Camping is an unforgettable experience, but the thought of getting your bedding wet terrifies many people. If you’re one of these people and you want to keep your bedding dry without carrying all that extra weight, then we have some helpful tips for you!
1. Keep your sleeping bag dry!
One of the best ways to keep your bedding dry is to protect it when you’re not using it. This can be done by storing your sleeping bag inside a waterproof cover. Although this may sound a little excessive, it’s actually very easy and cheap (we recommend the Coleman Universal Rain Cover). It’s also a very handy item to have in case you get caught in the rain unexpectedly.
2. Keep your tent waterproof!
This one is especially helpful for those who camp in the winter, as you’ll want your tent to remain as dry as possible during cold snaps. First of all, check that the seams are tight enough. If your tent has a bathtub floor to keep water out, ensure that it’s not leaking onto the bedding on top of it. As for the rest of the inside of your tent (such as the flysheet), ensure that it is protected from falling rain by making sure there are no gaps in its waterproof coating. If everything else fails and you find yourself soggy at night, consider camping in a tarp or even with a hammock!
3. Keep your rain fly dry!
Rain is one of the most difficult forms of water to live in. It’s so omnipresent that people have created a whole subculture around it. If you’re camping in rainy weather, you should make sure that your rain fly is sealed tightly to the tent and that all gaps are covered with plastic. Alternatively, if it gets too wet, you can hang a tarp from the bottom of your tent and add another layer underneath it (this could mean moving on to slightly more expensive tents).
4. Have somewhere dry to sit!
Some campers will opt for a hammock or single-person tent when it comes to sleeping. This is fine, but if you want to keep your floor dry, leave the tent pegs in the ground! Instead, consider using rocks or sticks to anchor your tarp and rain fly. Make sure they’re not touching the ground and that they are at least a few inches off the ground – this will prevent water from pooling on them.
5. Use Waterproof Groundsheet:
In addition to the previous tip, you can use a waterproof groundsheet to keep your bed dry. This is a thin sheet that you lay down on the ground beneath your tent before setting it up – it helps with both keeping the floor of your tent dry and preventing any holes in the floor of the tent from becoming much larger.
6. Bring extra bedding!
When we say extra, we mean a LOT of extra. If you’re going camping with friends, bring at least an additional sleeping bag and if you’re going camping solo, bring an additional sleeping pad and a tent! You should also make sure your rain gear is in good condition – it’s always best to be prepared!
7. Use Sleeping Bag Liner:
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – if you’re camping in a tent (which is the most common reason you’ll want to use a liner), you need to make sure that the windproof qualities of your sleeping bag are truly up to the task. This can be done by using a sleeping bag liner. These are double-layered, water-resistant bags that are designed specifically for sleeping bags. They usually fit under your sleeping bag, alongside it, and can provide extra protection against condensation and sweaty skin.
8.Use a fan To keep your bed dry:
If you’re worried about your bedding getting wet, you can use a fan to keep it dry. The basic principle is that heat drives off water from the air, which means that if you have a fan blowing on your bedding, it will reduce the amount of moisture in the air. This equipment can be used alongside the other tips listed above and it’s not very expensive. Fans can also be useful for keeping yourself cool in humid conditions – consider using one over a dehumidifier!
9. Use a Dehumidifier:
If you’re in a particularly moist environment and you’re worried about your bedding getting wet when sleeping, then consider investing in a dehumidifier to use inside your tent. This will help keep the air inside your tent from becoming extremely humid and can provide a comfortable night’s sleep. They have their advantages and disadvantages, so check out our article on the best dehumidifiers for more information!
10. Install Radiator:
We mentioned above that heat drives off water from the air – which is why we’re suggesting you use an additional fan to blow on your bedding as well as using a dehumidifier. But along with the extra moisture that’s being driven off, the air will pick up heat as well. If your bedding is too wet and you’re trying to sleep in a damp environment, consider investing in a radiator. These are fans that run constantly and blow hot air into your tent (either by blowing on it or by installing an exhaust hole). If you want to do this yourself, there are some great tools and resources out there to help you with it!
11. Use Battery Heater:
If you still aren’t comfortable sleeping in bedding that’s too wet, then consider buying a battery-powered heater or space heater to use inside your tent. This will help dry off the air and drive off any excess moisture from the bedding. Battery-powered heaters cost a lot more than space heaters, but they’re probably the most effective way to prevent your sleeping bag and bedding from becoming excessively wet.
12. Pack Air Mattresses:
If you want to sleep on a camping mattress, you should make sure it’s very well protected! If you want to keep it dry, then use a waterproof cover or consider sticking your bedding in a plastic bag to keep it dry. If you want to keep it cool, then you should consider buying a self-inflating air mattress with an insulation layer. These can help provide a cool, comfortable sleeping surface!
Use Air Mattress on Top of the Bed:
If your biggest concern is keeping your bed from becoming wet from condensation, you can use an air mattress on top of your regular bed to keep the moisture out of it. This means that the area inside your tent won’t be quite as warm and humid. If you do have an air mattress on top of it, make sure that there’s still some ventilation! You don’t want to suffocate yourself under a flood of sweat and moisture.
13. Know what to do if it rains:
If you’re camping in a place where serious rain can occur, then you should know what to do if the worst happens! If it rains while you’re sleeping, take a look at your tent to see how well it’s holding up. If there are any gaps, make sure you patch them up immediately – before the rain makes them worse. Don’t set up any gear that’s going to get wet unless it’s designed for use in wet conditions (eg. some sleeping bags have built-in waterproofing). You should also ensure that any electronics or cooking equipment is stored safely out of the rain as well!
14. Know how to deal with condensation:
If you’re camping in a place where the air around you is damp, then you should be aware of some of the things that can cause condensation. There are a few different ways this happens. One way is through heat, either from the sun or from your own body – if the heat is enough, it can create a layer of fog on your tent walls which becomes saturated and heavy. Another way that it occurs is through humidity – if there’s a lot of moisture in the air, then it will condense onto your wet gear to create dew and build-up on your tent.
15. Use an air-tight storage bag for wet gear:
If you’re worried about your gear getting wet and there’s no chance of drying it out, then consider putting it in an air-tight storage bag. This can prevent any moisture from being removed from the inside of your sleeping bag or tent and reduce the amount of condensation that gets produced in there. It can also help keep other items dry that you might not have thought to put in bags – such as maps! These bags can be purchased cheaply and many come with their own carry cases for convenience!
16. Don’t get too close to the fire:
If you have a campfire, you must make sure that your tent is well away from it! If there’s any chance that it could ignite your sleeping bag, then you’re going to have a bad time sleeping in a wet sleeping bag! Make sure you take note of where the fire is – usually around 20 feet.
17. Believe in Technology:
If you’re camping in humid conditions, then consider investing in one of these amazing products for keeping your gear nice and dry!
A battery-powered dehumidifier will help keep the air inside your tent drier.
The Self-Inflating Air Mattress will keep your sleeping surface comfortable and cool.
A battery-powered heater will help dry off the air as well!
Keeping your gear dry can be tricky during a camping trip, but it’s pretty important. If you’ve ever had a wet night’s sleep and been left with a wet sleeping bag that you have to sleep in for the rest of the trip, then you know how awful it can get. Hopefully this article helped give you some great tips on how to keep your bedding dry when camping.