How To Heat A Tent Without Electricity

Camping and spending time in nature is something that many people enjoy doing. In fact, camping is a hobby that can be done all year round. The only spoiler is the moment that the temperature dips below freezing and you have a very chilly tent.

Take heart. There are ways to heat your tent, without using electricity. After all, there aren’t any outlets in Mother Nature. To help keep you warm next time you go camping, here is a list of ways to keep your tent toasty.

How To Heat A Tent Without Electricity

How To Heat A Tent Without Electricity

1.Get the hot water bottles ready

This is an idea also used by farmers. Huge greenhouses are often heated with the help of some barrels and water.

So how can you use this idea for camping?

You will need some hard plastic bottles or metal bottles. You will need to heat the water to close to boiling, so any ordinary supermarket plastic water bottles will not work. Make sure that you have a boiling pan or something similar to heat the water.

Once the water is at a high temperature, safely transfer it into the plastic/metal bottles. Then spread these bottles around the inside of your tent. If done correctly, they should release heat for many hours, slowly bringing up the temperatures inside your tent.

Because the water is so dense, you will probably wake up, and the bottles will still be warm. If you get chilly during the night, you can pull the bottles closer to your body to help warm you up. This is a very safe method to use.

2. Get some stones to heat up

Get some stones to heat up your tent

Get some stones to heat up your tent

This method follows the same principle as the water bottles, but with a different approach. This method will heat the tent even faster than the water bottles, but there is a caveat. Stones will not store heat for a long time.

This is how you use this method. Find some stones around your camping spot. If you are having trouble finding them, the best spot to find rocks is usually close to a stream or a river. Now, start a fire and place the stones very close to the fire.

About 30 minutes before you plan to go to sleep, wrap the stones in some cloth. Keep in mind, the stones will be very hot. Spread the hot stones around the inside your tent. Try to spread them out as much as possible. It is a good idea to place them in the corners and places you are less likely to touch them. If you wrap them correctly, they should be very hot, but the cloth will protect them from damaging anything.

Remember, the stones will go cold in about 3-4 hours, but they also release heat faster than the water bottles. Depending on how cold it is outside, you might end up with comfortable temperatures until the next morning.

3.You can insulate your tent

It is very possible to insulate your tent during the winter months. In fact, insulating your tent should be done along with the hot water bottles and hot stones. These methods complement each other very nicely. A little trick is to use your mylar blanket for insulation. Simply duct tape it to the ceiling of the tent in order to help reflect heat back down to you.

Other ways to heat your tent without electricity

Insulated Pads- These pads trap heat and help preserve heat without the use of electricity and gas. All you have to do is put the pads on the floor of the tent and then place the sleeping pad on top. Once this is done, you will sleep well at night without worrying about getting cold.

A good tip on buying insulated pads is that you want to get pads that will cover the whole floor of your tent. The greater the area, the more heat that will radiate throughout the tent. If you are on a tight budget, then you should choose an insulated pad that can provide the most warmth per budget.

Gas heaters-Here’s an easy method of heating your tent- gas heaters. Gas heaters are incredibly easy to use. In order to use a gas heater, you need only two things- is a gas bottle and a gas heater.

The caveat to this method is that if you leave the gas heater on all night, you risk poisoning everyone inside the tent because of the carbon monoxide that is created from the heater. It is definitely recommended that you shut it off for the night.

The other downside is that gas heaters are not as portable as the insulated pads. The gas bottle and the heater itself can be pretty heavy, which adds to your camping load. However, considering that they are effective at heating a tent with no electricity, this is a fair trade off, especially if you are camping in the winter.

Watch what you wear -You should always wear a knit hat while you sleep. Most of your body heat is lost through your head, so a nice knit cap will help conserve heat. In fact, it is better to wear a hat then stick your head inside your sleeping bag. When you enclose your head in the sleeping bag, your breath creates condensation which will ultimately make your body cooler. You should also always wear clean and dry socks. Even socks that are slightly damp will cause your body to lose heat. In the same way, do not bundle up too much or you will start sweating, which will cause your body to cool down.


Camping is an enjoyable activity and one that allows you to take full advantage of the beauty of nature. However, in order to have a successful time camping, you need to be properly prepared. You can also continue to enjoy camping during the winter months, just make sure you plan ahead for warmth, and you will be ready for a great weekend.

Tom Chandler

"When your hands hit the floor, they get cut up. When mine hit the floor, they slide with ease"

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