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Written by  Tiffany
, Posted on Tuesday June 25, 2024

Staying Cool in a Campervan During a Heatwave

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Summer is a fantastic time to hit the road in your campervan, but when temperatures soar, your cosy campervan can quickly become an oven on wheels. Staying cool is crucial for your comfort and safety. Here are some practical tips to keep your campervan cool during a heatwave.

Park Smartly

Where you park your campervan can significantly impact its internal temperature:

  1. Shade: Look for shaded areas, such as under trees or alongside buildings, to park. If no natural shade is available, use a portable canopy or awning to create your own.
  2. Orientation: Park with your windshield facing away from the sun. This reduces the amount of direct sunlight entering through the largest windows.

Ventilation is Key

Proper airflow can make a huge difference:

  1. Windows and Roof Vents: Keep windows and roof vents open to allow hot air to escape and fresh air to circulate. Use window screens to keep bugs out.
  2. Ventilation Fans: Install roof-mounted ventilation fans. These are incredibly effective at expelling hot air and bringing in cooler air, especially when used in the evening or early morning when outside temperatures are lower.

Reflective Window Covers

Blocking out the sun’s rays helps to keep the interior cool:

  1. Reflectix: This reflective insulation material can be cut to fit your windows. It reflects sunlight away from your campervan, keeping the interior cooler.
  2. Thermal Curtains: Use thermal or blackout curtains to block out the sun’s heat. They also provide privacy and help maintain a comfortable temperature inside.

Portable Fans and Cooling Devices

Portable fans can be a lifesaver in the heat:

  1. Battery-Operated Fans: These are great for off-grid camping. Position them near open windows or vents to enhance airflow.
  2. Portable Air Conditioners: If you have access to electricity, a portable AC unit can be a game-changer.

Stay Hydrated and Wear Light Clothing

Keeping yourself cool is as important as keeping your campervan cool:

  1. Hydrate: Drink plenty of water throughout the day. Consider using a cooler to keep your drinks chilled.
  2. Light Clothing: Wear lightweight, breathable fabrics such as cotton or linen. Avoid dark colours that absorb heat.

Cook Outside

Using your camper van’s stove or oven can quickly heat up the interior:

  1. Outdoor Cooking: Opt for grilling or using a portable camping stove outside. This keeps the heat out of your campervan and allows you to enjoy the outdoors.
  2. Cold Meals: Prepare cold meals like salads, sandwiches, or fruit platters. They’re refreshing and don’t require any cooking.

Plan Activities Wisely

Adjust your schedule to avoid the peak heat:

  1. Morning and Evening: Plan outdoor activities for the cooler parts of the day, early morning, and late evening.
  2. Siesta Time: During the hottest part of the day, find a cool spot to relax, read, or nap.

Use Cooling Accessories

Certain accessories can help you stay cool:

  1. Cooling Towels: These can be soaked in water and placed around your neck or on your head for a quick cool-down.
  2. Misting Fans: A small fan with a misting feature can provide a refreshing spray of water, helping to cool the air around you.

Take Advantage of Natural Water Sources

If you’re camping near a lake, river, or the sea:

  1. Swim: Take regular dips to keep your body temperature down.
  2. Shade Near Water: Set up your relaxation area near the water where the air is typically cooler.

Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Keeping your campervan cool during a heatwave requires a combination of smart planning, effective ventilation, and a few handy gadgets. By following these tips, you can enjoy your summer adventures without melting in the process. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and enjoy the open road!