How to Stay Warm in a Tent

One of the best ways to make the most of a camping trip is to ensure that you are kept warm and comfortable in your tent. Although tents provide some protection from the elements, there are still some important steps you need to take in order to make sure that you remain warm while sleeping or relaxing inside. Luckily, with just a few simple tips and tricks, it’s possible to enjoy camping even in cooler climates.

Here are some suggestions on how you can stay warm in a tent no matter what the temperature outside may be. By following these few hints and tricks, you should have no problem staying warm inside your tent on those chilly evenings!

How to Stay Warm in a Tent

Use the Right Gear

Check Your Sleeping Pad

Get a good night’s sleep in the outdoors by finding an insulation solution that works for you! A high-R value sleeping pad is key to keep your body warm and prevent energy loss through contact with cold ground. Try layering pads on top of each other if needed, though be aware that this can cause some extra sliding around during slumber.

Try a Bag Liner For Extra Warmth

A sleeping bag liner can be more than just a barrier between you and possible dirt or grime- it’s actually an easy way to give your warmest night’s sleep yet! With liners made from everything from silk, which will keep you cool on the hottest nights, all the way up to cozy fleece for extra warmth in any conditions – finding comfortability is simple.

Make Your Gear Better

Add a Hot Water Bottle

Don’t want to overburden yourself with extra accessories? Forget about the warmers and just use a water bottle! Place boiling hot or steaming-hot liquid into Nalgene, then seal tight and pop in your bag. You can put the bottle in a sock if it’s too hot. You can also put hot water in a normal water bottle, though it most likely won’t hold heat nearly as long.

Keep Your Face Out of Your Sleeping Bag

If you’re looking for a way to keep more heat in your sleeping bag, try keeping your face out of it! Moist air from breathing into the bag zaps away warmth and can make re-heating difficult. To shield yourself from cold temperatures at night, wrap up with a scarf or balaclava that’ll protect all parts of your head—no matter how chilly it gets outdoors.

Clothing to Stay Warm in a Tent

Sleep Clothing

When planning for a good night’s sleep in the outdoors, bundle up wisely. Instead of wearing thick and bulky clothing that may cause overheating while snoozing, opt instead to layer with lightweight garments like base layers and socks—perfect protection from chilly nights!

Down Booties

Feel like you’re walking on ice? Try a pair of down booties to keep your feet warm and insulated! Many have discovered that this is the key for never having cold toes again.

Down Jacket

No, don’t wear it. Wearing it will have a compressional effect and compromise its insulation capabilities. Instead, tuck it over your torso, inside your bag, to add an extra layer of down insulation.

More Tips on How to Stay Warm in a Tent


Before snuggling into your sleeping bag and enjoying a warm night’s sleep, do some quick exercise! A few jumping jacks are great for getting the heart pumping but any physical activity is perfect for shaking off those evening chills. You don’t have to break a sweat – just enough movement to give you that cozy feeling of bedtime comfort.

Eat Something

Keep the fire in your belly burning with a pre-bed snack! Carbs are key to getting heat rising due to their ability of converting into fuel. Fuel up before bedtime and know you’re staying warm while snacking on something like Snickers or peanut butter packets – yum!

Try Hand and Foot Warmers

Toe to thigh and beyond – upgrade your winter wardrobe with handy hand or foot warmers! Adding these ingenious contraptions to the toe box of your sleeping bag can really take comfort levels up a notch!

Do you have a trick for staying warm on your backpacking trips? I’m that person that is always cold, and I’d love to hear it! Shoot me an email and tell me how you do it. 

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