Nothing is worse than lying down in your sleeping bag only to find yourself freezing and uncomfortable. That’s why I wanted to provide you with 11 tips you can use that will teach you how to stay warm in a tent while camping outdoors.
- 1 How to Stay Warm In A Tent At Night
- 1.1 Tip 1. Sleep In Dry Clothing
- 1.2 Tip 2. Be Sure To Keep Your Sleeping Bag Dry
- 1.3 Tip 3. Sleep In Layers
- 1.4 Tip 4. Use Sleeping Bag Liners
- 1.5 Tip 5. Wear A Pair of Socks to Sleep
- 1.6 Tip 6. Buy A Cold Weather Sleeping Bag
- 1.7 Tip 7. Get Off The Floor
- 1.8 Tip 8. Hot Water Bottle
- 1.9 Tip 9. Eat A High In Fat Foods
- 1.10 Tip 11. Drink A Hot Beverage Before Bed
- 1.11 Tip 11. Heating Up Your Tent 30 Minutes Before You Sleep
- 1.12 Tip 12. Wrap Up In Your Sleeping Bag
- 1.13 Tip 13. Choose the Right Type and Size of Tent
- 1.14 Tip 14. Avoid Getting Up During the Night
- 1.15 Tip 15: Choose The Right Location
- 2 Final Tip
How to Stay Warm In A Tent At Night
Tents can get cold, especially, when the sun goes down at the end of the day. The best way to stay warm during the night is to make sure that you’re well prepared and have the right gear with you.
Hopefully, these tips will help you stay warm while camping outdoors.
Tip 1. Sleep In Dry Clothing
You never want to go to sleep at night. If it rained during the night, hopefully, your camping gear stayed dry. Here’s camping in the rain hacks to help you stay dry.
If your sleeping clothing did get wet, make sure that you change all your clothes (even your undergarments and socks). Have a change of clothing that you sleep in and don’t wear on your hikes.
In the morning change into the proper clothing that will keep you warm outdoors. Put your sleeping attire in a waterproof bag during the day, so they’ll be nice and dry for the following night.
Tip 2. Be Sure To Keep Your Sleeping Bag Dry
If you’re camping when it’s cold and rainy, it’s important to take some precautionary steps to keep your sleeping bag dry during the day.
This will ensure that when you’re ready to use it at night, it’ll be nice and dry and be able to keep you warm.
Every morning you want to make sure that you roll up your sleeping bag and place it in a waterproof bag. This will keep it dry, even if it does happen to rain during the day while you’re hiking or just caught off guard.
At night before you go to bed, you can pull it out of the waterproof bag (dry bag) and it’ll be dry and ready for you to sleep comfortably.
If it does happen to get wet during the day, make sure that you hang it up to dry before you’re ready to call it a night.
Tip 3. Sleep In Layers
Bring thin layered clothing for those extra cold nights. Wool is great for moisture-wicking, but you don’t want to bring that ugly Christmas sweater to keep you warm.
Instead, you want to bring thin layers like long johns, baggy t-shirt, mittens that can be peeled off if you get too hot during the night.
Choose comfortable clothing that is easy to sleep in and doesn’t retain moisture.
You’ll have the necessary clothing in case you have to get out of the tent to urinate during the middle of the night.
Never sleep in the nude. I know that having a bunch of layers on can be uncomfortable, especially, if you’re not used to it.
I’d recommend long underwear if you can’t sleep with a bunch of layers.
Tip 4. Use Sleeping Bag Liners
Sleeping bag liners are great for those extra cold night’s. If you’re a cold natured person, you can easily purchase a liner to keep you warm during the night.
Mummy-shaped liners are designed to easily slip inside of your sleeping bag. It adds extra warmth to your bag and it keeps it free from body oils and dirt.
A bag liner can add an extra 5-15 ℉ of warmth to your body. There are all kinds of different liners from rectangular (also known as travel sheets) that you can purchase.
Tip 5. Wear A Pair of Socks to Sleep
Cold feet are the worst for me, if I can’t warm up my feet, I have a hard time getting warm.
Keep a pair of warm socks and a hat in the sleeping bag at night with you. Even if you don’t think you’ll wear them.
If you get chilly at night, you can put them on. They’ll make your entire body feel warmer.
Tip 6. Buy A Cold Weather Sleeping Bag
Do you due diligence before investing in a tent. You want to make sure that you it’s designed to sleep outdoors or for cold winter camping.
Most sleeping bags feature a temperature rating. Be sure that you choose the bag that has the right rating for the temperatures.
If you plan on sleeping outdoors in freezing near-freezing temperatures, you’ll want to choose a 20℉ bag instead of a 40℉.
Women bags are popular among women during those cold nights.
While you’re shopping for a cold weather sleeping bag, you might want to consider invest in a cold weather tent or take the necessary steps to winterize your tent.
Tip 7. Get Off The Floor
The tent floor will be cold, especially, if you didn’t use insulated tent flooring. Make sure that you’re sleeping on a sleeping pad or camping air mattress.
Just by getting off the floor, you won’t have to worry about sleeping on the hard cold ground.
If you’re sleeping on an air mattress, make sure that you put it on some type of insulation.
Tip 8. Hot Water Bottle
Boil some water and pour it in an air-tight water bottle to take to bed with you. It will help you stay warm for several hours and help you sleep if your tent gets below freezing.
Place the water down by your legs. If it is too hot to the touch, you can wrap it in a light towel so it doesn’t burn you whenever it touches you.
If you get thirsty during the middle of the night, you’ll have some water within reach.
Just make sure that you don’t hydrate too much, otherwise, you’ll have to get out of bed to urinate.
Tip 9. Eat A High In Fat Foods
Eat foods that are high in fat like peanut butter, chocolate, and cheese. These foods will provide you with a full tank of heat-generating fuel.
Take some snacks to bed with you at night. Just in case you wake up hungry you’ll have some snacks that you can reach for.
Snacks with simple sugars like energy bars and candy bars will provide you with a quick energy that will keep your body warm.
Tip 11. Drink A Hot Beverage Before Bed
After eating a good meal top it off with a hot beverage like coffee or hot chocolate with marshmallows.
The beverage will warm up your insides which will give you that warm and fuzzy feeling.
Tip 11. Heating Up Your Tent 30 Minutes Before You Sleep
Take the time to heat up your tent and sleeping bag 30 minutes before you lie down. Here are some tips that you can use to heat your tent without electricity.
You can also use a candle or a tent heater to heat up your tent before you lie down to sleep for the night.
Tip 12. Wrap Up In Your Sleeping Bag
Wrap that sleeping bag up as high as your neck and cinch it up. This will prevent the warmth from escaping during the night.
Use the flaps or cinches or your bag to make sure that it’s nice and tight. You might have to ask someone to help you cinch it up, but it’s definitely worth it.
Don’t sleep with your head inside. Your breathing will cause the inside of the bag to become full of cold-conducting moisture which will cause everything to become wet.
Make sure that you wear a knit hat to keep your head and ears warm since it will be outside of the sleeping bag.
Tip 13. Choose the Right Type and Size of Tent
Invest in a tent that is sturdy and durable enough to withstand the elements and doesn’t get knocked down during the night. Make sure it is waterproof and doesn’t have any holes or tears.
The tent should allow a small amount of ventilation to prevent moisture build-up. It should be well designed to limit cold drafts.
Choose a tent that has relatively enough sleeping space for everyone in the tent. The closeness of the other campers in the tent will keep you warm because their body temperature will throw off heat.
Be sure to check out this article to learn how to shop for cold weather tents.
Tip 14. Avoid Getting Up During the Night
Sometimes you can’t help it, you’ll have to get up to urinate. Try not to hydrate too much before going to bed.
Hopefully, you’ll be able to make it through the entire night without having to get up to use the bathroom outside in the cold.
Stop drinking any type of beverage at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Pay a visit to the little boy or little girl’s room before going to bed even if you don’t think you have to.
Tip 15: Choose The Right Location
Where you set up your tent can be the difference between freezing at night or sleeping like a baby.
Never set up your tent onthe wet ground a tree for protection from the wind. Make sure that the branches are sturdy enough so the branches don’t break if the wind becomes too strong.
Avoid placing your tent on a hilltop or valley. You’ll be colder and if it does get windy, your tent will be more exposed to the elements.
It can get cold when you’re sleeping outside in a tent. Hopefully, these heating ideas will help you stay warm even if you’re sleeping in near-freezing temperatures.
As long as you have the right camping gear and use these tips, I have no doubt that your camping experience will be great no matter what type of weather Mother Nature throws your way.