Stamp Out Tent Drip

Tent in the mountainsIf you’ve ever been camping in really cold weather, you might have noticed some condensation forming on the inside of your tent. As you probably know, cold temperatures and moisture are not a pleasant combination.

Moisture buildup in a tent can get everything inside the tent damp, including you. This condensation happens because the air outside of the tent is much colder than the body-warmed air inside of the tent. Water collects on the inner wall, and can sometimes build up so much that it drips down onto the floor.

There are a few things that you can do to help limit the amount of condensation inside your tent. The easiest way is to allow your tent to vent. If your winter tent comes with vents, open them up. If your tent doesn’t come with vents, open up the outer door a bit while keeping the screen door closed. Sure, this will let some of the warmth out of your tent, but it’s better to be a little chilly and dry than wet.

So venting is crucial for alleviating some of the moisture that can accumulate, but there are some preventative steps you can take to help out as well. The two main things you want to keep out of your tent in the winter, is unnecessary heat and moisture.

Avoid any type of cooking in your tent. If it’s snowing, raining, or windy, dig out a little hole under your vestibule and do your cooking there. It might be tempting to cook inside and warm the tent up, but this is just a bad idea. Not only is it a potential fire hazard, but it also gets the tent too hot, relative to the air outside, and ramps up the condensation that will form.

The more moisture that is in your tent the more condensation you will have to deal with. If you get your socks or boots wet, avoid bringing them inside the tent. One options is to leave them outside under the vestibule. If you’re worried about your foot gear freezing, you can toss them in a dry sack and bring them inside the tent. During the day, take every sunny opportunity you get to dry out your gear, this limits the amount of moisture you have to worry about.

 

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  1. […] Many people choose to sleep without a rainfly during the summer, but this isn’t really an option during the winter. Bring your rain fly. A tent fly will help trap body heat and keep you warm. A fly will also, however, trap moisture. This can lead to tent drip. […]

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