Camping can be pretty in-tents (intense… get it? Haha)
When camping, one of the most important things to bring is your tent. Tents provide protection from all the elements Mother Nature can throw your way (well... most - there's no falling trees or lightening repellent you can add to a add). People tuck themselves away in their tents for hours when they are sleeping - to state the obvious - but also just for some down-time, alone-time, or during rainy weather. Here is a list of some tips that will help you have a tent last through all your trips!
- Don’t spray chemicals such as bug spray on your tent. DEET will eat away at the material and your tent will not last as long. It will also lose its waterproofness.
- Always use a footprint for your tent. A footprint is a tarp that goes underneath the tent. This protects the tent from wear and tear, and adds a layer of water protection.
- Keep your tent zipped up. You don’t want share the peaceful space of your tents with mosquitoes and spiders. Nor would a snake deciding it wanted to spoon you in your sleeping bag make you too happy. To air out the tent and keep air circulation flowing, open the vents, or even opt to sleep without the rain cover (not recommended for rainy days).
- When packing up your tent back into its bag, stuff it in rather than folding it. If you fold the tent it creates seams and the water proofing starts to wear off from the repeated folds in the same location.
- Put in your pegs at angles towards the tent. This helps the pegs stay in the ground, even when weather conditions get rough.
- When putting gear in your tent, try and use the pockets attached to the tent or if there are none, plastic bags. This helps keep everything organized, and helps keep the tent clean. Things that are especially dirty like shoes, or things that take up lots of space like packs, leave in the vestibule of the tent so they are protected from rain, but out of the tent.
- Air out your tent when you get home after a trip. It is always a good idea to air out your tent from rain or dew that could make the tent damp and possibly moldy. It'll also give you a chance to clear out dirt and sand that may start to wear at the material.
A tent is one of those pieces of gear that it is worth spending some money on and taking good care of. Most of the time, you just go inside to sleep and don't really think too much of it. Occasionally, you get caught in a storm, or the bugs are so fierce that you need to spend a few hours hiding in it. In those moments, there is nothing more satisfying than hearing the torrential downpour on your tent but being bone dry, or hearing the terrifying symphony of mosquitoes that would literally suck you dry if they could, but knowing that they can't get through your impenetrable walls. Take care of your tent so your tent can take care of you!