Friday, 2 October 2015

Why do I get condensation in my tent? How do I avoid it?


Condensation is a problem most campers will experience to some extent in their camping life.  But often it can be avoided!

In this article I hope to explain simply,  why condensation occurs and then how to avoid it.

The first time you experience condensation inside your tent,  the natural reaction is to think that it's leaking and possible faulty.  After all,  there are many litres of water inside my tent?

Usually,  this is not leaking at all but is condensation.

The simplest way to test if that is the case is to set your tent up at home, and thoroughly water it with your garden hose.   For hours if you like.

I recommend doing this prior to taking your new tent camping.  This if you get wet you know it was condensation, and can plan to solve it the next night.

Sometimes,  during this process you might find your tent is leaking slightly from a stitching point.  This is normal to solve this the easiest way is to use some McNett Gear Aid Seam Grip Seam sealer.
Setting up your tent at home for the first time is a great way to familiarise yourself with your new tent.  Setting it up at home also means that if you need to you can deal with any problems you may find with the tent prior to heading on holidays.  Just make sure you pack away everything back in to the bag!

It also means you can set your tent up at the camp ground like a boss! Making even the most inexperienced camper look like a veteran!

I DO HAVE GOOD NEWS!  Condensation can be mostly avoided,  if you just take these simple precautions:

Never close all of your tent windows.   Keep as many open as possible at all times.  To avoid condensation,  you want to try have the inside air temperature the same as outside.

Any good Australian tent will offer loads of ventilation options that can be used in all weather conditions.

Please remember,  tents are not designed to help you stay warm, but they are designed to protect you from the wind, rain, insects and to provide you with privacy.  To stay warm, the best thing is a good hooded sleeping bag,  thermal underwear and maybe a beanie.

I hope this post helps you understand how to best use your tent, and avoid condensation!


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