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Purchasing a tent is one of the most exciting things you can do when beginning to build your stash of camping essentials. Equally important as finding an excellent tent to purchase, though, is maintaining the tent’s condition. By taking care of your tent routinely and thoroughly, you can ensure that it will hold up outside and will remain a comfortable spot to protect you from the elements of nature.

Read the instructions

One of the most important things that you can do to help elongate your tent’s life span is quite simple: read the instructions! Each tent varies a bit when it comes to proper cleaning and storage, so be sure to read your tent’s specific instructions for the best tips and tricks. After reading the instruction manual, be sure to familiarize yourself with the materials included in your tent’s bag. Knowing what materials are in your tent’s bag will ensure that you can account for all of these materials when packing up.

Keep your tent dry

It is also essential, after packing up, to ensure that your tent has ample time to dry completely before being packed up and stored away for an extended period. By packing up a wet or damp tent, mold and mildew are allowed to grow and harm the tent’s coating – this is in addition to the smell that comes with mildewy surfaces.

Clean your tent correctly

If you need to clean your tent off, make sure to use a non-abrasive sponge and gentle, non-detergent soap. If you do use soap, this soap should be unscented. The last thing you’d want while sleeping peacefully in your nice dry tent is for a furry animal friend to smell the fragrance!

As mentioned, purchasing a tent is one of the pinnacle actions you can take to begin embarking upon your journey to camp and to enjoy all that nature has to offer. While this is exciting, it is also imperative to maintain proper care and storage of the tent. By taking care of your tent correctly, you are working to ensure that your camping trips continue to be seamless and dry (while in the tent, at least!).