Ir­re­spec­tive of the style of your tent, what fab­ric it’s made of, or how long your war­ranty is valid for, you need to look af­ter your tent prop­erly to make sure it lasts. These seven tips will add years to its life­span.

Go! Camp & Drive - - Contents - Text Kyle Kock Pho­tos Keaton Kock

Just like you need to do main­te­nance on your prop­erty once in a while, there are def­i­nitely best prac­tices when it comes to keep­ing your tent in tip-top shape, rang­ing from the best way to store it and how to keep it clean. Prac­tice makes per­fect Okay, you’ve just bought a new tent. Now what? Well, you need to un­pack it, of course. And learn how to set it up. While you’re pitch­ing you’ll need one of those lit­tle wa­ter spray bot­tles handy. Once it’s stand­ing, spray some wa­ter on all the seams and stitched joints. This al­lows for the stitch­ing to soak up mois­ture and swell out and tighten as it dries, al­low­ing your tent’s sewed pan­els to be­come even stronger. This is also a prime op­por­tu­nity to do a count of all the lit­tle parts that make up your com­plete tent and fa­mil­iarise your­self with every­thing. A wax sealant ap­plied to the in­side of the seams is also a sure-fire way of keep­ing every­thing in­side dry even if there is a tiny leak.

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