Stay Comfortable and Safe With Our Tips on How to Stay Warm in a Tent
Planning on camping outside? It is definitely a great idea and something that you will thoroughly enjoy, I guarantee it.
That is! As long as you are prepared to whatever the natural elements will throw at you, you will be alright.”Kevin Smith
Seriously, you do not want to be caught in the middle of nowhere with your teeth chattering from the blistering cold. And make no mistakes about it, chances are it will get extremely cold once the sun goes down. So, let me share some of my knowledge to you on how to stay warm in a tent when camping.
Preparation is Essential
Now, this is a golden rule for any camper: You need to be prepared. You cannot just go barging into the woods without proper equipment. You will also need to familiarize yourself with the area first. How cold does the location get at night? Are there any specific hazards you should be aware of? Are there any dangerous animals you need to be aware of? You can inquire this information from the local nature and wildlife services.
Now, if the temperature is the only thing you need to worry about then you will need to adapt your gear for that specific challenge. Obviously, you will need to bring warm clothes like jackets. But sometimes that won’t be enough. You will also need to prep your tent so that you will be able to keep the cold chill outside and keep the interior of tent warm and toasty.
SOME FUNDAMENTAL GEARS YOU MAY NEED:
- Sleeping Bag
A Tip on How to Keep Warm in a Tent: Bring Some Extra Accessories
One important tip I can give you to help stay warm at night when camping is never sleeping directly on the ground. Even if you are in a tent, lying flat on the floor can be quite chilly. Try bringing something like a sheepskin rug. Animal fur and skin are great insulators and will help keep you warm.
If you don’t have any animal skin rugs then a yoga mat or an inflatable bed will also do. Put your sleeping bag over them and you have managed to become significantly warmer.
Preparing your Sleeping Quarter
Now that have the appropriate gear for your camping trip, it is time to prepare your tent for the night. Below are some tips you can incorporate to help ensure your tent is ready to face the chilly evening.
#1. Prepare a Hot Water Bottle
One of the easiest methods to help you stay warm at night is by preparing a hot water bottle. Boil water and pour it into an airtight and BFA free water bottle.
Make sure there are no leakage and place it around parts of your body where arteries are closest to the skin as these are the parts that get cold fast. There is another advantage to this as you also get a fresh, warm, and clean bottle of water when you get thirsty.
#2. Exercise BeforeGoing to Bed
Once you are ready to get into the tent you should try getting your blood flowing for a bit. Try a couple of push-ups and jumping jacks.
However, don’t go overboard with your exercise as you do not want to sweat. Sweating will force your body to cool down itself which will just make things worse later at night.
Remember, just a light exercise to get the blood pumping. You can also try and change clothes while lying inside the tent as that is a light exercise in itself.
#3. Proper Meal – Go for High Fat
Start storing some fuel for your body by eating a high-fat dinner or snack at night. Fat will help wake up your metabolic system and will help keep your body revving up the heat.
Pick a meal that is packed with protein and fat. As this will be slower to digest it will be able to create some much-needed heat and will also help in delivering a better quality sleep.
#4. Drink Water in Moderation
In order to help digestion, you will also need to stay hydrated. Have you noticed that get thirsty less during winter than summer? Well, water can help improve your metabolic system which also lends to our previous point.
However, you need to drink just enough water before going to bed. Drinking too much will have you going on a bathroom break in the middle of the night. Not something you would want once the temperature dips down to its lowest.
How to Sleep Better During Camping Trips
Now that you are prepared to sleep the cold night away I would like to talk about some important tips to ensure that once you zip in your tent you will be as cozy as you will ever be. Below are some guidelines you can utilize to make sure heat stays in the tent where it belongs.
1. Optimize your Sleeping Bag
I highly recommend the mummy bags during camping trips in cold climate areas. This sleeping bag incorporates a drawstring located under the hood which you can pull to tighten it around your face. Check for one that has a draft tube installed at the back of your head as it will help contain heat.
One tip to keep warm that is not widely known is using your breath to stay warm. If things are getting too chilly you can breathe into your sleeping bag for a while. But don’t overdo it as it can get quite damp inside the sleeping bag after a while. Just do it for a couple of minutes then keep your mouth and nose out of the sleeping bag.
2. Try Not to Get Out of the Tent
As much as possible you should keep the tent close throughout the night. However, in the instance when the need to go to the bathroom is urgent you might want to just use an emergency bottle. Or a “yellow” bottle as it is called.
Just go about your business using this bottle so that you won’t need to go out. Make sure you know the difference between your water bottle and your “yellow” bottle or it will be an awful night for you.
3. Do a Couple of Sit-Ups
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If things are really starting to get cold again then try warming up your body via a light exercise. A quick couple of sets of sit-ups will do perfectly well in warming up your body. It is also great for the abs as well. Just make sure to stop once you feel you are starting to sweat.
Extra Tips to Consider
If you don’t have a heater with you then a great alternative is to get a couple of good sized rocks. A 10-pound rock would do. Now, when preparing your sleeping quarters or during dinner, you should place these rocks over the fire.
Once they are heated enough, carefully drag them out of the fire and let them cool down for a bit, just enough to handle. While still warm, wrap them in a towel and place the rocks near your feet inside your tent. Viola! Your own makeshift heater.
Keeping warm inside your tent is all about being prepared and knowing exactly how to prevent heat from escaping the tent. Remember that any kind dampness within the tent will significantly lower temperature. Make sure everything is dry. Make sure you are sealed completely inside the tent and try to put as much space between you and the ground.
Hopefully, this article will help you fend off the cold during camping trips and make your experience as cozy as possible. Comment other helpful tips down below if you have one and don’t forget to share this if it was helpful.
About the Author
Ahoy there! The name’s Kevin Smith, the proprietor of this little travel and outdoors blog. The outdoors has always been a passion of mine since I was a kid as my parents were avid campers themselves. They taught me everything I know when it comes to camping, hiking etc. and I would like to do my part by imparting my know-how to like-minded individuals who enjoy the same hobby as me. I started this website in the hopes of helping other people when it comes to answering questions, giving tips and recommendations focusing on the camping niche. Along with some close friends of mine, we are here to help you make the most out of your outdoor experience. Enjoy your stay and enjoy the wild side!