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How to use your camping tent

December 6, 2016


Most of the camping enthusiast will have at least one tent, and some of them will bring extra emergent shelter for backcountry camping, such as bivy bags or tarps. Not only having the right tent for your camping trip is important, but also the appropriate  tent keeping and using ll have a great effect, especially for the camping apprentice. If the method you use and keep your tent is not proper, problems of your tent will arise soon, which will ruin your tent thus may even cause high risk in harsh weather during your camping trip. Herein, let’s go through some tips on how to use and keep your tent properly, it will save life of your tent and if you are taking good care of your tent, tents will take good care of you in return.


Tent application

Any tent has its limited application to perform their very best without having problems like leaking or breaking your tent. But it will dramatically break your tent if you use it beyond its application. Some of my friends bought a premium built 3 season camping tent of a top brand with a rather high expanse, so he consider it a all applicable tent according to its high price, but results in tent broken when he was doing mountain climbing activities on high altitude, which leads to his complaint about the poor quality of this tent. Relatively, if you have a Ferrari 612 GTO, would you  drive it on the uneven roads of the backcountry?


Plain campsite

Many of the campers are not particular about the campsite where they pitch their tent as long as the ground is plain. However they usually forget to clean up tiny stuffs that is sharp, which is an significant factor. Nowadays, camping tents usually use lightweight materials and tent fabrics tend to be really thin, thus it’s compactness is very limited and the remaining sharp tones ankles, branches, root of grasses under your tent will probably scarify and break your tent ground. I usually touch around the ground after I placed a foot print upon it to see if there is still any sharp stuffs. If yes, I will certainly clean up these stuffs before I pitch my tent.


Inner tent

Nowadays, tents usually come up with two major separated parts as inner tent and rain fly. And in summer, campers usually use the inner tent only which will be more breathable for hot summers if there isn't any rain. The ground fabric of the inner tent is thicker compared with fabric of other area, usually use Oxford fabric, which make tent floor more waterproof as well as torn proofing and tougher to allow a longer tent life. If they are four season tents, doors of the inner tent will have two layers, which includes a mesh layer to allow more air flow and make the tent more breathable, and a Nylon or Polyester thermal layer to insulate warm air within. There always small storage bags on the corners or attached to the walls inside the inner tent for campers to keep their small items at hand, like phones. And there will be a mesh storage bag on top of the inner tent together with a hook to hang your lights or lamp. 


Poles and guy ropes

Tent poles usually comes with aluminum material, they are not much compact as steel and breaks easily, but with better flexibility and light weight. You should use your tent poles correctly, stick all of the connecting area into the next pole component to form a long one. If only part of the sticking area is connected, the pole will break down when the tent came across gales or heavy snow. And some of the campers want to use the poles faster and may fling the pole sticks out and form the long pole. However, this inappropriate action can break tent poles as the sticks bump into each other.


Most of the premium quality guy ropes go with reflective function, which can reflect lights at night if being shoot by any.  And some of other guy ropes are not able to reflect lights. Additionally, people may wander the tent at nigh without a hand light, like peeing outside. Once being tripped by the guy ropes, there will be possible wounds as well as torn tents. So, I would suggest putting up less guy ropes if the weather is fine. And when it’s a little windy, tight up the guy ropes at the ground of your tent is good as flysheet of tent today are using very light weight fabrics which make it not much compact and thin, and the other side of the guy rope is bounded to the tent body with sticky tape or string stitching, they may get torn when you are tripped by the guy ropes.


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