When I go camping with my friends, I always find myself being the last to leave the car, and the first to re-enter it when the trip’s over and it’s time to go home. They love to rag on me for my inability to cope with nature, but I’ve told them time and time again: I love nature, and I love being in nature. I just hate the temperatures outside! We live in the deep south, so camping trips outside of Winter usually result in me becoming incredibly dehydrated. It’s a miserable experience, and I often find myself smelling awful from the profuse sweating and the lack of a proper shower over two days. After several insufferable trips into the woods with my friends, I swore I would locate something that would help me stay cool during these camping trips. Fortunately for me, I discovered just that when I stumbled upon a portable swamp cooler. When I read about how they require only cool wet pads and an air blower to work, I was sold. I ordered a portable swamp cooler to pick up from the hardware shop down the road from my house, and a few days later it was available for pick-up. I was so excited to use this device on my next camping trip, I just had to test it out for myself! After setting up my tent in the backyard, I placed the swamp cooler inside the tent. After putting a small bag of ice into the canister, I turned on the machine and waited patiently for the cool air to arrive. That’s when things went a bit south for me. See, the southern climate is very hot, but also very humid and wet. For that reason, anything that increases humidity – regardless of how cold it can make a room – will only make the inhabitants feel clammy. Such was the case for me, as I felt like I had been caught outside in a rainstorm in Autumn. I was so disappointed! I wish I had done more research on what climate was most suitable for this kind of cooling equipment. Well, at least now I know what I really need to cool down in the tent: Something that makes the air cool and dry!