Why Does my Tent Feel Wet In The Mornings?

Why Does my Tent Feel Wet In The Mornings?


The last thing you want to find when camping is to wake up in the morning saturated by water wondering what happen. Well luckily for you, it’s probably not something you need to worry about talking with your doctor about.

Water can get inside a tent in a few ways, One way is you left off the rain fly and it rained during the night, the other is via condensation, condensation is the more likely cause.

The air outside the tent at night can be very cold and your breath and body heat very warm thus creating condensation inside the tent giving it the feeling of being very wet inside.

This video scientifically explains tent condensation.

Here are 6 great tips to avoid feeling wet inside your tent in the mornings.

How to Keep your tent as dry as you can

While there are not many options and there is no 100% fail-safe way to prevent condensation inside your tent there are a couple of ways to reduce the condensation build up.

1. Add The Rain Fly

Your best bet is to add a rain fly on your tent even if rain is not forecasted. however, if it’s going to be boiling hot I’d avoid this – here’s a post I wrote about Link: camping in hot weather that pretty much will tell you to take the rain fly off.

2. Ventilation Helps

You will also want to try to create some ventilation by opening the vestibules and some vents. This is the best way to reduce condensation in any tent. I’d also try to purchase or jerry-rig your own tent so the rain fly does not sit on the main tents fabric.

Try keeping an inch or more space from the rain fly and the main fabric of the tent. This will give the air room to settle and form condensation without wicking back into your tent.

3. Dry The Walls With Microfiber

You could also use a small microfiber towel to dry the inner walls of your tent this should reduce the condensation levels inside the tent. however, this won’t stop condensation 100%.

4. Leave Wet Gear Somewhere Else

Now you would think I wouldn’t have to say this but you know just to cover all bases I’ll take the time to write this one as well. If you have the wet gear and you bring it inside you’re tent you are going to find it will aid in creating more condensation inside your tent.

Your best off to leave this gear outside the tent and dry it the next day. If it’s needed the next day well sorry to say it’s probably wasn’t going to dry inside the tent anyway.

If you have a problem with leaving wet gear outside, you could try and dry it in the space just outside the tent door but before the rain fly.

This little space, of course, depending on your tent can be a great place to store things. Put a tarp on the ground and keep a number of things here. Again we are talking about a very small space in some cases as small as 40cm long by 100cm wide and half a meter high.

5. Tent placement & location

Tent placement when pitching tent plays a big part in the condensation levels you may find inside your tent. Finding the right location is ideal in aiding a dry nights sleep.

While trying to shelter your tent from the breeze you’re actually stopping the flow of air that will pass through your tent. This subtle breeze will help dry out your tent thus helping eliminate the condensation build up inside.

There is a post I was reading just the other day stating camping in a valley is not the ideal position for tent camping If you’re trying to avoid condensation. The cool air seems to gather in a valley and this will create more condensation inside the tent.

Along with the valley scenario camping next to a large water source can also create a situation where more condensation can be produced inside the tent.

pitching on dry ground will help alleviate the condensation that tends to form on the ground of your tent. however, this is not going to prevent condensation, it will help reduce it.

6. Try not to touch walls

Try not to touch the walls of your tent once condensation has taken place. By touching the walls, You will basically make your tent wick the water from the outside of your tent inside,

This act of touching the walls only when condensation has formed outside, you create what I would call leaks and this then allows the water from outside to flow through.

This is put simply there is actually some pretty cool science behind what’s going on when this happens. You can read a bunch of really smart people trying to disprove each other here – Link: Physicsforums.com, they actually give some pretty smart information on

What About If It’s Raining?

When it’s raining you will find that condensation will form a lot faster because it’s humid outside. Sadly there’s not much you can do. just follow the tips above to try to eliminate the issue. However, no method is 100% perfect.

Bonus Tip

Read this – it’s a great post from a random guy I googled that talks about cooking in a tent it made me feel better about things & what’s happening.

This fact didn’t even need a title it needed a quote: Cook Inside your tent if you want but have ventilation. however, if cooking inside a tent you will probably find you could create more condensation, So it’s up to you.



These are really the best options you could try that is known, you can try some fancy products or even try experimenting, I was experimenting with silica crystals we normally throw away, it made some effect but it seems you would need so many to make a difference.

Let me know if this post helped you reduce the condensation in your tent in the mornings by rating this post below. If you have something to add, leave a comment. If you just want to say hello please do i love the social interaction,


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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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