How Hot Is Too Hot for Tent Camping?

Tent camping can be an enjoyable and affordable way to experience the outdoors. However, camping in extremely hot temperatures can be uncomfortable and hazardous to your health. It’s important to know when it is too hot to camp in a tent, so you can plan accordingly and ensure a safe and comfortable experience.

In general, if the temperature is above 85°F (29°C) during the day or below 45°F (7°C) at night, it may be too hot or too cold for tent camping. If you are camping during the summer months in a particularly hot area, it may be best to camp during the evenings or early mornings when temperatures are lower. Additionally, choosing a campsite near bodies of water such as lakes and rivers can provide some relief from extreme heat.

When camping in hot weather, make sure you drink plenty of fluids and wear light clothing that will allow your body to breathe. If possible, avoid strenuous activities such as hiking or biking during the hottest part of the day. It’s also important to stay hydrated with electrolytes throughout your trip and take regular breaks from direct sunlight.

Camping in high temperatures can also present safety risks due to increased chances of dehydration, heat exhaustion, sunburns and other heat-related illnesses. Make sure you wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 and reapply it throughout the day. Additionally, if you are feeling faint or dizzy due to high temperatures while in your tent, seek shade immediately.


Tent camping in high temperatures is not recommended unless necessary precautions are taken. As long as you take proper safety precautions such as drinking plenty of fluids and avoiding strenuous activities while staying cool with light clothing and shade when available, then tent camping in moderately warm weather should not pose any significant health risks.

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Jennifer Watson