Have you ever experienced the joy of sleeping in a tent on a camping trip? It is a must-have experience. Move out of your comfort zone and set yourself in the lap of nature for a while. I assure you that you will cherish the memory of sleeping in a tent for your entire life. Adventure lovers do not think twice when they plan to explore the Mother Nature. However, even experienced campers do care about one thing, and that is dryness of their tent. After all, you keep all your personal items in the tent, and you do want it to get wet. Tents save you from bad weather, give you shelter, and allow you to rest. If a tent can’t do these things, it serves no purpose for campers.
Modern tent styles include frame tents, cabin tents, wall tents, spike tents and range tents, all of which fall into the category of rigid poles structures. Dome shaped, tunnel shaped, hybrid tunnel/dome geodesic, single-hoop, and the pop-up is considered flexible poles tents.
You can go for pricier waterproof tents, or if you are on a low budget, you can buy a normal tent and make it waterproof.
For making your tent waterproof you can use:
Before applying any solution, clean the tent properly. Remove any stains and mildew from your tent and pitch the tent in an open space. Once the tent fabric is taut, open up the doors and windows of the tent as waterproofing fumes are toxic. You do not want the toxic fumes to get trapped in your tent. Clean the tent from the inside using a wet piece of cloth. Begin with the floor. Sprinkle the solution on the floor area and spray the walls section from the outside. Once the walls are dry, tilt the tent on its side, now waterproof the floor from the outside same way you did from the inside. After spraying the solution all over, leave the tent until it dries. If your tent is UV resistant, then you can leave it in the sun, otherwise in shade.
Seams are the place where water often enters the tent. They are the most prone area to leaks because of the holes left behind by the needles during the stitching. Tents are now available with taped seams, which are more water resistant than standard seams. Seam sealants are also available, which you can use on the both sides of the seams and leave it for a few hours to dry. For better results, you may add another layer of seam sealant once the first coat has dried.
No matter what you do with your tent to make it waterproof, you should test its waterproofing quality before your trip. Once you’ve completed this and the tent is all dried up, you need to check for leaks.
Checking for Leaks
Pitch the tent. Close all the windows and doors and shower water on it. If the pinholes remain and water leaks in, apply another layer of seam solution of waterproofing solution on it. Once you are completely sure your tent is fully waterproofed, you can take it along on your trip.
Flysheet: This is an extra covering used to protect the tent from foul weather. It overlaps the roof of the tent slightly but does not extend down the sides of the tent. The flysheet is water proof from the outside.
Groundsheet: The ground sheet also provides a barrier between the ground and the sleeping area. It does not allow water to come in contact with your sleeping bags.