Condensation in the tent

Condensation is perfectly natural. Humidity in the air simply condenses and settles on the inner surface of the inner tent when the fabric is colder than the air inside the tent.

Certain factors are conducive to the onset of condensation:

-when hot air accumulates in the tent during the day and remains even in the evening, even though the outside temperature has dropped; > solution: ventilate the tent

-when it has rained all day, and both air and ground are saturated;

-when you heat water in the tent: the heat and steam produced will exacerbate the phenomenon;

-the moisture produced when we breathe;

-our body heat;

-direct exposure of the tent to a clear sky.

A few tips to limit condensation inside the tent:

-when putting your tent up, make sure the fly-sheet and inner tent do not touch each other;

-make sure the canvas is properly stretched. Neither too tight nor too loose. The aim is to avoid folds: condensation concentrates in them, leading to the formation of drops of water;

-open up the air vents, even when it's raining. And leave plenty of room between the ground and the fly-sheet, to create a draught from the bottom of the tent to the top.

-if possible leave the tent door open, to ventilate it properly. And for when the temperature drops in the evening;

-put your tent up in a shady spot, so that it isn't directly exposed to the sky (when the sky is clear, the outer surface radiates heat out to the sky, and thus cools. Result: the fly-sheet is colder than air both outside and in the tent.

At any rate, condensation is not a sign that your tent is no longer waterproof.