When setting up the tent:
- Pitch your tent on a smooth flat surface. This will avoid tear from sharp objects, and from water (if raining) accumulating in one spot.
- Use an under-tent tarp to protect the bottom of the tent.
- Tighten the tent’s cords and tie them well to the tent pegs. This is will avoid the tent material from tearing up.
- Pitch your tent away from the fireplace.
- Try not to step inside of your tent wearing your shoes.
- Don’t pitch your tent next to a bear’s cave.
When putting down the tent:
- Release all cords, open the door(s) and turn it upside down (door downwards) & shake the dirt out.
- Packing a wet tent leads to smelly and moldy polyester. Dry it out before putting it down, unless it is raining of course. The sun should help, but too much sun is not good for the material. So be moderate about it.
When you are at home:
- Pitch it as soon as you are back home.
- Keep it to dry out.
- Sweep with a wet sponge the dirt.
- Inspect the tent for holes and seal them with a repair kit.
- Do not wash it in a washing machine.
- Zippers need extra care, so brush them well and it is a good idea to wax them from time to time.
- I like to keep a small-sized bag of dry lavender when I pack my tent away.
- If you really want to take tent care to another level, do not store it in its bag, rather fold it loosely to keep breathing out.
This is where it gets complexed! So many things to know and in my opinion, you do not need to know it all. I will try to simplify it this way, there are 2 types of sleeping bags: the ones filled with synthetic and the others filled with down. And either of the choices can be very pricey.
- Synthetic can get wet; hence it can be washed (follow the manufacturer instruction). However, don’t make it a habit as it loses its warmth grade. You can also wash it with Nikwax Tech Wash
- Down should not get wet as wet down does not function and loses its characteristics. Though there is new tech that treats down and makes it waterproof… they are still far from being perfect. So, try not to get your sleeping bag wet. You can wash it using Nikwax Down Wash, I would recommend using a Dry-Cleaning service.
A sleeping bag is your comfort area, where you want to rest and get a good night’s sleep. So, the last thing you want is a smelly and dirty sleeping bag.
Here’s how to increase your sleeping bag’s life span:
- Wipe it well from inside and outside.
- Air it out after every use. Even better in the sun.
- Take care of the zippers by waxing them often.
- I recommend investing in a liner bag to use.
- Store them in a loose bag, and NOT in their stuff-bag.
- Hang them in the closet. And make sure it is a dry area.
All you need is to scrub it with a wet towel and bit of soap. bush the hard spots with a toothbrush.