Monday Minute: Tent Tips

 

 

 

Get the most out of you tent. Here are some tips to follow.

  • Seal Your Seams – Make sure you seal all of your seams. Once you apply the seam sealer, let it dry for 24 hours, and then set up your tent under a water sprinkler. Even if the manufacturer says that you don’t need to seal the seams, test your tent just to make sure.
  • Dry Your Tent – As soon as you get home, hang your tent or set it up inside until it is 100% dry. This prevents mildew which will cause your tent to stink and also remove the water-repellant coating.
  • Don’t Pack a Wet Tent – If you can avoid it, hang your wet tent and allow it to dry before stuffing it in it’s sack. If you can’t avoid stuffing it wet, make sure you remove it and dry it as soon as possible.
  • Use a Ground Cloth – This will prevent wear and tear on the floor of the tent. Make sure the ground cloth is just slightly smaller than the tent foot print to avoid water channeling underneath the tent if it rains.

To avoid condensation dripping on you in the mornings you need to vent your tent. The best way to do this is to get a chimney effect going by opening a vent down by your feet, so cool air comes in low, and opening a vent near your head, preferably towards the top of the tent. This way the heat escapes, and along with it, all that moisture. To help with the chimney effect, it is also good idea to have your tent oriented with the vents toward any breeze or air flow going through your camping site.

 

 

 

 

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