How to Dehumidify a Tent? (UNIQUE Tips!)

how to dehumidify a tent

You are backpacking through Europe or any other favorite place of your choice and you are in awe of the serenity and the peace that nature has to offer! Then you cannot get quality sleep because of increased humidity levels, if you have ever faced this then this article is only for you!   

How to Dehumidify a Tent?

You can dehumidify your tent by ventilating it, keeping wet clothes outside, cooking outside, pitching it away from the riverside, and using an electronic dehumidifier. 

This article will address all your questions, so stay tuned to this article! 

How Does Condensation Happen? 

Well, extra moisture means extra water in the water and watery weather promotes damp situations which suggest dewdrops in the water. 

When it comes to extra moisture or humidity in a tent, the formation happens because we exhale warm moist water. However, it does not happen on the outside of the tent as well, the outside remains cold. As a result, condensation happens in the tent. 

How Can It Affect Us?

You must be wondering, okay condensation happened however, what does it have to do with me? I am a fine young human being indulged in the beauty of nature! 

Well, well, sorry to break your bubbles however, you could name humidity as the ‘Sweat Prevention Centre’ (chuckles)! 

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When you have extra moisture in the surrounding air, it prevents your sweat from evaporating because your surrounding air fails to absorb more moisture. 

Thus, you feel uncomfortably warm and that is not a feeling that you want when you are happy, my friend!  You can connect humidity with the weather as well. 

For example, if the temperature is high it suggests that the air has high moisture. That is why humidity is low in winter and high in summer and we feel uncontrollably warm. 

How to Reduce Humidity in a Tent: 7 Steps Guide

First of all, maintaining healthy humidity is necessary for your health and comfort. However, we cannot fully eliminate condensation. 

What we can do is, we can minimize humidity with our actions. Do not ponder too much, I am giving you some solutions! 

Step 1: Ventilation 

Your tent needs to be well ventilated. When you are breathing and releasing warm moisture in a tent, it gets trapped in a tent that is closed completely. 

Thus, what you need to do is, you have to keep some open spaces so that the warm moisture from your tent can escape outside and air blows in your tent. 

Step 2: Wet clothes are your enemies!

Well, do not be afraid! Wet clothes are not your enemy when they are placed outside of your tent. 

However, if you are placing wet clothes in your tent then you are adding extra moisture and as a result, dehumidification fails! Thus, do not place your wet clothes inside of your tent. 

Step 3: Cooking or starving? 

Of course, you do not want to starve when you are campaigning! Cooking foods make the campaigning more fun however, do not cook inside of your tent.

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If you see that it is raining outside, keep your stove close to the door so that the excess heat produced by your stove can escape outside and you can stay comfortably inside. 

Step 4: Riverside camping is a big No, No! 

Camping on the riverside is indeed beautiful however, not comfortable in the long run. If you are camping having rivers or lakes, try to avoid doing so. 

Because the humidity level is higher in those areas and that space can help with the water sinking creating a more uncomfortable for you! 

Step 5: The place to pitch your shelter

Focus on finding a higher and dyer area so that it can minimize the conversation of excess moisture in the air. However, if you are setting up your tent in a lower and watery area, then it might sound like you are asking for the condensation. 

Because those places tend to have higher humidity and it is a major concern if you want to avoid condensation. 

Step 6: Soak the tent, If it’s wet already

Well, if your tent is already wet then of course you have to soak it first and there is no other way around it. Because if you are campaigning with an existing wet tent then at night it will increase the humidity level more. 

Thus, you have to make sure that you are carrying a dry tent. If you carry a dry tent and it gets wet in the rain, even then focus on the soaking part whenever you can because the excess moisture needs to go somewhere. Otherwise, you might have to compromise your sound sleep! 

 Step 7: Use a dehumidifier! 

If you want the best results then trust me, using a dehumidifier with the traditional method is your new best friend! 

It can ease your tension and mitigate the condensation smoothly. In this case, small and portable dehumidifiers will be cost-effective and easy to carry.

 If you have safety concerns, then please note that it is perfectly safe as long as you use a non-toxic and usable dehumidifier. So, do not forget to pay attention to the label and warnings! 

What Would Be the Best Tent to Pitch?

Well, the best tent depends on the season, location, and budget. As previously mentioned, humidity level varies with the seasons. Thus, the tent that suits you the best in winter most likely will not serve you the best in summer as well. 

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If you are going to pitch your shelter in chilly weather, then I would recommend you NOT TO use Single-wall Tents. Because these types of tents come with an easy ventilation process and that should not be your main concern in winter. 

Double-wall Tents are your best buddy in winter and other seasons. The less airflow process is helpful to store both the body. In addition, they chase the excess moisture away!

Wrap Up

If select the most suitable tent and you pay attention to the Do’s and Don’ts of pitching your shelter then, you can of course maintain a healthy humidity level and have a sound sleep without harming your health. 

So, to sum it up, follow these simple steps to dehumidify your tent –

  • Ventilation
  • Wet clothes are your enemies
  • Cooking or starving
  • Avoid Riverside camping
  • Soak the tent, If it’s wet already
  • Use a dehumidifier

Happy Camping!

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