How to Light a Tent

How to Light a Tent
The wilderness can get extremely dark, particularly on an overcast night. If you don't have a light for your tent, you'll have trouble finding things inside, opening the door and getting out for a late-night nature call. Plan thoroughly and have a number of light sources ready at your disposal.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Let there be light

Things You’ll Need:
  • Different lighting, as outlined in steps
  • Different lighting, as outlined in steps
Step 1
Bring a lantern. A lantern provides ambient light that will illuminate the interior of the tent. If there are multiple rooms in the tent, bring one lantern per room to provide full lighting. Do not use fuel-based lanterns as they produce harmful fumes and should never be used in an enclosed space. Candles lanterns can be used, but the risk of fire makes them a poor choice. Opt for a good, adjustable LED (light-emitting diode) or fluorescent lantern.
Step 2
Hang your lantern. Many tents include a hanger on the ceiling for hanging lanterns. This way, you can "flip on" the light just like you would in a room at home.
Step 3
Keep a flashlight by each camper's sleeping bag. While a lantern is good for lighting up the full tent, a flashlight is much more handy for shining light on a specific point, like the zipper pulls. Plus, a flashlight isn't as likely to wake other campers should you need some light in the middle of the night.
Step 4
Use tent lights. Another option is to use lights designed specifically to be mounted to the tent. Lights like the Coleman Tent Light can be attached to the top or side of the tent with a magnet and are pushed "on." Provide one near each camper to give everyone their own accessible source of light.

Tips & Warnings

 
Be sure to bring extra batteries and light bulbs, if applicable, to keep your light sources working for the duration of your camping trip. Headlamps are another good source of light for camping.
 
Be sure to bring extra batteries and light bulbs, if applicable, to keep your light sources working for the duration of your camping trip.
 
Headlamps are another good source of light for camping.
 
Never use fuel-burning light sources or open flames inside your tent.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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