How to Stay Warm in a Tent


Have you ever camped in a mountain or woods and spent your night in a wet sleeping bag or without enough sheets? If yes, then you must know that tent can be a cold and miserable place to live inside.

Every camper should know about how to stay warm in a tent because it is a skill that you require during your most camping trips, especially if you are planning to camp in the winter season. And if you don’t, you might end up having a cold and uncomfortable trip.

Our main objective here is to help you have a great outdoor experience. The following are some tips to assist you with staying inside your tent throughout the entire year.

Keep your clothes and camping gear dry

Heat release from your body in the form of sweat. Therefore, avoid sweating as much as you can and keep your essentials dry.

TIP 1. Keep your night-wear dry

Always change into dry clothes when you are going to your tent to have a good sleep. You’ll need a warm pair of socks, an agreeable number of base layers, and a warm hat. Avoid the cotton here; synthetics and wool fabric will protect you best. Cotton pulls heat away from your body.

One of the most common misconceptions about staying warm in a tent is that sleeping naked keeps you warm. In research by Liz McCullough at the University of Kansas, they tested dummies with a base layer and without a base layer in their sleeping bags. Those dummies who were wearing a base layer stayed warmer.

TIP 2. Your sleeping bag should be dry

It is important to keep your sleeping bag dry because it will be your greatest defense against the cold during night time. Sweating will release heat from your body in case you’re touching it. Synthetic sleeping bags will hold on to their warmth more when wet. Pack and store your sleeping bags in something waterproof and dry it out every morning.

Pack your warm essentials

Your coats and sleeping bags keep the warmth of your body in a closed space so you can stay warm. The better the gear, the more it will keep you warm.

TIP 3. Buy a good quality sleeping bag

With time sleeping bags are being praised more and more for their temperature accuracy, but how that feels still differs from one individual to another. Jason Stevenson, writer of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Backpacking and Hiking, suggests getting one that is rated for 10 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than the daily low, 20 degrees cooler in case you get cold sleeping.

TIP 4. High R-value sleeping mattress

Sleeping on the floor with a decent sleeping bag won’t be as warm as on a high-quality sleeping mattress. Today, you can find a variety of sleeping mattresses. These mattresses are not restricted to hard cell foam and thin Therm-a-rests any more.

All sleeping mattresses have R-value, which tells us about their ability to conserve heat. The higher the R-value, the more heat it will conserve.  Search for a sleeping pad that has an R-value of at least 5 or more for the cool evenings.

Because a mattress is inflatable, it doesn’t mean it will be cold to rest on it. Everything relies upon how well-insulated a mattress is. For summers, we would recommend an Exped Airmat Lite 5 with an R-value of 1.7, and for winters, you can buy an Exped DownMat, with its R-value of 8.

TIP 5. To have extra layers underneath

Sleeping on 2 mattresses will help you to keep yourself warmer during night time, but wool comforters, emergency foil covers, or extra clothes also work just fine.

Get ready for bed

With your camping gear, you need to prepare somethings before you got to sleep.

TIP 6. Make a hot water bottle

Perhaps the easiest approach to generate some extra warmth is to prepare a hot water bottle. Fill a BPA-free Lexan water bottle with hot boiling water and take it to your camp bed with you.  Philip Werner from suggests putting it at cold spots or where veins and arteries are close to the skin. Also, keep a separate water bottle near you for drinking if you wake up thirsty.

TIP 7. Do some exercise before bed

You can also generate some heat in your body by doing some running, jumping, and push-ups just before going to bed. But try not to do excessively, or you’ll start to sweat and then get cold. You can try changing clothes inside your sleeping bag; it’s an exercise in itself.

 TIP 8. Have a high-fat supper or snack

If you want your metabolic heater to keep burning for a longer time, then you need to have a decent supper or snack before going to bed.

Charlotte Austin, a Seattle-based author and mountain guide, also advises having something high in protein and fat before going to bed. The longer it will take you to digest the food, the longer you will sleep.

TIP 9. Stay hydrated but don’t drink too much

You should drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated because usually during winters, we rarely feel thirsty. But don’t drink too much water before going to bed because it will lead to washroom breaks in the middle of the night. Test yourself to perceive the amount of water you can drink within an hour of bed without getting up again.

During your sleep

After being all zipped up, here are a couple of tips to avoid getting out of your sleeping bag and not letting the heat escape.

TIP 10. Escape the cold in your sleeping bag

Continuous breathing inside your sleeping bag can build up moisture and make things wet. Keep your nose and mouth outside your sleeping bag because it’s always more pleasant to breathe cool natural air.

TIP 11. If you had too much water

Instead of going to a bathroom at night, you can also use a water bottle if you badly need to pee. Just make sure that you can easily differentiate between your drinking bottle and the peeing one.

TIP 12. Do some sit-ups if you need to

You can do sit­-ups if you wake up cold in the middle of the night to get your blood moving without leaving your camp bed. And if you do sit-ups on a regular basis, you can end up having great abs as well.

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