In this installment, we look into how to keep warm in a tent so that you and your group stay cozy. Doing this can be somewhat trickier than when you are on the outside since it is an enclosed area. Outside the tent the campfire lets you huddle around it as its flames emanate heat. And you’re free to use different means to stay warm.
Keeping Warm in a Tent
But when you go inside your camp tent, you’ll want to take extra safety precautions which means things like lighting fires or using lamps that may have toxic exhaust aren’t viable ideas. Out tips below will help you stay warm during the cold nights or during the late fall or early spring times.
1. Use Tent Heaters
When it comes to heating the entire inside of the tent, tent heaters are among the best ways to get this done. These come in a variety of styles so you’ll want to choose the one that works well for your needs.
Choosing the type of heater may also depend on how much space you have on your backpacks or vehicle, as some are larger than others.
Of different types available, our favorite are electric tent heaters. These are able to warm the surrounding air and don’t use gas, making them much safer to use.
Though there are some newer gas heaters that are built to be safe so those work well too.
Other excellent options are catalytic heaters, which are small in size, and also heating fans. Though be aware that the fans do make a bit more noise.
2. Wear Dry, Layered Clothing
Tent heaters are great for warming up an area. But since every individual’s cold tolerance level is different, wearing the appropriate amount of layers of clothes will get you into that warm sweet spot you’re comfortable with.
With clothing you can adjust how much or how little your wear. When you feel cold just add another shirt, sweater or jacket. When you start to sweat or get too warm, you can just as easily remove one layer.
A warm hat, socks and gloves also go a long way to regulate you body temperature. Wearing your hat and socks when you sleep also prevents you from getting cold after you’ve gone to sleep.
Whatever clothing you decide to wear, it is very important to keep dry. Moisture will quickly let the cold seep into your system so staying dry and letting there be enough air circulation in the tent goes a long way in keeping the internal environment warm.
For more on layering, read our article here.
3. Take Advantage of Thermal Blankets
For some this is an optional accessory, but it works well when you’re lying down in bed and while you sleep. These blankets let you control the heat to your liking and give you that extra layer of cover that will keep the colder air away from you. This is specially helpful if you’re using a cot or air mattress that does not have built in insulation.
4. Use a Sleeping Pad under Your Sleeping Bag
Sleeping pads are a few inches thick that are placed inside the sleeping bag. So instead of lying down on the sleeping bag that’s right on the ground, your body rests over the sleeping pad. This provides an extra layer that insulates your body from the colder temperature of the ground.
Sleeping pads are built to provide both warmth and extra cushioning so you can choose how thick you want the pad to be. If you’re already sleeping on something thicker like an air mattress then a thinner sleeping pad will work since it’s main task then would be to prevent the cold air inside the air mattress from seeping into your body.
However, if your sleeping bag is set right on the ground and you want to get more comfort you can opt for a thicker pad that will provide more cushioning.
5. Get a Good Sleeping Bag
Sleeping bags are the last layer between you and the ground you’re resting over. More importantly, they wrap around you when you’re asleep. This makes them one of the most important things that regulate how much heat or cold you experience during your sleep time.
When selecting the sleeping bag for your trip you’ll want to consider the comfort rating that it has. Comfort rating refers to the temperature at which the bag is still able to provide comfort to its user.
Sleeping bags made for the summer will show higher temperatures since it is warmer then. While those designed for winter camping will range in temperatures below zero. These have the ability to keep you cozy even when there’s snow all around the the temperatures are in negative territory.
For most individuals a 3 season sleeping bag works very well. These are built for spring, summer and fall use and often have temperature ratings of 10 degrees to 40 degrees. For cold weather camping a 0 degree bag would be a better option.
Stay Warm and Cozy
When it comes to staying warm inside your camping tent, there are many different things you can use to your advantage. You can use heaters or rely on clothing as well as sleeping bags and pads.
Most often a combination of some of these items will give you that perfect temperature that’s comfortable even when the weather outside is cold and wet.