Choosing the Right Tent:
Features to consider when determining what sort of tent you need include weight, space and season. Tents are usually made for backpacking or car camping. Because backpacking tents will be carried, they are lighter and more compact than tents that will be stowed in the back of the car and set up in a front-country campsite. Furthermore, when choosing a tent, consider how many people and how much equipment need to be in that tent at any one time. Generally, a two person tent will accommodate one person and their gear and a three person tent will be a snug fit for two people sleeping people with their gear. Lastly, the season for which the tent is made is an important factor when deciding which tent is right for you to purchase. Four season tents are made for winter weather and long expeditions. Windows and doors have extra zippers and fabric and poles are made stronger to withstand the conditions. Vestibules on four season tents have poles and are larger than a three season tent to give you space to inhabit when it is storming outside. Three season tents are made to be used in spring, summer and fall. Often, mesh panels are exposed for ventilation in warmer weather and vestibules are smaller. Consider these features and select the tent that best suits your needs.
Always store your tent in a cool, dry place. It is a good idea to roll or stuff your tent a different way every time you pack it so you will not create creases in one spot. We recommend folding the tent in thirds, draping the rain-fly over the folded body, rolling the tent poles in the fabric and putting it in its stuff sack. At any time, stuffed or set up, exposure to the sun and excessive heat will damage the fabric coatings on your tent and moisture will promote damaging mildew. If mildew does form, immediately wash your tent to stop further growth of the fungus. Use a mixture of one-cup of salt, one-cup of lemon juice and one-gallon of hot water, rub it into the mildew and allow your tent to dry. Always make sure your tent is clean and free of debris, especially zippers and poles, so dirt does not guck up the mechanisms and keep them from working properly. If you get sap or pitch on your tent, freeze the tent and pick off the pitch with duct tape rolled back on itself or rub mineral oil on the sap to get it off. In general, clean your tent with cleaners specifically made to clean tents or wipe it with a sponge and water. Be sure to let it dry completely before storing. Do not dry clean, machine wash or tumble dry your tent. These actions will damage your tent. Also, avoid any kind of flame inside your tent or fly, including candles and stoves. Proper care of your tent will extend its life and your tent will serve you better.