what you should know about Tents
Tents that are advertised as one person are rarely big enough for one person. Two person tents are usually comfortable for just one person, a three person tent is comfortable for two people and so on. If you do not pick something large enough, you will find yourself cramped, claustrophobic and uncomfortable.
Pick something that will give you a little room to move and some space for some of your gear as well. Each person needs about 3 by 7 feet to stretch out. You will need extra room to dress etc. Remember, if the weather is not good, you will be stuck in whatever you have picked. You don’t want to be sitting cramped and hunched over feeling miserable.
In deciding on what you need, decide whether you will be summer or winter camping, and whether you will be backpacking. Tents are not waterproof. They are made of breathable rip stop nylon. It allows your sweat and breath to evaporate. This means you need a rainfly. They are waterproof. It fits over the roof of the tent and is meant to carry away rainwater from the tent sides. Make sure the fly is large enough to substantially cover the tent walls. Applying a sealant to the tent seams is a good idea. Apply sealer as needed throughout the tents life.
Most tents have a fine mesh screen over the door and window designed to keep out insects. All netting is not alike. Standard netting is made of nylon. Dacron is a finer mesh to discourage even the smallest bugs. They are usually zippered at the entrance with a flap that zippers over the door and window for privacy. Because of the nature of the fabric used in making tents, being porous, very few tents are designed to keep you warm. They are designed to protect you from the weather and from insects. They will protect you from the wind and rain, snow and sun.
To care for your tent, nylon is virtually maintenance free. The only thing that needs to be done is sealant occasionally. Of course never store your tent when it is wet, or even slightly damp. Always set it up when you are finished your trip and dry it out completely. Also sponge off any dirt or mud inside using a very mild liquid detergent or a baking soda and water solution. Be sure to make any repairs if you have had the misfortune to burn or damage your tent in some way. You can buy repair kits that come in various colors and are easy to use. Store your tent in a cool, dry place in its storage bag.
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