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Tips to Stay Cool During Summer RV Trips

Posted on Aug 05, 2020

Tips to Stay Cool During Summer RV Trips

We’re in the heat of summer out here in California, and there’s no better time to get outside and escape the crowds in an Orange Country trailer rental than right now. As the leader in Southern California RV rentals, 1st Choice RV is always encouraging our guests to get out and explore all that The Golden State has to offer. Of course, traveling in the heat of the season comes with its own set of challenges – not the least of which is trying to stay cool. If you’re ready for an Orange County trailer rental adventure but a little anxious about the impending heat you may encounter along the way have no fear. Below are six of our best tips for staying cool while you have your Southern California RV rentals out on the road.

Choose the Right Destination

The easiest way to stay cool during summer RV road trips is to put some thought into your destinations. In California, consider heading up to the mountains or at least a little higher in elevation where temperatures tend to be a little cooler. If mountains aren’t your thing, park your Orange County trailer rental under the impressive canopy of some of our massive red wood forests. Still not convinced? Park it on the beach and take advantage of cool ocean breezes and chilly dips in the Pacific Ocean.

Pack Appropriately

When packing for your RV trip, remember to bring all of the hot weather essentials. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and protective hats are all must haves. Depending on your daily itinerary, consider having some water spray bottles to cool down your skin while out and about. Additionally, light long-sleeve layers can be a great way to keep the sun off your skin while maintaining a relatively cool body temperature.

Seek Shade

While in camp, set up an awning or shade tarp for added protection. When out exploring the great outdoors, try to avoid the heat of the day and take advantage of natural shade when it is available. Perhaps you save your beach time for the mornings or evenings and go for a hike in the coastal forest during the heat of the day. Take advantage of Mother Nature’s natural cooling system, and build your day around her schedule.

Consider your Food

Staying cool goes much further than just avoiding the sun. As you meal plan for your RV trip, think of menu items that will be enjoyable to eat and easy to digest in hot weather. Additionally, when packing your motorhome’s refrigerator, be sure to leave plenty of room so the cold air can move throughout keeping everything chill. Further, having a fully packed cooler of ice is always a good idea. If you can, pre-freeze some jugs of water to make your ice last even longer.

Air Condition Naturally

Motorhome air conditioners aren’t as powerful as what you may be used to back home. To really keep your interior space cool while on the road, take advantage of lower morning and evening temperatures and any accompanying breezes by leaving your windows open. Further, avoid cooking in the oven and unplug any electronics you aren’t using. While it doesn’t seem like much, these little things can add up!

Drink Plenty of Water

You can never be reminded of this one enough. In hot climates, and while exerting yourself, always drink plenty of water. If you are thirsty, you are likely already dehydrated. Stay ahead of that by drinking water first thing in the morning and before you go to bed at night. Try to avoid beverages like coffee, soda, or alcohol in the middle of the day. Staying hydrated can keep you cool, healthy, and energized even on the hottest days of the season.


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