Condensation gives perfectly good tents a bad name. People assume that the moisture within their tent actually came from outside, but that’s not usually the case. We sell the best camping tents in NZ and consider our tents to be virtually waterproof, thanks to the materials used in their manufacture. Therefore, we believe that condensation inside the tent is often the real culprit. With this in mind, and to help you maintain a dry and comfortable environment inside your tent, here are a few of our tips for you to remember next time you’re camping.
- Ventilation is vital. The single best thing you can do to greatly reduce moisture inside your tent is to give it every opportunity to escape. Thankfully, our tents are designed for optimum ventilation. Venting your tent will decrease the humidity and temperature inside, so make sure you allow for doors or side ventilators to be opened, with mesh inners to protect from insects. There may be an issue with letting in cold air but this is easily resolved through investing in a warmer sleeping bag.
- Choose your location carefully. Selecting the right position to set up your tent is one of the most important things you can do while camping, and this includes minimising condensation. Make sure you set up your tent on dry ground, away from structures and natural barriers that could restrict or block a ventilating breeze. If you’re in a valley, near a lake, river or any other body of water, you’re more likely to encounter condensation because of the moisture in the air. If you can, try and pitch your tent a fair way from the water to reduce the amount of moisture in the air.
- Never cook inside your tent. Cooking meals or consuming hot drinks in your tent means steam, and steam means a damp and uncomfortable environment. Always cook outside your tent even if it means setting up a small awning where steam will be dispersed into the air. Be sure to close the tent door behind you.
- Leave wet gear outside. When you drag wet gear inside your tent, such as clothing, the water will evaporate and increase moisture levels within your tent. It’s far better to leave wet equipment and clothing outside your tent where you can.
- Wipe things down. If you’ve tried everything we’ve suggested and STILL have condensation problems, you can use one of our travel towels, which absorbs four times its weight in water, and wipe down the droplets on your tent. Of course, leave the towel outside when you’re done.