The not so obvious items your first camping trip needs

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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.

Suppose you’re going camping for the first time. In that case, it’s easy to focus on the obvious essentials such as a high-quality tent, a stove for outdoor cooking and even a DD hammock for a cosy sleep, but there are lots of other little hacks that will help you enjoy your trip away in the great outdoors even more.

Shower essentials

If you have booked a campsite with a shower, don’t forget this will still be different from popping into your shower at home or a hotel! Take a bag to carry and hang your shower essentials in and include a pair of flip flops to wear in the shower block, and to make walking back from the shower blocks easy (rather than fighting to get socks and shoes on damp feet!)

Micro-fibre towels (or a thin beach towel!) are most suitable as they will dry quickly throughout the day. If you can, try to manage without washing your hair, but you can always call ahead to see if your campsite has hair drying facilities. Some sites offer hairdryers that take coins to operate or a plug socket you can plug a travel hairdryer in to.

Layers, layers, layers

Even on a hot day, the evening temperature can quickly drop when you are outside, especially on a clear night. If you are camping in summer, still pop in a thermal top and leggings, a woolly hat and a windproof jacket to make sure you are extra cosy when spending the evening outside around the campfire.

Valuables

Leave them at home. Remember, your tent is only secured by zips and adding a padlock may only highlight that valuables are in your tent. Plus, it can be easy to lose things when camping, so avoid upset and only bring what you truly need and leave the laptop and sentimental jewellery in a safe place at home.

Cleaning essentials

Chances are, you’ll be doing some cooking on your camping trip, and you don’t want to come home with dirty plates and cutlery. A collapsible washing up bowl makes washing up a breeze and won’t take up lots of space when it’s not in use. Don’t forget to pop in a sponge, washing up liquid and a tea towel too. Lastly, a dustpan and brush is a really useful item to include. When packing up your tent at the end of your trip, you can sweep out any grass and mud to make sure your tent is squeaky clean for your next trip!

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