Easter Dew on synthetic tents

In 2015 we experienced our first camping dew for the year over the Easter period. For those of you that were camping in synthetic tents around us, you might have gotten a little wet and that had nothing to do with rain – it was condensation! To be fair, Easter is a few weeks earlier this year and it’s still quite warm, so it will be interesting to see if the dew shows it’s face in the coming weeks as Autumn grabs hold for 2016.

Why do some of us have condensation and not others?
For my long term readers, you will all know I am fanatical about camping in canvas, I love the breathability and the more regulated temperature it can deliver. Because of the breathability a genuine canvas tent delivers, we have virtually no problem with condensation inside of our tent. This has all but eradicated any chance of anything getting wet inside, especially if it is touching the walls. Condensation appears on the under side of our tents on surfaces that have little or no breathability. It is most prevalent in the cooler months as there is a much more substantial temperature difference from inside the tent to outside the tent and inside the tent we have bodies producing heat and plenty of moisture (breathing etc..).

How do I reduce the condensation?
Airflow is one of the easiest ways to reduce condensation – it’s allowing the air inside your tent (ie: heat and moisture) to escape. The positive here is the reduction of moisture inside your tent and the negative is the increased cold inside your tent in the cooler months. It’s amazing the amount of people who can’t sleep with a window shut in winter, no matter how cold it is!

We have found that erecting our tents under large tarps, allows us to leave our windows open irrelevant of what weather surrounds us. You will note in this case that most of the condensation will now be lining the underside of your tarp and there will be considerably less in your tent.

The best answer, is to use a waterproof canvas tent that breathes well i.e: A canvas that has a high percentage of cotton.

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