Hot Weather and Screened Camping Tents
Hot or warm weather camping tents are made from materials that breathe very well. This allows maximum air flow not only through the tents windows but allows extra circulation to pass through the fabric.
Hot Weather Tent Design
Many hot weather tents or screen tents are made from two layers of material. The first layer or outer rain cover is a solid piece material. This material is for keeping rain and direct sunlight out. The second layer is a perforated layer or screen. The screen layer is mainly to keep out pest like mosquitoes and flies. This still allows plenty of air flow for cooling and drying.
Two layer hot weather tents have a removable outer layer of material for extreme hot weather. The outer layer can be removed when in a rain free environment allowing full air flow. This is helpful to help keep you and your supplies cool and dry. High humidity can build up in a tent if not properly ventilated. This can cause multiple problems including personal discomfort and mildew on your clothes and camping gear.
The hardest time to cool down is when in a sleeping position. Your body is insulated against bedding and only the upper section is able to cool. This is when a well ventilated hot weather tent is best. Hot weather tents also help prevent your clothes and camping gear from mildewing with the extra air circulation.
Materials Used in Hot Weather Camping Tents
When looking for a hot weather camping tent choosing one made of the right materials is very important. There are several different tent materials available. Depending on what climate and time of year you will be tent camping in will help you decide which tent fabric to choose.
Man made fabrics like polyethylene are more waterproof but do not breath well and are not very flexible. Polyethylene will keep the cold air out better making it warmer inside. This will make it more difficult to fold your four season camping tent for storage.
Nylon and polyester on the other hand are very durable and more flexible but is not naturally waterproof unless water sealed with a treatment. Nylon and polyester are also very light, breaths well, and will not rot. Polyester has an added benefit over nylon in that it is more resistant to sunlight “ultraviolet light” damage. This will help your hot weather camping tent to last longer when exposed frequently to direct sunlight.
What to Expect with Screened Tents
The disadvantage to a screened only hot weather tent is the lack of privacy. When you need to change clothes or any other private times the screen walls are completely see through. The single alternative would be to assemble the outer layer, if available, back onto the screened tent to regain your privacy. Assembling the rain cover will not take too long to do and is worth the inconvenience for the benefit of having a cooler nights sleep.
Screened tents are only recommended for summer camping. The extra ventilation would be too much wind for times of the year that are still getting cold at night. A screened tent with rain cover on the other hand may be usable during colder times as long as it is a full covering rain cover.
Hot Weather Tent Care
Like any tent a screened tent is best set up in a well shaded area. This will keep your tent cooler and help prevent UV damage over time. Sunlight is damaging to any camping equipment including tents. Keeping your tent in shaded areas when setting up, cleaning and drying it before storage, and treating it with a waterproofing will help your tent to last for many years to come.