FAMILY CAMPING

FAMILY CAMPING

Tips for tent care
Packing the tent away

PACK IT

Tent care begins from its very first use. Before you begin the task of discovering how the manufacturers managed to pack it all into such as small bag, take a moment to…

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    Give the tent a good shake out and sweep away any leftover rubbish, food or dirt out of the tent lining.

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    Wipe down any large areas that might have come into contact with mud.

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    Before you leave, double check you have all the pegs and poles you turned up with neatly pack away.

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    Make sure the inner is as dry as possible before packing away - wipe away any spills before they compress and spread in the bag.

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    Wipe down your zips and poles to stop any caked on mud rusting or eroding them.

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    If it’s chucking it down, take a mental note to dry it out thoroughly at home (remember the longer it stays wet in the bag, the longer mould and rust have to eat away at it).

Cleaning and drying a tent

CLEAN AND DRY IT

Your tent is always more likely to last longer if you’re simply able to keep it clean and dry. This step is especially important if (like many of us) you’ve had to leave the campsite in a hurry, mid down pour. But, as long as you get it back out again in your garden, garage or local park, you can still avoid the tent grave yard.

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    Pitch your tent at home and take another sweep around to remove any further dirt or debris you didn’t quite catch at the campsite.

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    For any stubborn caked on mud, tackle this with a bucket, sponge and *soapy water. It’s worth giving any larger surfaces a quick wipe to make sure they’re as clean as can be.

    *steer clear of any concentrated detergents that may strip the outer material’s waterproof coating

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    Check for any damage to the tent. While it’s dry and you’ve got the time use your tent care kit to attend to any tears or cuts.

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    Give it time to dry out thoroughly before packing away, bear in mind, this can take a few hours to do so.

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    If necessary, give tent poles and zips another once over with a cloth to make sure they’re free of debris and are clean and dry (to avoid rust and erosion).

Reproofing your tent

REPROOF IT

Every tent needs another good lick of reproofing every now and then. Just as with waxing your car, how often you do so will depend on how often you use it.

By reproofing the outer of your tent you will maximise its waterproof properties and minimise all of the below from occurring. Most quality reproofing solutions will come with their own detailed guide on how to apply it and can usually be applied whilst the tent is wet or dry.

Signs to look out for when your tent needs reproofing.

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    Water no longer beads (forms droplets) on the surface of the outer material but instead seeps into it.

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    Water coming through the outer and dampening the inner lining of the tent.

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    Condensation building much quicker inside your tent.

Checking your tent

CHECK IT

You’ve packed it, got it home, cleaned it and dried it. Now before you pack it away again, take the time to check it. There’s nothing worse than driving hours on end to your chosen campsite then realising you left the tent poles at home or fiddling by torch light with tangled guy ropes. Here’s our handy check list to run through…

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    TENT PEGS

    You’ll need every peg you can get to batten down the hatches when it gets windy so count them before packing. Remove grass and mud by washing in a bucket of water. Prevent them from rusting with a spray of lubricant and wipe down with a cloth. Remember to replace any bent pegs ready for use next time.

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    ZIPS

    Running smoothly and haven’t split?

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    GROUNDSHEET

    Any mould or condensation?

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    POLES

    Look out for cracking or broken elastic in the core and replace if needed.

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    FABRIC

    Any small tears in the inner, outer or ground sheet that could let in water?

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    SEAMS

    Any split or splitting seams?

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    GUY ROPES

    Knot free, tied away neatly?

Storing your tent

STORE IT

Remember to store your tent in a place that will cause it no further damage or erosion. This is ideally in a dry shed or garage where it is not exposed to sunlight or where any mice might be able to take a nibble out of it.

YOUR CARE PACK KIT

  • Care pack bucket

    CLEANING SPONGE & BUCKET

    The easiest way to remove any unwanted mud or dirt on large surfaces and tent pegs.

  • Care pack dustpan & brush

    DUSTPAN & BRUSH

    Quick and easy way to get rid of the debris that collects whilst camping.

  • Care pack dry cloth

    A DRY CLOTH

    For cleaning areas such as zips, poles or wiping dry pegs.

  • Care pack duct tape

    GAFFER/ DUCT TAPE

    An essential item for almost any day, there is almost nothing gaffer tape cannot fix. Perfect for small tears, rips or breaks in an emergency.

    SHOP GAFFER/ DUCT TAPE
  • Care pack reproofer

    REPROOFER

    Essential for ensuring your tent stays waterproof and your family stay dry for camping trips to come.

    SHOP REPROOFER
  • Care pack footprint/ groundsheet

    FOOTPRINT/ GROUNDSHEET

    Prevent your tent’s built in ground sheet from being permeated by abrasive rocks, or it can be placed on top of the lining of your tent to stop muddy wellies, boots and dirt wearing it away.

    SHOP FOOTPRINT/ GROUNDSHEET