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How To Manage Condensation Inside Your Tent

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After a long day of hiking, camping, fishing and other outdoor activities, you expect your tent to be a comfortable place of rest for the night.
The last thing you want is to spend the night in a tent that’s moist inside, especially if it’s practically dripping. Unfortunately, tent condensation can occur, thankfully, however, there are ways to deal with it.

Here are a few ways to prevent and remove condensation in your tent.

Why Does Tent Condensation Happen?

First of all, it’s important to understand where the condensation in your tent comes from.
Condensation happens when there is too much moisture in the air which, as it cools, will settle on the sides of the tent or items in the tent.
This moisture can get into your tent in many ways, but often it will add up from smaller sources, such as your own breath.

Condensation will happen mostly on cooler nights, especially if there is no breeze outside your tent.
In this case, there will be no draft between the outer layers of the tent, making it easier for the tent to trap that moisture.

How To Reduce Tent Condensation

The easiest way to prevent condensation is to open the rain fly on your tent.
This allows ventilation within the tent, meaning that rather than settling within the tent, moisture will be able to leave the tent.
Most times this will be enough to eliminate the moisture in the air.

However, the obvious problem with this technique is that sometimes you will want your tent completely closed up. In this case, try and arrange the tent so the fly is a far as is possible from the inner tent. You should have separate peg points for the fly so try and create as a large a gap as is possible.
If your tent door has a screen layer, consider opening only the top layers so that you can ventilate while also keeping out insects and dirt.
The same is true for other flaps or openings your tent may have, such as the Circle Ventilation on Coleman Tents.
You can always tailor this approach to the area or weather, but more ventilation will mean less condensation.
It’s also important to make sure nothing on the inside of your tent is touching the walls of the tent, keep your airbed and sleeping bags away from actually touching the sides.

Though ventilation is the sure-fire way to reduce condensation, there are a few other ways to remedy tent condensation.

Consider minimizing the amount of moisture that gets into the tent.
Any steamy or hot food should be kept outside the tent, as well as wet materials, equipment or clothes. Leave these outside to dry if possible before bringing them inside the tent.
Avoid wetter ground when pitching your tent, as the moisture in the ground can also seep into the tent.
If you find moisture is a big problem you could even try a tray or pile of charcoal inside the tent, as the charcoal will absorb the water in the air!!

The best way to prevent tent condensation will probably vary according to what conditions you are pitching your tent in, but the key to prevention is avoiding bringing moisture into the tent and, more importantly, allowing for ventilation so the humidity you do bring in can leave the tent.
If you pay attention to these core techniques, you can work with what to have to minimize condensation in your tent.