In certain conditions condensation can be a problem when camping. It is very alarming to wake up in the morning and find pools of water on the groundsheet of the tent. It doesn’t necessarily mean the tent is leaking! It takes just a few small changes to greatly reduce the opportunity for condensation to form inside your tent.
Waking up in the morning to see a pool or two of water on the floor of your tent is an alarming thing and one could be forgiven for thinking their tent is in some way leaking, but it’s almost always condensation that has formed.
How does condensation occur?
When warm air inside the tent comes into contact with the contrasting cool fabric, it causes condensation to form. The air turns to liquid.
Things that cause water to form in your tent
Did you know that a single person can breathe out as much as one pint of moisture through water vapor in their breath during a night’s sleep?
So imagine that you’ve got 4 people sleeping in a tent overnight, they’re breathing out a total of around four pints of water! That’s without account for other factors, such as wet gear left inside and the amount of moisture that a tent normally holds in it before you get people inside!
Not making use of the plenty of ventilation options you’ll find in your tent is a sure way to leave too much moisture and humidity in the air. Be sure to use all vent panels, both high and low on the tent by ensure they are not covered, open up mesh ‘window’ panels to promote better airflow and, when possible, open the door every so often to get the air flowing.
Touching or leaving things against the side of the tent.
Touching the side of the tent or leaving gear against it can cause water that has formed up to seep through the material to join together and form a pool on the floor that will only get worse the more the tent is touched.
Cooking & Using heaters
As well as the obvious safety issue that cooking inside your tent creates (you should NEVER cook inside your tent), using heaters can create extra moisture in the air that forms water.
Leaving wet gear inside the tent.
Wet gear gives off moisture when it dries, which will create condensation inside the tent.
How to avoid condensation in your tent
Here are some top tips from Vango on getting a dry night!
- Ventilate your tent!
- Store wet stuff outside
- Don’t touch the sides
- Never cook inside
- Turn heaters off
For the full list and more tips on how to beat condensation check out Vango’s in-depth blog post.