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Old 05-22-2019, 08:57 AM
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Looking for the right gear and tips on how to keep humidity levels down in a tent in FL in December. Thoughts.
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:22 AM
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:23 AM
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If you're camping on the island generators are not allowed.

Doesn't matter anyway, December will be plenty cool out there you won't need A/C.
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Old 05-22-2019, 09:25 AM
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usually dont need anything in december, but you never know...i guess it could be 80-85 at night(but highly unlikely)
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Old 05-22-2019, 10:11 AM
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Covering your tent in the day with a tarp to shade it makes a huge difference. The more shaded sand around your tent the cooler you will be. One of those 10x10 popups? Put that beside the tent opening as outside shade to sit, cook. Attach the tarp to two uprights and slant it to the ground down sun angle so the tent is shaded. It will be much cooler that night than baking in the sun all day.
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there's rarely a night that goes by out there, be it December or July, that I don't get mildly chilly at night if there's even the slightest breeze. You'll be fine in December.
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Old 05-22-2019, 10:50 AM
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In December you have little to worry about at night as far as humidity. There is almost always a breeze in the winter (not summer!). I bring a few gallons of water and a bar of soap to shower with before bed so I can cool off. Covering your tent during the day is a great trick as well. I have prep the food for the grill before I leave (season and wrap in aluminum foil) and bring food that is easy to grill as to not overheat myself before bed. The trick is to get into bed clean, cool, and comfortable so you don’t have to “cool off” for a period laying in bed. Have a blast.
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I guess I should add the caveat that I’ve also never taken a tent to the Tortugas. Might be another reason I don’t get as hot at night.
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Originally Posted by coores14 View Post
I guess I should add the caveat that I’ve also never taken a tent to the Tortugas. Might be another reason I don’t get as hot at night.
Are you just sleeping on the boat?
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Thanks. My biggest issue is waking up to a film of moisture on the sleeping bag. Anyone use a battery operated dehumidifier?

Sleeping in tents?
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Originally Posted by hotfoot5 View Post


Are you just sleeping on the boat?
yup
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Old 05-22-2019, 07:37 PM
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Originally Posted by clamdog1 View Post
Thanks. My biggest issue is waking up to a film of moisture on the sleeping bag. Anyone use a battery operated dehumidifier?

Sleeping in tents?
I wouldn’t bring a sleeping bag, just an inflatable pool lounging float. Less space, less weight
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Old 05-23-2019, 06:55 AM
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Originally Posted by JoseG View Post


I wouldn’t bring a sleeping bag, just an inflatable pool lounging float. Less space, less weight
The Tortugas is a weird place. It's further north than you think, and it's so far offshore it's very susceptible to water temperatures dictating the air temp. There's no land mass generating heat at night, like the mainland. I've been there in May and frozen my ass off because I came unprepared. I've literally gotten up in the middle of the night to find my foul weather jacket because I'm shivering.

I would absolutely NOT go there in December without a sleeping bag. You may end up sleeping on top of it, but it's more likely you'll need it.
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Never been ty here but it's on the list. For those camping in the open. No bugs? We've over nighted in keys but it it is amazing how far a sand gnat swarm will travel to ruin your night.
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Originally Posted by burningdaylight View Post
The Tortugas is a weird place. It's further north than you think, and it's so far offshore it's very susceptible to water temperatures dictating the air temp. There's no land mass generating heat at night, like the mainland. I've been there in May and frozen my ass off because I came unprepared. I've literally gotten up in the middle of the night to find my foul weather jacket because I'm shivering.

I would absolutely NOT go there in December without a sleeping bag. You may end up sleeping on top of it, but it's more likely you'll need it.
That's interesting, never thought of that. I've nevere been there before. Hopefully I'll make it soon.
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Old 05-23-2019, 01:39 PM
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I've been out there with Yuri in December. It gets cold when the sun goes down and there is a mist in the air. It can also blow pretty good that time of year.
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Originally Posted by Jumpsummo View Post
Never been ty here but it's on the list. For those camping in the open. No bugs? We've over nighted in keys but it it is amazing how far a sand gnat swarm will travel to ruin your night.
no bugs....only hermit crabs and ive heard rats.....only seen the hermit crabs though
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Originally Posted by burningdaylight View Post
The Tortugas is a weird place. It's further north than you think, and it's so far offshore it's very susceptible to water temperatures dictating the air temp. There's no land mass generating heat at night, like the mainland. I've been there in May and frozen my ass off because I came unprepared. I've literally gotten up in the middle of the night to find my foul weather jacket because I'm shivering.

I would absolutely NOT go there in December without a sleeping bag. You may end up sleeping on top of it, but it's more likely you'll need it.
agreed with all.

the lack of landmass is also why I can count on maybe one hand the amount of times I've been rained on out there.
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no bugs....only hermit crabs and ive heard rats.....only seen the hermit crabs though
the rats are legit.
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I go every June and sleep on an air mattress on the deck of my center console. It can get chilly even in June.
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