Are you wondering how to store a tent? You’re just in the right place; the steps that you’ll about to learn are straightforward.
I know you want to keep your tent in good condition the next time you’ll use it.
And one of the things you should bear in mind is:
You need to know the proper ways of storing the tent. Otherwise, it will be prone to damage.
Make sure you won’t end up with nothing!
I’ve been there, so I can say how frustrating it is to see that the tent is already ruined, even if it’s used just once.
If you want to know how then just read on!
Steps In Storing A Tent
Are you ready to learn how to store a tent? Follow each step religiously.
Step #1. Ensure the cleanliness of the tent
Just come to imagine the time when you have to use your tent again.
If you haven’t cleaned it after using it, and you just dumped it inside the box, then you’ll expect an awful smell.
In case you don’t want that to happen, then make sure it is clean.
That’s why it’s a good idea to know how to clean a tent.
Who wants to use a tent that smells musty, anyway?
Not me, of course! I just don’t know about you.
Step 1 is fundamental, right? Now, let’s know the second step.
Step #2. Make sure to store the tent in a dry and cool place
You don’t want your tent to be a haven of pests, right?
If it’s stored in a moist, damp place, it will surely be home to mice, bugs, and mold.
In order to avoid this from happening, make sure that your tent is stored in a dry place.
It’s not enough to just clean it; you also need to know how to keep the tent dry.
Step #3. Loose is good
Although most tents come with storing bags, you can opt for loose storages.
I know you’re wondering why!
Well, these storing bags may be compression bags, which are ideal for packing or hiking.
But, when they are used for keeping the tents, I doubt they can maintain the tents in good condition.
Here’s what you should take note of:
If you’re storing the tent for a long time, make sure to avoid compressing it.
Think about this:
Your tent is furnished with fabrics, so it needs to relax and breathe.
Tents aren’t made to be stretched or compressed in a long time.
Just a piece of advice (as I learned from the experts),
Try to store your tent in a pillowcase (as long as it is not compressed).
Step #4. When storing, make sure that the tent is partially assembled
What if you’re high-strung at all times?
I guess it will be easier for you to blow and snap something up.
I tell you- it’s just like tent poles, which are usually made of plastic, metal, or wooden cylinders.
Do you know that inside of these cylinders is bungee cords, attaching them?
If you disassemble these, the bungee cords stretch, even more, leading them to snap, so the pole would be useless. Leave them assembled to reduce the poles’ strain.
Step #5. Thoroughly dry the tent
You may say that it’s like cleaning your tent, but there’s a small difference.
Here’s what you should do after an event:
Assemble it again at home and let the air out.
Anyway, you can use a towel to dry some parts.
Also, remember NEVER to put the tent in a dryer; it can’t be washed and dried using a washing machine (GENERALLY!)
Step #6. Make use of silica gel
Not familiar with silica gel?
How about those small white things on packages that say, “DO NOT EAT”?
Okay, you get me now!
You can place a silica gel inside your tent.
It’s a desiccant, and it’s useful in sustaining or inducing dryness.
With this, you’re sure that it will not only dry but also get rid of moisture.
Plus, it’s very affordable, so you can get it whenever you want.
Wait! Just a caution!
These little things are not edible, so you should make sure that they’re out of reach from children and even animals.
Step #7. Make sure to separate the poles and fabric
Fabrics get damaged easily, especially by the poles and stakes.
That’s why you should make sure that you separate these items.
You don’t want to have more holes than those intended, right?
Don’t worry about separating the parts; the next step will surely ease your worry, and we’re sure no parts will be lost.
Step #8. Organize the storage
Know the ways on how to organize the storage of your tent.
You can use a huge box, place labels, and more.
In that way, separating the parts won’t be a problem; you don’t have to worry about where to get this and that.
There are eight easy steps on how to store a tent.
Hopefully, you find each step easy to execute.
I’m happy that you made it through ’til the end of the article.
Have a great day!