The tent is one of the key items for those who go to sleep outdoors. Thinking about it, Trails and Rumors separated a list with some tips for those planning a trip and need to choose the right tent.
If you’ve never camped, know that tents today can offer more comfort and protection than you realize. They support wind, rain, and protect you from insects that insist on tormenting the sleep of those far from civilization.
Do not forget: you will literally carry your own little house in the back. Therefore, considering the weight and volume of the tent you are going to buy is crucial so that there is no regret in the future.
Learn more about types of tents and how to increase your shelf life with some of the tips we’ve set out for you:
Choosing the tent
Everything you will use during the trip will be loaded on your back (except, of course, if you drive and park next to the camp). So the weight of your tent makes all the difference.
Whether you are traveling together, invest in a tent for two or three people, and share your weight with your colleagues during the trip, taking advantage to spare both their back and legs. Attention: if you do not think about dividing the tent, invest in an individual. Many people exaggerate when buying a tent for two or more people. If you are constantly camping alone, there is no need for as much idle space.
Three or four seasons? Do not get confused when you come across this doubt. This is a convention that defines tents as being appropriate for summer, fall, and spring (three seasons) or for summer, fall, spring, and winter (four seasons). But understand that “winter” here is of those found in cold countries or high mountains – and not our Brazilian winter.
If you are traveling only through Brazil, a Tent 3 stations is sufficient. If you are venturing into a high mountain outside, you will certainly choose a 4 seasons. It is not worth buying a tent 4 seasons to camp in hot places, as it can be a little stifling at bedtime, in addition to higher cost.
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We can not forget a detail that keeps us alive: ventilation. Our body breathes and perspires all the time. Therefore, a well-ventilated shelter is essential.
During the night, users’ constant breathing and perspiration will cause humid air to condense when they touch cooler areas, and this may cause the Tent to dawn with the inside of the wet overdrive. In temperatures below zero the situation gets a little worse: because of the condensation, the tent can freeze and it is difficult to store it back in the backpack.
Therefore, the ventilation of the tent is indispensable to avoid this type of setback. Leave all vents open and well ventilated at night. A quality tent maintains good ventilation even with rain!
The seams are infiltration points, and therefore require additional sealing that needs extra attention. A good overcoat, with proper waterproofing and well-sewn seams will keep you dry while you sleep. Tropical countries can surprise you with a storm at any time. Therefore, always check the seams, both in the overlay and on the floor of the tent, and ensure that they are well sealed and the floor supported in a place that does not dust.
In order not to be surprised by a tent that “leaks”, always keep it dry and ventilated, as the mold unintentionally attacks the waterproofing resins and removes the internal sealing tape. Good overtones are treated against the harmful effects of ultra violet rays,to increase resistance to sunlight. Our tents have this protection, with a solution based on Titanium Dioxide applied to the overcoat, which greatly reduces the degradation of the fabric. The term “UV 50+” means that only one unit or less of the UV rays can pass through the tissue. This is quite similar to the sunscreens used on our skin, except for the fact that the chemical applied is more specific to tissues. Keep in mind that even with this added protection, the fabric degrades when exposed to the sun’s rays. From 300 hours of sun exposure, it will show the first signs of this: the beginning of fading and the loss of waterproofing. So do not leave your tent unattended in the sun. Mount it in shaded locations and, if you can not, cover it with opaque plastic,
Riding the tent
Learn how to set up your tent at home. Make sure you do not set it up for the first time in the camp, at night, in rain or wind. The process can become stressful and stressful if you are a first-time sailor. Also, before setting out for camping, make sure it is complete with the appropriate frames and stakes (lend it to a friend? Check it out after you get it back.
In general, more modern tents are usually easy to assemble, but make sure that you have learned what each piece is for before leaving the house.
The overlay is responsible for creating a layer of air important for the insulation, besides being a protection against rain. Therefore, when assembling the tent, make sure that the overhead can never be against the ceiling. The side stabilizers should always be well stretched and also serve to prevent the tent from balancing under stronger winds.
To increase the shelf life of your tent, always keep it clean and dry as moisture and dirt can damage the fabric and seal the seams. No dripping: damp cloth removes most of the dirt. Scrubbing with solvents, soaking or machine washing may be the end of your tent.
As we have already said, the sun’s rays are responsible for the degradation of the tissue. Therefore, avoid leaving it outdoors for a long time.
If your tent is already in use for a long time, it probably does not have the same capacity to protect against moisture. Use waterproofing products to continue using your equipment while traveling.
A front or side feed is important for storing your material overnight. If you are sharing your tent with someone else, it can be a good investment in a two-door tent that leaves two people independent and with an advance for each one to store their equipment.
Never, under any circumstances, light a stove inside the tent. The material from which the tent is formed is highly flammable, and the fire also consumes much of the available oxygen, ie a stove can cause death by suffocation or severe burns. When lighting is needed inside the Tent, use flashlights or battery lamps, or a chemical light bulb.
Always charge a roll of silver tape tape. The tape can help you a lot if you need a tissue repair or even the rods in an emergency.
And do not forget: from time to time, it is always good to set up your tent, to ventilate and avoid having a problem with humidity, which can end up causing problems of sealing loss, grabbing zipper or bad smell difficult to remove.