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9 Ways to Make A Tent Cozy

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Looking for ways to make your camping tent cozy? As outdoor enthusiasts and canvas bell tent experts, Life InTents knows all about creating warm and inviting tents. So if you need a relaxing atmosphere for your next camping getaway, we’re here to help!

So just what are some ways to make a tent cozy? Grab your puffy down-feather blanket, a cup of warm cocoa, and snuggle up as we dive right in.

What Are Some Ways to Make a Tent Cozy?

What makes a tent cozy, you might ask. Well, making something cozy doesn’t just mean soft blankets. You see, coziness actually engages all the senses, from creating warm lighting to satisfying hungry bellies and lending a nature-inspired color palette to your tent interior. It’s all that and more. So read on for some fun yet practical ways to make a tent cozy – and delight the senses!

1. Choose a Cozy Tent

Choosing the right camping tent is an important step in making a tent cozy. Ideally, one that offers a more spacious interior and extra bells and whistles to enhance your overall experience.

Choose a tent that is roomy enough for everyone to move about and stand. Backpacking tents are more focused on limiting size and weight, so when we talk about cozy tents, we mean something built more for car camping like a canvas bell tent or shelter-style tent. That’s not to say you can’t make a backpacking tent cozy, but you might be more limited in space and weight.

When you begin to browse the best cozy tent for your needs, here are a few features to consider:

  • Screens: Whether it’s a screened-in porch or mesh-paneled windows, this will allow extra breathability, ventilation, and airflow for warm humid days while keeping bugs away too.
  • Natural Light: Screens aside, your tent should allow natural lighting to bring a serene glow during the day.
  • Pockets: Another feature are storage pockets to keep gear organized, lending a Zen-like tidiness to the tent space.
safari tent with chair

2. Elevate Your Sleeping Arrangements

Inflatable air mattresses, self-inflating pads, and cots make a nice addition to cozy tent accommodations. Not only do they add more comfortable support as you sleep, but they also create layers of insulation and padding against the earth’s hard roots and rocks.

Make sure to choose a properly rated sleeping bag for the weather conditions. Down-feather or synthetic down sleeping bags will keep you warm during cooler nights. For warmer months, a sheet insert should be plenty sufficient.

Bring good pillows. Seriously can’t stress this enough. A crick in your neck is the last thing you want during a camping trip. Use a packable foam or inflatable pillow. Skip cotton materials, as they’ll collect moisture (even your own sweat) and become cold. Choose a flannel pillowcase instead.

3. Give Your Site Some Ambiance

Give your campsite a glow-up and create some warmth with lighting accessories. You can find all sorts of innovative camp lighting gear out there too. From battery-powered LED lanterns that give off a warm Edison-like glow to solar-charged string lights you can wrap and dangle from the trees, there are all sorts of options to give off a soft, cozy, and inviting glow.

Ambiance can also come in the form of bonfires and wood stoves. Wood stoves are an especially nice touch to make a bell tent look and feel cozy.

4. Add Extra Heating Elements

As mentioned, a wood stove can add an extra ambiance that makes canvas tents like bell tents super cozy. They add a lovely glow and bring versatility to your tent that invites you to make tea, coffee, or any kind of comforting food or drink.

However, if a wood stove isn’t an option, you can also bring along a portable tent heater. (Be sure to read about our wood stove safety tips and follow safety guidelines for your tent heater.)

For backpackers, heated hand warmers and offer a compact alternative.

5. Pack Yummy Comfort Foods

Speaking of comforting food and drinks, while they may not make the tent itself cozy, they certainly add a level of pleasure and relaxation to your trip. Some folks like to keep camp meals simple, and that’s okay, but be sure to bring a few of your favorite snacks and treats (and maybe even some libations to take the edge off at the end of the day).

Warm drinks are always a hit! Hot cocoa, coffee, tea, cider – all of these drinks contribute to a cozy tent. Have a coffee aficionado? Put them on coffee-making duties at the site.

romantic camping meal by a fire with bread

6. Create a Dedicated Lounge or Sitting Area

Whether you choose to place it inside or outside, create an inviting sitting area. It can be as simple as a cafe table and chairs for dining and playing cards, or a space to kick back with camping chairs and ottomans as you take in a little stargazing. Accessorize the area as intended with a few cozy additions like tablecloths, lanterns, pillows, or however you might spruce it up at home.

A comfortable sitting area is necessary to make a tent cozy. So whether you section off a space in your bell tent or bring a pop-up shelter, we promise it’s with it! just think how nice it will be to find some shade from the sun or stay dry on a rainy day.

7. Accessorize Your Cozy Tent With Decor

One way to make a tent cozy is to simply create an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere. And this goes for anything already mentioned. From lanterns to throw blankets to serving ware and coffee mugs, every practical piece of camp gear you choose can be found in attractive nature-inspired colors and styles.

Rugs and mats add a soft underfoot to your tent interior as well as a splash of style and decor. Not to mention, they can be easily cleaned, swept or shaken out, to keep dirt at bay.

8. Bring Entertainment

Entertainment is a must for a cozy campsite and tent. Music, especially, brings a whole new level of relaxation and fun. So be sure to pack a portable speaker to play your favorite tunes and make a campsite homey in an instant.

Just don’t forget to unplug. When many of us spend hours glued to screens, it’s important to ditch those devices from time to time and enjoy the wilderness. So swap out tablets with board games or playing cards and bring physical books instead of audiobooks. It reduces the urge to go back online and brings you and your family closer together too.

9. Pack Cozy Clothes

It’s important to understand how to pack appropriate clothes for camping and the outdoors. But all that aside, it helps to bring a few extra garments and clothing accessories for a cozier camping experience.

Bring some pajamas, for instance, to change into before heading to bed. Along with a few extra pairs of wool socks. In fact, pack some warm camp slippers or mules you can easily remove getting in and out of the tent. It’s far faster slipping on these in the middle of the night when you need to relieve yourself.

If you’re a light sleeper, consider packing earplugs and an eye mask too. This goes double for public campgrounds. Floodlights and car headlights can disrupt a good night’s sleep. And most fellow campers are respectful of a campground's quiet hours, but sometimes, you simply can’t choose your neighbors.

Plan to Make Your Tent Cozy on Your Next Trip?

We hope these easy and practical ways to make a tent cozy have inspired you. Making a campsite and tent feel a bit more like home not only adds a level of luxury but entices your camping-averse friends and family to join and come along. And also hope to convert them too!

So plan right for your next trip and pack some new attractive camp gear to elevate your camping experience and make your tent cozier than ever.

Have a tip or two that makes your tent cozier? Share with us in the comments. We’d love to hear it.


Brette DeVore
Brette DeVore

As a former hospitality interior designer with an adventurous spirit and love for travel, I now help interior designers and tourism-related businesses in creating online content and media.

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