I know I sound like a wimp, but summer is not the best time of year for tent camping in Florida. It’s hot. It’s humid. It’s buggy.
But if you do:
- Get a shaded site near water for a natural breeze.
- Pitch a tent with two (or three) times the capacity you need with fine-screened windows or doors for cross-ventilation on all four sides.
- If you are camping on a tent site with electric hookups, you would be wise to bring a fan or two. Seriously.
- If you have a water hookup, connect a hose with a garden sprayer and shower setting so family members can cool off during the day.
- Do not leave small children or pets alone in a hot tent.
- Bring plenty of insect repellent (with Deet) to ward off mosquitoes and no-seeums. Spray exposed areas of the skin, especially ankles and neck.
- Breathable rain jackets. It’s the rainy season.
- A pop-up shelter to protect against sun and rain. Very effective for creating shade over your tent.
Bonus Tip: It goes without saying that you should have plenty of drinking water on hand for hydration.
For more guidelines on Florida camping, refer to one of the checklists below. Your comments are also welcome, especially if you have additional suggestions.