Small Stuff With Big Benefits
Little things can make your shelter more livable
Little things can make your shelter more liveable
Having a tent to shelter yourself from nature’s fury is almost mandatory when you’re forced to make do under the stars. However, what you normally get when purchasing a tent is just that, a tent. Usually no bells and whistles, no backup equipment and no luxury items are added to your initial purchase to make your stay just a bit more comfortable.
Luckily for you, there are many sources to find just the right additions to make your outdoor stay more suited to your needs and tastes. From improved tent stability options to cargo holders to modern high-tech cordage and repair items, you are fortunate to have many options at your disposal. Like every aspect of camping, prepping or survival training, you can customize nearly any category, and now tent accessories can be added to the list.
1 BIG AGNES BLOWDOWN TENT ANCHOR
Move on from traditional tent stakes and modernize with these amazing blowdown tent anchors. No longer will you have to hammer down stakes into unforgiving rocky or sandy soil and suffer from popped lines throughout the night. Just fill these no-skid fabric pouches with sand, snow or one solid rock for nonstop security and stability of your temporary outdoor shelter. Featuring reflective guy lines, these tie downs will stand out in the darkness of night and help prevent any accidents when walking nearby.
• Replaces traditional tent stakes • Lightweight to carry and store • Reflective guy lines • No-skid fabric keeps anchor in place
2 GLOROPE TACTIGLO PARACORD
Tripping over guy lines will be a thing of the past with Tactiglo reflective and glow paracord. Use this throughout your campsite to prevent trips and falls when traversing near your tent during the pitch blackness of night. Additionally, this cordage can be used anywhere you need true 550 paracord strength. Customize the amount of glow you need by choosing from one to four glo-tracers interwoven within the cordage. From highly visible for maximum effectiveness to very slight glow for more covert uses, this takes tent cordage to a whole new level.
• Choice of glow level • Super strong 550 grade • Charges in daylight • Contains reflective threads
$0.15 to $0.69 per foot glorope.com
3 COLEMAN CPX 6 LIGHTED TENT FAN
Bring light and air circulation into nearly any tent to create a comfortable nighttime experience. This simple fan provides air flow to reduce tent stuffiness, while providing enough light to play games and read maps or books. The fan is constructed of soft foam blades, safe for use around children. The bright light also doubles as a soft nightlight. The fan is portable, easy-to-use and a great comfort for everyone.
• Compatible with most tents • Powered by four D batteries or A/C adapter
(both sold separately) • Two speed modes • Runtime: High -10 hours, low - 30 hours • 99-lumen LED lights • Fan and light run independently • Attaches with carabiner or magnetic plate
4 EUREKA CAMPING COT XL
Don’t relegate yourself to sleeping on the hard, cold ground. Elevate yourself and enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep on this heavy-duty collapsible cot. The unit easily fits into most tents and allows you to get the rest you need to continue your adventures the next morning. Constructed of 600D by 300D durable polyester fabric with a reinforced backing, this material will hold up through the night and last for years. When it’s time to move on, simply disassemble the unit and pack it away in its convenient storage bag for easy transport.
• Oversized for sleeping comfort • 300-pound capacity • Rapid assembly • Heavy-duty, durable construction • Zippered storage pocket
5 MSR GEAR UNIVERSAL GEAR LOFT
Don’t lose valuable gear when spending a night under the stars. This lightweight storage loft keeps all of your small items safe, secure and out of the way while you sleep. It easily attaches to most tents wand its breathable mesh is useful when drying out damp gloves, socks or hats. Easily attachable and zippered to keep things in place, this containment loft is a must-have during any camping trip.
• Adjusts to nearly any tent • Lightweight mesh • Zippered pocket • Overhead out-of-the-way storage • Easy set up
6 MSR GEAR STAKE HAMMER
Don’t underestimate the value of a good stake hammer. Without it you’ll be fighting to get your tent set and secured, and after a long day in the bush, that’s a problem you don’t need. This heavy-duty hammer will drive stakes with ease, even in the most troublesome terrain. Perfectly balanced, and engineered to distribute the most force with minimal effort, this hammer is indispensable and built to last. An integrated bottle opener lets you celebrate your quickly erected shelter.
• 11 ounces • Hardened stainless steel • Includes lanyard • Durable construction