Travelling light: 5 things you don’t need to take on a camping trip

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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.

If you’re preparing for a camping trip, you’ve probably read dozens of lists of the items that you mustn’t forget. From torches to spare socks, there are many essentials for those braving a night in the wilderness. But is it possible to over-prepare? Camping should be about getting back to basics, so overpacking will only slow you down. Here are 5 items that you absolutely don’t need to take on your next camping trip.

1. Glass or ceramic items

Taking breakable items on a camping trip is a big no-no. Broken glass can tear through a rucksack and can also be a serious hazard at a campsite. Leave your breakable bowls and mugs at home and bring plastic or paper crockery instead.

2. A mirror

Camping should be about losing yourself in nature, so your appearance is the last thing you should be worrying about. Leaving your mirror at home is liberating, and also removes another potential source of broken glass.

3. Smartphone and laptop

One of the big attractions of camping is the opportunity to get away from the stresses of the modern world. Taking an internet device with you defeats the point by keeping you connected to life back at home. Spending the whole trip checking your work emails will leave you feeling like you haven’t been on holiday at all. Take a basic phone with you for safety and leave it at that. The battery life will be better too.

4. Kids’ toys

If you are taking your children camping, you may be tempted to bring lots of toys to keep them entertained. This is a big mistake as it means that your kids won’t make the most of the experience. Nature is endlessly entertaining for children, so give them a chance to enjoy it fully by leaving the toys at home.

5. White clothing

This one should go without saying. Trying to keep white clothing clean on a camping trip simply isn’t worth the hassle. Only bring clothes that can handle a bit of mud!

For more information or advice on camping supplies, contact us at Wood to Water today.

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