one more idea to keep cool. Bring 360 degrees of shade with you anywhere. The Umbrah Shade Kit sets up in 10 minutes, can stay up for as long you need it, and will provide the perfect shady situation, no matter how things heat up.
It's getting hot in here, so put on your loose-fitting, lightweight clothes ...
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