Camping (Tent Condensation) in Heavy Rain

Tent condensation can be a nightmare if you deal with it too late. There are some important things you can do to prevent or lessen this from happening. The term tent condensation refers to moisture that collects on the inner walls of the tent and then in some cases drips down into the sleeping area. This can ruin your sleep while camping outdoors. Here are some tips!

Tent Condensation


How does Tent Condensation Occur?

The main culprit is the moisture in your breath that is not able to leave the tent. If the tent has closed vents and doors there is no airflow for the moisture from your breath to escape. This effect is multiplied by a smaller space in the living area and a higher number of people inside the tent. Additionally, as you sleep, your warm body is actually drying the ground you lay on and evaporating more moisture that can enter the tent.


Preventing Tent Condensation from Happening

You should leave the outer rain fly door at least partway open. This will ensure that additional airflow can enter the sleeping area of the tent. Luxe Tents have double two way zipper doors. We suggest leaving the top of at least one outer tent door open, since heat rises. The top vent awning will keep any rain out, if you only open the door a few inches.


Camping in Heavy Rain

It is important that you make small tweaks to your tent after constructing it. This will make all the difference and give you a peaceful night’s sleep when it is raining. You should choose a tent that has the ability to separate the outer tent rain fly from the inner tent sleeping area. Most traditional tents that you find will not have adequate airspace between the fly and the inner tent as ours do. This ensures that adequate airflow can circulate between the two walls. If you allow the inner and outer tent wall fabrics to touch, the water condensation from the outer tent can stream into your inner tent.

Hail Rain on Tent

What Does the Term “Misting” Mean?

Misting occurs when you do not allow for adequate ventilation inside the tent. Condensation will build up under your outer tent fly as you sleep. After this build up, the vibrations from heavy wind and rain will shake the tent fly. This will cause it to rain inside your tent. Wow! How is this avoided? Let proper airflow inside the tent as you sleep.


Pro Rain Camping Tips

  • Choose a campsite where the water can run away from the sleeping area in all directions
  • Heavy rain that runs down your tent can splash and bounce off forest floor debris into your tent. Remove debris from the edges of the outer tent wall to prevent this.
  • Use all the guyline (extra rope points) on your tent for maximum space and improved airflow
  • Creatively use a stick or extra trekking poles, to create a little awning at your tent entrance using the outer tent doors.