5 Survival Hacks you need to know

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Blog provided by 3f UL Gear apologies for any Chinglish and poor translation. We will aim to redo this in our own words in the future. 

Many people asked me whether seam-seal the Lanshan tent with silicone glue is a must. My answer is that it depends on the situation. If you buy a non-PRO version, you don’t need to apply glue, because it has been taped in the factory and has the high-performance waterproof ability. If you buy the PRO version which is made by 2 side silicone coated Nylon, Congratulations, you will get a new skill!

This method works for any silicone ultralight tent. Not limited to Lanshan tent.

You can find something like a syringe in the package go from the Lanshan Pro, which is the best gluing tool for ordinary people we can find. Although it does not necessarily have the simplest operation, but the result must be the nicest looking.

 

This is a reliable glue. Although it doesn’t dry fast, it’s easy to buy. If you have a better choice, please tell us and we will recommend it to other hikers.

 

In this official instruction of glue, the way they apply glue is to use a small brush to smear the seam, which is also done by most people, but we do not recommend this method because it is very difficult to operate, in the end your beautiful tent will become like this:

believe it will ruin your good mood all day and curse our tent.

 

Our suggestion is to use the syringe we sent with the tent. The specific operation method is shown in the video below:

 

Sorry its chinese! but you will get the drift. English Version just below.

 

 

In English

First of all, you should set up the tent in your backyard. It must be full pitched and tighten.

After that, squeeze the glue into the syringe. According to experience, if your handicraft is good, half a tube of glue is enough. We don’t recommend applying a lot of glue, because it will increase the tent weight.

Before sealing, firstly is to make sure where need sealing. The positions that must be sealing marked with red, the optional sealing area marked with yellow, and the area that no need seam sealing showing as black. We do not recommend seal all seams, because that will increase the weight.

The operation can be carried out from top to bottom. Hold the syringe in one hand, the other hand hold waist for stability. Apply the glue evenly along the seam. In the black UHMWPE patch area, apply it with your fingers after coating to form a thin layer of glue. Remember wipe your finger with papers after that.

If you are a DIYer, it not a big thing! If not, this DIY experience will open up a new world for you.

 

After all seams are sealed, don’t hurry to package the tent. According to the performance of different glue, you need to let it dry for 1-12 hours.

 

In conclusion, If you feel that you are not good at DIY or a perfectionist, you can choose to seal only the red area, so that Lanshan Pro can also withstand in the storm.

 

Finally, if you have a better seam sealing method, please tell us to benefit more people.

1. Ring pull fishing hook – If you are caught out in the wild with very limited supplies, food and water are going to be on the top of your list. If you have (or can find) an old can you can use the ring pull as an improvised fishing hook. Simply use your multitool to snip one half of the ring pull open, bend it around and sharpen it to a point. Attach your line to the other loop and you have your fishing hook.

 

Ring pull fishing hook

2. Water Collection – Water is at the top of the list when you are in a survival situation. What better way to collect it than to harvest what is already around you. Using any waterproof fabric and a container you can very easily make a water collection point to harvest rainwater. Even with a light drizzle, you can collect a decent amount of drinking water.

Gather water from tent tarp

3. Fire and warmth are going to be the next think on your list after food and water. Starting a fire can sometimes be tricky – Tinder can help you get the job underway! Tinder can be hard to find if you are in a survival type situation – especially if you are in a wet environment. “Look to your feet!” – Your socks can be a great place to look for tinder, both wool and cotton are flammable and once you have picked the lint from your stock this can give a nice ball of tinder. Throw on some sparks and you are good to go. Another good option can be dried foods such as Doritos – These will take a spark well and will give you a good fire starter that also doubles as food!

 

Dorito fire starter

4. Natural Mosquito repellent – Want to keep the mosquitoes at bay when you are in your camp of an evening. Burning natural herbs can really help – if you can find Mint, Pine needles or Thyme. It has been proving that burning these releases scents into the air that puts off the little pests. Peppermint is especially good in humans as well for clearing your Nasal Passages – two uses in one!

 

Mosquito repellent plants

5. Key Saw – If you are in the wild then chances are you are going to have some kind of key one you – did you know you can use the small serrated teeth on the key as an improvised saw for cutting small notches in branches to make things like traps and snares.

Use key as saw

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