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22 Ways to Keep the Camping Hot Tent Warm | Camping Tips

I often go camping in winter. Sometimes the tent becomes very cold, especially at night. Now, I know most people will say, “Buy a better sleeping mat!”. But from experience, I really don’t think that’s all. Of course, high-quality sleeping mats are very important, but knowing how to keep the camping tent warm is the key to camping trip.


  • Invest in the right tent
  • Investment tent safety heater
  • Use camping fire
  • Use polyester film blanket
  • Use large and extra cotton blanket
  • Use a temperature-rated sleeping bag
  • Cover my head
  • Dry my sleeping mat
  • Use of camping bed
  • Grounding insulation
  • Ventilate my tent
  • Cover my tent
  • Select a smart camping site
  • Keep my feet warm
  • Wear appropriate pajamas
  • Let blood flow; Sleep warm
  • Moisturizing
  • Eat high-calorie dinner
  • Use hot water kettle
  • Use Heat Rocks/disposable heating bag
  • Use heaters for children
  • Tent insulation

1. Purchase Appropriate Tents

The first step to keep warm in the tent is to choose a tent that can withstand the challenges of winter camping travel. Generally speaking, the design range of tents ranges from light season 1 tents to heavy season 5 adventure tents. For camping in cold weather, I don’t recommend tents in season 1, 2 or even 3. On the contrary, please choose tents with 4 seasons or more, especially if you want to camp in extremely cold weather. However, no standard four-season tent can withstand the harsh challenges of winter and early spring. On the contrary, suitable winter tents should have enough insulating materials and be weatherproof. It should provide warmth for cold weather and withstand the harsh conditions of winter camping, including cold winter gusts and snowfall.

2. Investment in Tent Safety Heater

As their name implies, the heater is used in the tent and emits heat to keep the interior comfortable and warm. I don’t recommend using the heater all night. Instead, run it for a while and then turn it off. Wood-burning stove can effectively warm your tent, but it is only suitable for tents with stove socket.

3. Consider Camping Fire

I dug a ditch or pit as big as my tent to complete this task. Then I used the pit as my campfire for the night. As soon as the fire went out, I spread a layer of soil in the pit and buried the burnt coal and wood. From there, I can set up a tent on the covered pit and enjoy the warmth left by the campfire.

4. Use Polyester Film Blanket

It is very simple to use them for heat reflection, because all you need to do is fix them on the ceiling with adhesive tape. If you have an extra blanket, you can even insulate the side wall of the tent.

5. Investment Blanket

I prefer cotton blankets because it’s easy to drag them around even when backpacking. However, these blankets are not my main heat source, but my backup when the cold weather reaches its peak. I usually find it convenient from 2 to 5 in the morning, when the weather is very cold.

6. Use Sleeping Bags with Rated Temperature (sleeping Bags Warm Enough)

Now, it is easy to think that you can use any sleeping bag to keep warm, but this is not the case. The ideal sleeping bag for winter use should have a rated temperature. Specially designed sleeping bags should be rated at zero degrees. I also prefer waterproof sleeping bags to keep the water and moisture in them. Finally, consider the size. This seems to be a trivial suggestion, but it will affect the thermal insulation of your bag.

7. Add Sleeping Bag Liner

This is not a necessity, especially if you have a proper sleep system, but when the cold temperature is lower than expected, having one can provide additional protection. Another advantage of sleeping bag lining is that they can keep your bag clean, especially when you are sweaty and have no time to shower. It eliminates the need for you to clean the bag regularly, thus extending the service life of the bag.

8. Cover Your Head

Don’t bury your head in the sleeping bag to avoid condensation, but in turn, it will lead to body heat loss. Yes, our bodies can dissipate heat through our heads. The good news is that you can wear knitted hats, warm hats or scarves to prevent heat on your head and face.Make sure it doesn’t block your nose or make you feel uncomfortable.

9. Dry Your Sleeping Bag

Another convenient technique for using sleeping bags is to completely dry them after use. After a good sleep, it is important to roll the tent outside. It would be better if you could hang it in a cool place. Drying your sleeping bag can eliminate moisture and cold, which is the last thing you want when you enter the sleeping bag.

10. Consider a Camping Bed

They are especially convenient for camping in winter because they eliminate the cold penetration from the tent floor to my body. Remember, our bodies can feel cold through conduction. When you sleep on a cold surface, it may absorb your temperature from you. A crib can help you get rid of this situation.

11. Consider Grounding Insulation

Ground insulation is critical, especially if you do not have a camping bed and must sleep directly on the tent floor. Although the sleeping mats themselves provide a good way to sleep, they may need some help. Place insulating mat or foam on the ground to provide a layer of barrier and increase the insulation of mat.

12. Keep the Tent Ventilated

Keeping the tent ventilated seems to be a counterintuitive measure, but it actually helps to keep warm in the shelter. Dampness itself is not a big problem, but the problem is that even the best insulated sleeping bag can hardly keep you warm when it is least humid. By ventilating your tent, you can eliminate moisture and allow fresh air to enter, thus keeping your tent dry and warm.

13. Defrost

Sometimes, even with good ventilation, frost is inevitable. Now, if you find that your tent has frosted in the morning, the first thing to do is to get rid of it. Otherwise, it may condense and wet your tent. Remove the frost, put your tent in the sun, and let the sun finish the rest of the work.

14. Cover Your Tent

Covering the tent is one of the practical ways to keep warm in the tent. This is much better than putting a lid on your sleeping bag, because the latter will only warm you when you are in the bag. When the outside temperature is very low, it is invalid.

15. Select a Smart Camping Site

Many campers don’t think too much about their campsite, but this may cause you to pay unnecessary attention to winter conditions, from rain, wind, sleet to snow. I always avoid the lowlands because it is where the cold air gathers. In case of rain, there are usually pools in the lowlands.

16. Keep Your Feet Warm

Our bodies also emit heat through our feet, so it is best to make sure they are completely dry, and then sleep cold. In addition to ensuring that your feet are not affected by moisture, make sure you wear a pair of warm socks. Always wear completely dry socks, because the slightest moisture may cause moisture formation.

17. Use Pajamas

Although it is tempting to go to bed wearing the clothes of the day, especially if they are still warm, this is not a good idea because they may be wet somewhere. Wet clothes won’t dry in your sleeping bag. Choose bedding made of breathable materials, such as wool, silk, synthetic fiber or wool. I have wool pajamas and trousers. I like their ability to absorb excess water while maintaining heat.

18. Let Blood Flow and Sleep Warm

In addition to wearing loose clothes, you can also enhance blood flow by doing some aerobic exercises before playing sacks. However, no matter what exercise you choose to do, make sure it does not cause sweating, because it will make you wet and cause moisture.

19. Natural Gas Hydrate

One problem with not drinking enough water during the day is that you can easily drink too much at night. This means that it is likely to be awakened by the call of nature. For some people, this may involve walking out of the comfortable and warm tent, and heating again feels like a difficult task. The trick to keep warm in a tent is to be active rather than passive. You don’t have to wait until you feel cold to insulate or find warmth. One problem with not drinking enough water during the day is that you can easily drink too much at night. This means that it is likely to be awakened by the call of nature.

20. Have a High-calorie Dinner

I strongly recommend a high-calorie meal. Remember, calories are the unit of calories. The higher the calories you consume, the more calories your body produces. In addition to food, hot drinks can also keep the body warm and provide additional body fuel – warm liquids, such as a cup of steaming coffee or water, can help generate more heat.

21. Use Hot Water Bottle

Put the thermos in different places around the tent. As time goes by, they will emit heat, thus stably surrounding your tent. For better results, you can even put some thermos bottles into your sleeping bag. But you need to wrap them with towel or heavy fabric to avoid burning. The package also extends their warmth.

22. Improve Tent Insulation

There is a foam blanket for ground insulation and a cover on the top to prevent the elements from entering. The walls of insulated tents should also be covered to avoid heat loss. Pay attention to the seam, because it is where most of the heat is lost.

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