Is Tent Camping Safe? Important Safety Concerns To Consider

Is Tent Camping Safe? Important Safety Concerns To Consider


I’m sure it has crossed all our minds at some point while planning a tent camping trip, Is tent camping safe? Most people worry about security others worry about animals or both. I did some research and also thought about my husband and my experiences with security and animals while tent camping and that left me with a question to answer is tent camping safe?.

Yes, for the most part, tent camping is very safe and millions of people every year camp in tents with zero incidents. However, there are some safety concerns to consider when tent camping.

Continue reading this post for tent safety concerns to consider and some tips for better tent security against theft and wildlife.

Tent Camping Security

A huge concern when tent camping is security and while in most cases your tent will not fall victim to tent theft and or worse.

It is wise to consider the possibilities and try to reduce the risk.

So in this post, we’re going to understand some basic fears we have when tent camping and also talk about ways we can overcome these basic fears with some helpful tent security tips I’ve prepared.

Leaving a Tent & Campsite Unattended

Leaving a Tent & Campsite Unattended
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Sometimes when camping you will have no option but to leave your tent and belongings to go somewhere sightseeing or shopping. This is a time when most people have the thought cross their minds will my stuff be ok while I’m gone?

Now, of course, depending on where your camping you may have more to worry about. In most cases, your belongings will be fine when left in a tent in most resorts, caravan & camping parks & deep bush/wilderness campsites.

apart from campsites set up in the woods or bush, almost all other resorts & caravan & camping parks will have fences and cameras set up everywhere. however, I’m sure if you have a laptop or something valuable you don’t want to be pinched then these security features are not really a comfort.

My suggestion would be to leave your belongings of value with the resort front desk. more than likely any good resort or caravan & camping parks will offer this service to their clients.

My only other suggestion and something I’ve done many times is, use a tent lock. while it seems pointless these locks really add security to a tent. it’s easy to unzip a tent, it’s a lot more suspect slashing a tent and walking away from it with laptop or phones.

Campsite Theft, A Tent Break-In.

Not very often will you hear of someone’s campsite being broken in to and their belongings taken? However, while it doesn’t happen every day doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take steps to reduce the risk of tent campsite theft.

There are a few things i’d suggest to help reduce the risk of theft from your tent. so continue reading for 3 simple things you can try to reduce theft from your tent.

Camping Alone At A Campsite & Your Personal Safety

A few posts back I wrote about solo camping as a woman and id suggest giving that a read regardless of gender as I feel both genders will benefit from that post. It will answer quite a few of the questions you might have about solo camping and camping alone in regards to security and safety.

Generally camping alone is not that much different from camping with others. however, you are alone and with that comes a lot more responsibility for yourself and your own safety.

The simplest bit of advice I could give you would be to know where your camping. know the area/land, the weather conditions & the wildlife. knowing these things will help you prepare properly and will give you a greater experience.

I should mention that If camping in a caravan park, Try to be neighborly with other campers and the park owner & staff. Having some friendly people looking out for you and your belongings can be nice.

Sleeping In a Tent, How Safe Is It?

In my personal experience, the only thing you have to worry about sleeping in a tent is wildlife. I know Judo though ?

I say that based on my personal feelings, however, for some people you also have to worry about being attacked while this second scenario is highly unlikely.

Tent camping is totally safe when done right, and sleeping in a tent is no different, some could argue a tent saved their life from the elements multiple times.

As for the security aspect of it while a tent is not as safe as a caravan or RV when it comes to thick walls surrounding you. Not every thief carries a knife, to be honest, if they have a knife why not a gun and then not even an RV will save you.

Sometimes the risk is a price to pay to hear the wind and rain on a tent.

Between my husband an I and 28 years of camping from the early ’80s to now, we have never been attacked or had anything disturb us while we were sleeping in our tent not animal or human.

Tents, Nature & Wildlife, Tips For Peace Of Mind

Tents, Nature & Wildlife, Tips For Peace Of Mind
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There’s really no way to say it a nylon tent or even a canvas tent will not stand a chance against a bear wolf or even a large feral cat.

If a big enough animal wants inside your tent chances are you’re not going to get a chance to stop them coming in.

However, you can take some measures to reduce animals bothering you.

  1. Never store food in your tent.
  2. Never having your camp kitchen anywhere near where your tent is.
  3. If in bear country try suspending your food in a bag up a tree 100 – 200 meters or more away from your campsite.
  4. check the ground your pitching camp on check the area for footprints of animals, skat and other signs of animals. With this learn about where your camping so you know what bear poop looks like etc…
  5. Get an understanding of the country and land your camping on understanding animals seasonal migrations and movements.

These tips might be why my husband and I have never had an issue with wild animals while camping not even a snake. Ant’s though they are a different story ?

Tips For Keeping My Belongings Safe In My Tent

Tips For Keeping My Belongings Safe In My Tent
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Generally speaking, the best way to prevent theft from your tent is to hide your belongings out of sight, add the rain fly to your tent or cover it with a tarp.

Concealing your possessions is a good deterrent to a thief. If they can’t see it, they won’t know they can steal it, and the risk of getting caught for nothing is not worth it.

Putting laptops in bags or suitcases under cots or clothing, making it harder to find.

I would suggest where possible trying these 3 bit of advice.

  • Get a tent lock
  • Take your valuable items with you.
  • Leave your valuable items with the campsites front desk

Applying any of these tent security measures will highly reduce the chance of your tent falling victim to theft.

Tent Locks For Security, Is It Worth It?

Now really, it’s up to you if you like tent locks or not, me personally I do think they add some security to a tent, it’s a deterrent for some thieves, and that’s enough for me to use one.

However, tent locks are a pain in the rear and if your busting for a pee or want to get out of the tent for any reason during the night, you don’t want to be stuck there trying to find the key.

I still use a tent lock during the day when I’m in a camp kitchen or using the park showers or something that takes me away from my tent and belongings. so I would have to say for added peace of mind they are handy when used right.

The question is, Will it be worth it for you and your needs? only you will know that.


So now we understand the facts about tent security and your safety the question falls back on you and how safe you feel. the most important thing is you never do something you don’t feel safe doing.

Tent camping is very safe and if you follow some of the tips I mentioned above and plan your trip properly your tent should be very safe and secure in almost all situations.

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Hi, my name is Becca I'm a mum and wife and I love camping with my family. I started this blog to share great information about tents and camping.

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