How to Cool a Tent Without Electricity?

Last Updated on July 4, 2022 by Ecorf

If you love to travel light and don’t require a portable generator for your camping trips, you must have an alternative on how to cool your tent without electricity. 

Packing a power source with you can be a bit of a burden; most times, the main reason why we take them along is to power our gadgets; and maybe to prepare dinner. 

There are different ways to make a camping tent airier, with proper ventilation, you shouldn’t have a hard time relaxing, after a long day. 

For most people, they don’t like camping in hot summer weather, but for the guys and me, we go camping all year round. From mountainous terrains in Europe to sandy, sweaty jungles in Africa, the fun doesn’t stop.  So how exactly do we cope in our tents without electricity? It is simple, we get creative. 

Without wasting any more time, let’s get right into the gist. 

How to Cool a Tent Without Electricity?

There is no secret to it; you are camping under the sky (or moon), so it shouldn’t be all that difficult to ventilate your tent. Once you know how to do this, you would not need to pack a camping fan for when it gets hot. 

How to Cool a Tent Without Electricity

You should understand that no matter what approach you take, what you should be interested in is to keep the temperature inside the tent to the barest minimum. You can achieve this by

Choose the Right Tent 

When camping outdoors, you must choose a tent that is right for the weather. If you are going to be camping in summer, you should pack with you a light tent. You want to be careful not to choose a weak material, so as it doesn’t get ruptured by the terrain. Choose a durable material that is capable of providing insulation, so you can stay cool even when it is hot outside. 

Camping tents made from nylon and poly-cotton material are best for summer camping. They are durable and weather-resistant and are light enough to be carried on a backpack. 

Some tents feature technology that keeps them insulated, so you may want to consider that option if you are interested. 

Tent design is another thing to check when shopping for one. A good tent should have proper ventilation. Be on the lookout for little details that provides extra ventilation when choosing a camping tent for hot weather. 

Choose the Right Location 

Where you site your tent can also help to keep you warm when camping in the heat. The best thing is to pitch your tent under, or close to shade. You can always choose an area close to a big tree, so you can get enough breeze when the branches move. You want to be careful not to be under a weak branch, so you don’t get injured should it come falling. 

Once you have chosen the right spot, you want to ensure that you dig the foot of the tent deep into the ground. So you don’t get blown away in the middle of the night when there is a strong wind. If there is more than one tent in an area, you want to space them out, so they can get enough air. Keeping them close together is not best when there is no electricity or power fan. 


You can always pitch your tent close together when camping in winter or cold weather as it helps to provide additional warmth. But for summer, you want to pitch your tent where there is enough ventilation. The goal is to stay close to where there is proper ventilation, so you want to look carefully for one. 

Cool the Air Inside the Tent 

Another way to bring down the heat when sleeping outdoors is to cool the air inside the tent. You can do this with a battery-powered fan. There are portable options that you can pack with you when going on a hiking trip. You can fix them however you want inside the tent. For hot weather conditions, get them to rest above you as you sleep. So you can get enough breeze instead of other parts of the tent. 

If you have access to ice blocks, you can place them close to the fan, so as they can provide a cooling effect as the fan blows on them. Of course, it can be difficult to find an ice block if you are camping without a generator and ice machine, but you can always ask around from the locales, or get into town. 

A reflective Tarpaulin 

It can be uncomfortable relaxing inside your tent during the day when the sun is out. You can remedy the situation by using a reflective tarp to bounce off the rays of the sun. Place the tarpaulin on the top of the tent or in the direction with the most heat. It doesn’t matter how you do it, and it doesn’t have to be pretty, provided it keeps you shaded from the sun rays. 

Get Creative 

There are other tricks you can try to feel a lot comfortable inside a hot tent, you have to be willing to experiment and try a few things. On some days, I lie on the sleeping bag, and it keeps me cool. 

If I am camping by the river, I can decide to pitch my tent close to the water, where it is always cool especially at night. You want to place your tent upstream in the direction of the wind. As I said, you have to get creative, find what works best for you. 

How to Cool a Tent Without Electricity

Final Note

I advise that you always travel with extra ventilation when camping outdoors; if you can’t go with a portable generator, endeavor to travel with a battery-powered fan. You can also follow the tips mentioned above on how to stay cool in a tent without electricity. 

How often do you go camping in a year? And how do you stay cool when camping in summer? We will like to hear from you in the comment section.