Ways to Keep Warm in a Tent

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Ways to Keep Warm in a Tent
Stay warm while sleeping in your tent. (tent site image by Mike & Valerie Miller from Fotolia.com)

Camping out under the stars is a good way to put the pressures of home and work on hold and get back to nature. However, the number of warm nights to camp out are limited to a few months out of the year, especially if you live in a northern state. Luckily, staying warm in your tent is not impossible when camping out in cold weather.

Sleeping Bag and Insulation

Bringing the appropriate sleeping bag is the first step in keeping warm in your tent. Each sleeping bag is made differently, depending on the needs of the individual. Some are more effective than others in keeping out the cold. If you are going to camp out in colder weather, be sure your sleeping bag is rated for such temperatures.

However, sometimes your sleeping bag is not enough to keep you warm, so you will need to insulate it. Since the ground beneath you is cold, you lose body heat via contact with it. Keep away from direct contact with the cold ground by putting a pad, blankets and even newspaper beneath you. Since you lose heat through your head, wearing a wool cap while you sleep also will keep you warm in your sleeping bag.


What you wear to bed is another important way to stay warm in your tent at night. According to Scouting Digest, never wear the clothes to bed that you had on during the day. Any perspiration that remains on the clothing could freeze and chill you if the temperature drops too much. Wear clothes made of dry polypropylene or wool, to stay warm. Remove any cotton clothing before going to bed, because cotton absorbs and retains moisture---such as your sweat---and will make you cold during the night. If you sleep in too many layers, you risk sweating in the night, which will eventually cause you to become cold.

Ventilate Your Tent

Instead, ventilate your tent. This may seem counter-intuitive, but ventilating your tent will allow moisture, the most important ingredient of a cold tent, to escape.

Eat Highly-Caloric Foods

Eating high calorie foods like candy or energy bars also will insulate your body as you sleep, as your body will work harder to burn off the calories while you slumber.

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