Simply put, all tents will incur condensation at some point. Our tents are a breathable 300gsm poly-cotton canvas and the rainfly is a waterproof polyester 150D. Although our tents are designed to keep the weather out, condensation can still naturally form without proper ventilation.
What causes condensation in tents?
Air temperature in the tent can become warm and humid from people, heaters, and a lack of ventilation. When the warm air inside the tent hits the cool fabric of the tent, the moisture condenses into a liquid.
How much condensation can form in a tent?
Did you know that one person can produce up to 1 pint of condensation per night? So, let’s say you have 3 people in your Skycamp; that’s potentially 3 pints of water inside your tent! Other likely sources of moisture are wet shoes, clothes, dogs, and even the air itself. Warm air can hold more moisture than cold air, so as the temperature falls at night, the more moisture is released into the air.
What weather conditions can make condensation worse?
Condensation can be made worse when the air outside the tent is significantly cooler than inside, especially after a warm, humid day. On days where there is a substantial temperature drop, it can be challenging to prevent tent condensation forming. Rainy conditions can also increase the chances of condensation occurring, often leading to the appearance of a leaking tent. Rain water on the outside of the tent causes the temperature of the fabric to decrease, leading to more rapid condensation as the air inside the tent comes into contact with it.
How can I prevent condensation?
Ventilate your tent: The most effective way to prevent condensation is ventilation. Having the proper airflow helps humidity escape the tent.
Mind where you setup your tent: Avoid camping near streams, lakes, ponds, or in wet or marshy areas where the humidity is higher. Yes, it’s nice to camp next to a water source, but this is a condensation trap.
Remove wet items: Take other wet items out of your tent and let them dry in a vehicle, sun, or other locations besides your tent.