How to Keep Your Tent Warm
Sleeping in a tent can be plenty of fun but not knowing how to trap the heat and stay warm can make for a cold, uncomfortable night. When sleeping outdoors, it’s easy to imagine cold, sleepless nights. Always being prepared and planning for the worst-case scenario is the key to keeping warm and ensuring your camping trip is both memorable and comfortable. Whether it’s winter or just the typical cold night, following these seven tips should help you sleep warmer in your tent despite the cold weather.
Invest in a Good Sleeping Bag
While backpacking sleeping bags focus on weight minimization, sleeping bags for your average camping are all about comfort. There are several features to bear in mind when thinking of ways to keep warm. Be sure to get a good quality temperature rated sleeping bag to keep you warm during those extra chilly nights. The temperature rating identifies the lowest temperature at which the bag is intended to keep you warm.
Sleeping bags have season ratings so it would be wise to choose one that is ideal for cold temperatures. You also want to make sure its waterproof. A fleece sleeping bag liner can also work wonders in increasing your comfort levels. Lightweight and easy to pack, they add about ten to eleven valuable degrees of warmth to your sleeping bag.
The ease with which sleeping bag liners can be removed and washed and the additional comfort they provide make them quite popular.
Get a Sleeping Pad
One of the best ways to keep yourself warm is to have some sort of insulation between you and the ground. And you can do that by using an air mattress and a sleeping pad. Combining the two provides the best results. Sleeping pads have two critical roles to play in ensuring you sleep comfortably at night: insulation and cushioning. While most people assume a sleeping pad’s primary role is to provide comfort, it has an even more critical role in keeping you warm at night. On the other hand, an air mattress by itself will not be effective at keeping you warm as there will be nothing to shield you from the cold air in the mattress. So, it helps to put the sleeping pad on top of the air mattress. Thermoset sleeping mattresses are an excellent choice.
Have a Waterproof Tent
When shopping for tents, choose one that’s waterproof. The last thing you need when sleeping outdoors on a cold night is a tent that allows water to get in.
Depending on how many you are and the equipment you plan to fit into the tent, pick one that is just big enough but not too big. You want to avoid excess airspace so go for a tent that allows you to breathe comfortably, seat up and move around. A heavy-fabric tent will help to keep out the cold. Also, think about the flooring. For warmer nights, you’ll need to consider flooring that is not only waterproof but also insulted and versatile enough.
In case you are using your current tent, You should also check your for holes before you got to a camping trip in the winter!
Thermal blankets are quite similar to standard emergency blankets, but they’re often made for more than one use and are more durable. They have a high thermal rating so they can make a big difference in keeping your tent warm during cold nights. Whether you use your own body heat or choose a catalytic heater, you will be surprised at how effective a thermal blanket can be in keeping most of the warmth in. The trick is to attach the blanket to the roof of your tent using duct tape so it can reflect the heat back, keeping the tent warm and cozy.
Wear A Beanie
The body loses heat from any exposed part that comes in contact with the cold environment. And the part of your body that is most likely to be exposed when you’re inside a tent is your head. While some people opt to put their heads inside the sleeping bag as a way to stay warm, it’s only a short-term measure. When you bury your head inside a sleeping bag, the air you breathe condenses, ultimately making you colder at night.
Wearing a thin beanie ensures you’re not only warm but also comfortable throughout the night.
Carry A Few Pairs of Dry Socks
The secret to staying warm is to reduce heat loss and stay dry. A pair or two of thick dry socks will help your body to keep warm and retain the heat throughout the night. Ensure the socks are completely dry as any dampness will only result in loss of heat. It’s also important not to bundle up too much to the point where you’re sweating, which means you’ll get damp and start feeling cold. If you start sweating, get rid of some layers.
Use Rocks from Your Campfire
If you’ve set up a campfire, you can use it to your advantage to keep your tent warm. Heat up several rocks by the fire for about an hour or so. Remove them from the fire and give them some time to cool a bit. Once they’re a bit cooler, wrap them in some clothes or in a towel and place them in your tent.
Depending on your preference, you can place the rocks in the middle of the tent or inside your sleeping bag.
Keep Your Tent Ventilated at Night
Keeping your tent ventilated may seem strange as you want to shield yourself from the cold, but there’s a good reason for it. Your breath, as well as body heat at night, can cause condensation that will make the tent slightly damp. An improperly ventilated tent leads to damp sleeping conditions and will also result in your body temperature cooling down.
By keeping your tent ventilated, you also keep it dry and yourself warmer as there will be reduced dampness and condensation. Similarly, it’s important to prevent yourself from sweating. If you wake up in the middle of the night feeling damp and sweaty, remove some layers of clothing to stay dry.