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You don’t have to be camping in really humid weather to get stuck in a tent that is all damp from condensation. Even when it is cold and raining, condensation is a real issue for campers. A damp tent is an uncomfortable tent. Here are some tips for reducing condensation when you are camping.

• It is tempting to cook inside your tent with a small portable cooker when it is raining. Cooking creates a whole lot of vapour, as does eating.

• Avoid bringing anything wet into your tent. If you are trying to dry it when it is raining, look for another way to handle this. Awnings for tents are an excellent way to have some cover as well as taking many of the jobs we do inside out tent to the outside when we have the option.

• Avoid camping too close to water. A body of water will increase the amount of moisture in the air.

• Overcrowded tents or tents that haven’t been given some time on their own will soon get a lot of condensation. Give your tent some free time during the day, even if the weather is not on your side.

• Try to camp in elevated positions with plenty of air movement. A slight breeze will go a long way to reducing humidity and dampness inside your tent. Camping in a valley is just asking for a whole lot of condensation.

• Make sure your tent has meshing or a flyscreen so that you can keep it open as much as possible. Again, the trick is to increase airflow.

• While singled walled tents are convenient and light, they will often be subject to more condensation in humid conditions.

• Charcoal briquettes are a natural dehumidifier. They work really well at soaking up moisture from the air. It’s a good idea to have a couple open to the air inside your tent. Charcoal briquettes are not the only way to dehumidify a tent without a device but I find they work the best. You will be quite surprised at how good a job they do.


Do you have any other tips you can add to reducing tent humidity? Share your thoughts through the comments section below.

Jane F

Jane loves camping, hiking and anything to do with the outdoors. She might love glamping but she will do it all.