How to Winterize Your Tent? | CampingWorld

Expecting how to winterize your tent seems to be applying the tricks to keep it cool, you are wrong.

Making the tent winterized, you are preparing yourself to bear the chilling, and icy cool winters in remote locations.

The proper winterization tips give you experience living in your room by the wood heater while taking off all the warm jackets and sweaters.

To bear the same experience in cold wintery months when it seems impossible to camp, do not flench about it.

Go for it with our proven tips applied to last the icy cold nights with the extremely dropped temperature! 🙂

How to Winterize Your Tent

You cannot survive a day out in the cold and chilling weather. You want to still experience camping in the middle of a wintery month, apply these proven tips to stay warm and protected all night long (and days.)

1.You need a small compact tent

Small is warmer. The congested a tent is, the more heat it would retain.

Going alone on the camping, get the one or two-person tent. And going with two, or four folks with you, then get a two-person and four-person tent.

With that, do not try occupying it less than its projected capacity because that helps to generate, circulate, and retain the heat that easily warms up the tent.

Here the smaller means not a small-built tent but you should not leave it empty even by a person’s space.

2. Look for seasonality

Looking for the prime camping spots in the U.S.A. and that too at winter’s time, you should not overlook the importance of seasonality.

The tents are rated for two or three seasons, you cannot use them in extreme winter.

Though the four-season tent lasts the increased snow amount, bear in mind, such a tent is relatively more expensive than less season-compatible ones.

3. Still cover the four-season tent

Though we are told with the guarantee the snow, moisture, and water would not seep inside the four-season tent, it is still wise to cover the top and the seams to apply the double protection for peace of mind.

Whatever the material the tent is made of, the outer surface would still be enough cold making it hard to preserve the heat inside.

If you have been fiddling with such an issue, the best cover is to cover up the top.

Most campers end up laying the thick tarp over the top, but if you ask us, that is not only an option left in the world.

For precise results, a thermal blanket is a nice option. Lay it all around the surface and duct tape it, then enter inside the tent and see your body heat coming back to normal.

Do not have a tarp or a thermal blanket, then no worries. The snow itself is the best insulator, apply a thin layer of snow using a shovel on top of the tent and see the result!

4. Not just the top, cover the bottom!

Just like we wear shoes to protect our bottom, covering the tent from the top would work to some extent in protecting you against the extreme winter conditions.

But most campers do not give a second thought to cover the bottom. They find it okay to bring the sleeping bad, lay any sort of footprint, and you are done.

Though it seems okay not to bring anything for the floor in summer but winter comes with its complications.

Now, cover the bottom with the extremely lightweight space blankets, let you feel no ground, and take no spaces.

Covering with the tarp still gives you a feel for the ground, so, we do not recommend using a tarp.

5. Do not let walls go unnoticed

The simple solution is to cover the outer walls of the tent and hang the plastic sheets on all walls.

We know the plastic acts like a vapor barrier which does not let any water dew sit on and absorb inside the material. Hence, it proves to help to retain the heat to the maximum level.

For covering the walls with a plastic sheet, that takes duct tape or the adhesive spray for the stickiness, and that you should be able to remove easily when bundling up the tent.

6. Sleeping bag

Do not underestimate the effectiveness of a sleeping bag. After taking all the measures with your tent, it comes the turn of a sleeping bag.

Able to cover your entire body, that is the best way to sleep while retaining your body heat feeling like you are lying close to an oven. 🙂

But it is advised to keep your head and nose out of the sleeping bag for breathing as the increased body temperature would be requiring more oxygen to pump down the body.

7. Heat packs

Not hearing it for the first time, but not taking it along at camping? Ever felt like having a quick solution to dissipate the cold the body is shivering with? Then comes the need for a heat pack to have.

The heat packs are quite an option that warmth the tent in seconds. It is wise to use it for sleep by taking it between the thighs.

And the good thing is, the heat packs never run out of power. Always charged and ready to serve.

8. Wear warm clothes

No matter what you have done to keep the tent winterized, the effectiveness of wearing warm clothes can never go unnoticed.

Wear thick socks, shoes, jackets, mufflers, and caps of great quality to keep the body temperature in the acceptable range when sitting inside the tent as well as going out.


Though we do not recommend performing camping in the extreme winter months. If you do, we would also recommend not to bring the kids on this adventure.

If you still enforce, apply these 8 proven tips that tell you how to winterize your tent to last the dropped temperature, and enjoy the best out of the winter camping.

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