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CONDENSATION IN TENTS

11th December, 2011 l 9678 View(s)

 Condensation occurs when there is a difference between inside and outside temperatures and there is a waterproof barrier between them, examples are condensation on the inside of the windows of your house on a winters night when the heater is on inside your house and it is cold outside, another is condensation forming on the outside of a cold drink bottle after it is taken out of the fridge.
 
In the camping environment there are three main sources for condensation in tents:
Weather conditions: High humidity, low temperatures and rain are all contributors to condensation.
People: there is moisture in the air we breathe out and our bodies are always perspiring, the average person eliminates 1 litre of water per day through respiration (breathing) and transpiration (sweating)
Wet environment: wet or damp gear stored inside your tent.
 
No tent design can eliminate condensation completely but it can be minimised through ventilation.  All BlackWolf tents have vents, door and windows that can be used to for ventilation to minimise condensation.  Any wind or even a light breeze can be harnessed to assist in moving air through vents and windows to help control condensation. Here are some points to keep in mind on your next camping trip when choosing a campsite, pitching your tent and using your tent:
 

  • Open internal weatherproof vents; such as the roof vents in a Turbo tent or the solid fabric doors on the inner tent of a dome for ventilation.
  • Guy out external window flaps or ground level vents to allow airflow
  • Position you tent so that the prevailing wind will assist with air flow through your tent helping to minimise condensation
  • In wet humid weather be aware that wet gear will increase the amount of condensation in your tent so where practical store this wet gear outside the tent
 
Knowing and understanding the causes for condensation is the key to controlling it and now you know the causes you can utilise the ventilation components of your tent to minimise condensation for a more comfortable camping experience.