How to stay dry while camping

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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.

The weather in the UK is famously unpredictable, so it is always best to be prepared for whatever nature throws at you. Rain is the great enemy of many campers, so here are a few tips on how to stay warm and dry while camping.

Skin deep

The very first step is to invest in high-quality rainproof clothing. Waterproof jackets, trousers, gloves and boots are a must for any camper. Don’t forget good thermal layers to keep out the chill!

Pack prepared

No-one likes spending long periods of time in wet socks or shirts, so ensure that you pack spares of warm essentials like underwear and socks. These can easily be left to air dry during the day or overnight, and will keep you warm and dry for your entire trip. Make sure that you bring waterproof storage for everything too.

Hang in there

Don’t fancy sleeping on a damp floor? Why not try a hammock – these can be used outside or inside and will keep you high and dry. They are also great at keeping the heat in so you won’t get too cold on wild and wet nights.

Tarp Master

A tarp is your best friend on a rainy day. They can be used as groundsheets to keep your floor mud and water-free, or as an extra covering to create a spare space for storage or extra working space. Always erect your tarp on a downward slope so that the rain runs off it easily, and ensure that it is facing away from the wind – it will stop it from blowing away. Tarps are a camping staple for beginners and seasoned adventurers, so always have a few spares on hand.

Light my fire

If you sense the weather is going to turn, get a fire lit as soon as possible. Arrange your fuel well and the fire will keep burning no matter how heavy the downpour. Try setting up a tarp near to (never above – it’s a fire hazard) your fire so that you have a dry, sheltered space for food preparation or just watching the world.

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