How to Store Your Tent

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How to Store Your Tent

Camping is considered to be an enjoyable past time for many. However, if camping equipment is not properly stored, then preparing for an outdoor trip can become very frustrating. It is important to select the right kind of tent for your outing. After you enjoy your time outdoors, it's good to clean out your tent at the campsite or at home before you store it. A variety of tents can be purchased on eBay.

The History of Tents

Tents have been around throughout mankind's history. They date back as far as the very early Iron Age, and are even mentioned in ancient books. The Iron Age is believed to have started around 1200 BC. The Roman Army used leather tents with various styles being modified over the years. Tents with a tepee structure were used by Native Americans. Although it is made of snow, the Eskimo's utilized dome tents known as igloos. During World War I larger tent designs became popular. The larger tents were designed with long term inhabitance in mind. The material was made of strong canvas or leather.

Traditionally nomadic people all over the world have used tents so that they can move easier. These tribes include Native Americans, Mongolians, Tibetan Nomads, and the Bedouin people. Steppe Nomads used made walls with a "strut design." This unique design utilizes vertical poles that were firmly hammered into the ground. Several poles were used to hold up the roof. These types of tents are still used today in amusement parks and circus attractions. Strut design tents have three standard designs called Teleuti, Chapari, and Sagaitsi. The covering of the poles were usually made of hide or felt, and the material was easy to decorate. Some tent designs were very elaborate, while others were quite humble.

Although most of the tents people enjoy today are very durable, they need to be protected and stored properly. Tents come in many different sizes, shapes, and colours. They are designed to withstand various weather conditions. These temporary shelters can often be used for anywhere from a few days to a few months. At eBay you can purchase anything from small nylon tents to elaborate tents that come with a small stove inside.

What most tent owners tend to overlook is that no tent fabric is truly protected from fire. Most tent fabrics will burn and dissolve quickly, even if most manufacturers claim their tent fabrics to be fireproof. So even if you have accidents with your tent regarding open flames, you should be alert and know how to act to prevent your tent to be consumed in flames and to be dissolved into nothing. Most experienced campers usually pitch tents six meters away from each other because this helps to prevent fires from spreading and causing more trouble and injury. When it is time to store your tent, pick an area that is away from anything flammable. Whether the tent you've purchased is described as fire resistant or not, it is wise to keep your storage area free of accidents.

Storing Your Tent

When your outdoor time is over, you will need to store your tent properly. Here are a few tasks that will help make your storage successful.

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Remove Tent Debris

Make sure your tent and additional camping equipment is free of debris. Dirt must be swept out the tent before it is rolled up and stored. You may have to get down on your hands and knees with a wet rag and wipe out some of the debris. Another area that requires special attention is the bottom of the tent. Some campers prefer to use an extra tarp under the tent to avoid having to scrub the bottom of the tent. Depending on the terrain you prefer to enjoy on your camping trip, you may even need to use a mop to scrub the bottom of the tent. Portable vacuum cleaners like the ones found in marketplaces like eBay can be used to get rid of sand that can accumulate in a tent that was used to for camping on a beach. If you choose to vacuum your tent before storing, do not use too much force. A forceful vacuum can rip and ruin your tent. Set the tent up again in your yard to make sure it is completely dry and swept clean. Once the tent is dry, you may need to sweep it out again and repeat the process of spraying the fabric with a water resistant spray to keep mildew from developing.

Only Store Dry Tents

Excess water is the main concern when it comes to storing your tent. It is important to keep it dry at all times. There are moisture resistant packs that campers can use by putting them in the pouches of the tent. Another way to keep moisture out is by purchasing a tote for the storage of tent supplies during the winter months. Some keep their tents dry and free of mildew by storing their tent in a camping cooler. This is also a great way to keep the tent free of insects, mice, or other pests that could ruin your tent before it is used again. An array of moisture resistant products for your tent storage needs can be purchased from online marketplaces like eBay.

Clean Tent Pockets Before Storage

There are many pockets on a tent. These tiny pockets and extra compartments are very helpful when you are sleeping at night and want to keep your flashlight or other items close to you. If enjoy midnight snacks, make sure there are no crumbs left in your tent after your outing is over. Sugary foods can invite ants, and snacks can attract other uninvited critters. Some like to store their tent with a small bag of moth balls. The airtight seal of a cooler can help you keep a tasty smelling tent safe. When it is time to store your tent, however, do not forget to clean out the pockets before you take down your tent. Even if creatures are kept away, forgotten food that has been stored in a tent pocket can rot and ruin a tent.

Conclusion

It is important to make sure your tent is clean before you store it. Following simple steps like cleaning, sweeping, and using moisture resistant spray or gel pouches, can help you keep your tent in good condition. Fully investigate your tent and camping equipment outdoors before bringing the items inside. You would never want to unwittingly "store" stowaway insects or animals from your outing. Your tent should be stored in a clean area that is free of debris. It should be folded and rolled up in the same manner in which it was unpacked. Some manufacturers will replace tent zippers, pockets, tent pegs, and poles that have been damaged. However, it is best to take care of your original investment and store your tent properly. You will need to consider a wide selection of tents in order to find one that is right for your camping needs and your storage area. With such a wide variety of tents available on eBay, you are sure to find what you are seeking.

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