Tent Care Guide
Caring for your tent begins after its first use. We recommend using a footprint or groundsheet underneath your tent to protect its built-in groundsheet from being worn away.
Before you pack your tent up and leave the site, follow these steps:
1. Give the tent a good shake out and sweep any dirt out of the tent lining.
2. Wipe down any large areas that might have come into contact with mud.
3. Double check you have all the pegs and poles you turned up with neatly packed away.
4. Make sure the inner is as dry as possible before packing away – wipe away any spills before they compress and spread in the bag.
5. Wipe down your zips and poles to stop any caked on mud rusting or eroding them.
Every tent will need reproofing occasionally to maintain its waterproofness and breathability, and how often you need to reproof will depend on how often you use it. These are the signs that your tent needs reproofing:
1. Water seeping into the outer material instead of beading on the surface
2. Water dampening the inner lining of the tent
3. Condensation building much quicker inside your tent
Finally, before packing your tent away, do some final checks to make sure everything is ready for your next trip.
- Tent Pegs – are they all there?
- Zips – do they run smoothly and haven’t split?
- Groundsheet – any mould or condensation?
- Poles – is the elastic in the core free from cracks and breaks?
- Fabric – are there any tears or rips?
- Seams – any split or splitting seams?
- Guy Ropes – are they knot free and tied away neatly?
Store your tent in a dry place where it won't be damaged, exposed to sunlight or eaten by creatures! A shed or garage is usually a great choice, but a gear wardrobe or spare room can work as well.