Condensation occurs when water changes from a gas into a liquid. Moisture from the atmosphere pools up because warm air rises and cools quickly. It is no longer able to hold the water vapor which is why droplets form. If you’re camping in a humid environment, you may notice condensation on your tent and other camping gear.
Here are some of the ways you can prevent excess moisture from destroying your equipment while you camp:
- Give it a chance to ‘breathe’. You roll back the rain fly or leave the vestibule door open. That way your breath doesn’t heat things up more. The moist air escapes from the tent, making it much dryer inside.
- Let wet clothing and shoes dry outdoors. Do not leave them inside the tent when nighttime humidity is at an all-time high. If you’re concerned about something getting to them before you can, place them in a stuff sack until you can tend to the items the next day. You won’t deal with a wet, mildew smell, either.
- Stay away from bodies of water. The humidity is inevitably higher in these places. Even though it’s nice to be close to the water because of the activities that take place there, condensation is higher. That means more effort spent trying to keep it out of your tent.
- Cook and boil water outside the tent. Again, the idea is to keep the interior and exterior of your tent free from condensation. If you bring boiled water into your inside space, you can count on it heating up fast. The humidity rises and condensation forms quickly.
Condensation doesn’t need to be your arch enemy. Once you know how to deal with it while camping, you’ll be able to protect your camping gear accordingly. Mold and mildew won’t be issues to deal with because your tent and other equipment will be moisture-free.