Last Update: 05.Jan.2021
Just because the mercury is dropping and snow is starting to fall doesn’t mean you have to stay indoors. Thanks to smaller crowds, no bugs, and cooler temperatures, winter can be one of the best times of year to head out and enjoy the great outdoors.
But, sleeping outdoors in the winter has a major inherent challenge: staying warm. While many people shy away from camping in the colder months of the year, it actually isn’t too difficult to stay warm at night – if you know what to do.
Thankfully, we’re here to help. Coming up, we’ve got your ultimate guide to insulating a tent for winter camping. Let’s get to it!
When we sleep outside, we leave behind the creature comforts of insulated walls and space heaters for a chance to get back to basics. But, a tent can be a cold place to sleep in on a frigid winter night.
So, to help us stay warm in the winter, we can insulate our tents against the cold. If you’re wondering how to insulate a tent for winter camping, however, you’re not alone. In fact, many people aren’t really sure how tent insulation works in the first place.
Simply put, tent insulation is anything you use to protect the occupants of your tent against cold air. A fully insulated tent works by trapping your warm body heat inside of the tent instead of letting it float off into space. Essentially, all tent insulation does is reflect our body heat back toward us. That’s it.
Know that you know how insulating a tent works, let’s talk about the best ways to go about doing so. Basically, tent insulation is all about the materials you use. The better the materials, the warmer you’ll be at night.
Unfortunately, there aren’t really any good commercially available unpack-and-go solutions that you can buy at a gear store to insulate your tent. Instead, you’ll have to get a little crafty. Here are some of our best ideas for staying warm during those winter months:
Even though we layer up with jackets and long johns, we often forget to protect our heads. So, do yourself a favor and put that hat on. You won’t regret it.
When it comes to actually insulating your tent itself, instead of better protecting yourself, you have a number of options. The first thing you can do is create insulated tent walls by using an insulated tent cover.
To create an insulated tent cover, all you need to do is get reflective foil, like what you’d find in space blankets or even the reflective windshield covers for cars. If you find a way to rig these together, either by sewing or taping them into a cohesive whole, you’ve got an insulated tent cover!
Perhaps the easiest part of insulating your tent is to make insulated tent floors. Doing so is relatively simple, and you’ve got a few different techniques that you can try out.
Using a sleeping pad is one way to insulate your tent floor with minimal effort. But, if you find that this just isn’t enough, you can try using large sheets of closed-cell reflective foam, which you can buy on the cheap from Amazon.
Generally, this reflective foam comes in large rolls, so you can cut and shape the foam to best fit your tent. Alternatively, you can use carpet sections or rugs to create an insulated tent floor without breaking the bank.
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