How to Make a Tent Warmer

How to Make a Tent WarmerCold-weather camping poses specific challenges, since it means exposure to the cold weather 24 hours a day throughout the duration of the camping trip. Whether it be on a snowy mountain top or a frigid desert, these conditions demand more planning than a warm-weather camping trip, and one thing to plan for is making your tent warmer. Often it is not enough to simply have a four-season tent, and additional measures are necessary to make a tent warmer.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tarps
  • Old newspaper
  • Wool blankets
  • Tent heater
Step 1
Choose a campsite with natural protection from the wind, which pulls heat out of your tent. If you cannot choose a site with natural protection, such as a cliff face or a large rock, choose one where the placement and spacing of local trees permits you to erect one or more windscreens using either tarps or wool blankets.
Step 2
Dig a shallow pit out of the snow, if you are camping on snow. Setting your tent up in a depression helps block wind from blowing in through the tent doors. One to two feet is a good depth, but even a few inches helps.
Step 3
Pack down the snow, if any, under your campsite and lay out insulation on the ground of your campsite before you pitch your tent. Both measures prevent your body heat from melting the snow underneath the tent. A layer of dead pine needles or leaves will do the job, but these might not be available. In that case, use a plastic tarp ground insulation.
Step 4
Place another layer of insulation on the floor of your tent. Some four-season tents have special pads for this purpose. If yours does not, place a layer of old newspapers on the tent floor, with a plastic tarp over the top.
Step 5
Drape wool blankets over the tent before putting on the rain fly. This provides a layer of insulation for the tent walls. If your tent has more than one door, consider not using some of those extra doors during the camping trip and drape insulation over those as well. Wherever you do not have insulation, more heat is escaping from the tent.
Step 6
Set up a heater inside your tent, but only if your heater and tent are compatible. Gas-burning heaters with dangerous exhaust are hazardous for two-man pup tents, for example, but not for eight-man canvas wall tents.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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