Taking care of your camping tent

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Blog | Comments Off on Taking care of your camping tent

Camping in a tent can be one of life’s rewarding experiences. Not many activities this day in age can bring one so close to nature, and allow individuals to rely on their skills and knowledge of the outdoors. There is nothing like being lulled into a dreamy sleep by the smell of fresh air and the sound of crickets chirping by a babbling brook. It is important to take proper care of your tent before and after your excursions, so that it can last through many nights in nature.Camping

When you set up your tent, it is a good idea to tuck the edges of your ground cloth under the bottom sides. If it rains, this will keep water from pooling around and (even worse) underneath your tent when it drips off of the rainfly. Trying to sleep in a puddle is not fun for anyone, not to mention trying to dry out your gear in wet conditions.

No tent stakes? No problem. It does not take much wind to send a camping tent airborne, so you will want to take precautions. You can use stuff sacks filled with rocks to anchor the guylines. This will ensure your tent will remain where you set it up if you leave camp for any amount of time.

Shoes and boots should be removed before entering the tent. Pebbles and debris stick to rubber soles and will fall off inside the tent. Have a plastic bag handy to put shoes in to protect them from the weather and curious critters.

If you always end up with a camping tent full of mosquitoes, try this little trick: face your tent door into the breeze. Mosquitoes will try to get out of wind by hanging on to the opposite side of the tent. This way, when you go in and out they will not follow you through the door.

Always try to pack your tent when it is dry to prevent mildew. If you must put it away wet, take it out when you get home and allow it to air dry. If you forget and do end up with mildew, fill your bathtub with warm water and a few cap-fulls of mildew remover made specifically for tents. Do not use Lysol, as this will kill the mildew but could damage the waterproof effectiveness of the tent. Next, mix 1 cup of salt with 1 cup of concentrated lemon juice. Add one gallon of hot water and scrub the mildewed areas. Make sure the tent is completely dry before storing it.

If your tent has shock corded poles, be sure to disassemble from the center, outward. This releases tension of the pole evenly and will lengthen the life of the elastic cord inside the tube.

While you may be tempted to neatly fold and pack your camping tent in the stuff sack each time, it is actually more beneficial to fold it differently, or even to literally just crumble it up into the sack. If the fabric is repeatedly folded in the same area, the creases will lose their waterproof coating.

Using these simple tent tips for camping and it will keep your tent clean, functional, and ready for an outdoor adventure.