Camping is a wonderful experience and whether you're in a tent or in an RV, you can have a great time. Sometimes, though, it can really help to have a portable tent with you. Whether it's for privacy when using a portable toilet or for a portable changing room, they can be real life savers, providing you with a little extra space when you need it.
What type of tent will I need?
When it comes to types of tents, there are quite a few. And when deciding between them, you'll need to ask yourself a series of questions.
- How many purposes will my tent need to have?
- How easy will it be to set up the tent?
- How much privacy will I get? Or how much do I need?
- What kind of ventilation does it have or do I need (bathroom tents and shower tents will need more ventilation than a storage or changing room tent)
- Is the floor removable? (shower tents and bathroom tents work better with removable floors)
- Will multiple people need to fit inside?
- Does it have any kind of storage, bags, hooks, or other features?
- Is it within your budget?
- Will anyone be sleeping in it?
Only once you've answered these questions do you have a clear enough idea about which kind of tent you'll be needing. Once you've decided on a direction, you can go on to compare colors, size, and more.
What can I do with my tent?
When camping in the woods, finding a place to go can be a hassle. By bringing a portable toilet with you, you have a more comfortable and convenient way to go. But that still doesn't solve the issue of privacy. By using your portable tent as a bathroom privacy tent, you can go in peace. Just make sure to place it a little ways away from your campsite so that you have better privacy. You could also set up a portable shower in there and use it as a shower tent. But if you want some more tips on how to stay clean while camping, we can help you out there as well. First, pack enough outfits so that you can wash a pair if it gets dirty. Bring enough water to wash them as well as yourself if you are away from a continuous water source. Take baths and showers, even if it means just swimming in a stream or wiping yourself down with some baby wipes. Afterwards, a microfiber towel can get you dry in no time. If you don't have what you need to wash your hands before eating or after going to the bathroom, bring along some hand sanitizer to help you out a bit. It also helps to wear synthetic material clothing so that it can wick away the moisture from your sweat, rather than letting it soak in, creating odors and sweat stains. Finally, make sure to bring along (and use) your toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss.
If you are using it as a changing room, most of how to use it is pretty straightforward. There area few things to keep in mind, though. First make sure there is enough room to change in there. This might sound kind of simple, but often people get a tent that is too small for the flailing arms or sitting on the floor that is needed for changing easier. If you have a family, try placing a bucket in there for the dirty clothes. If you are changing on the beach, make sure that the tent is properly secured and keep the possibility of wind in mind. Finally, here's a tip that most people tend to forget. If you bring a light in with you while you're changing, it will throw your shadow upon the wall. Which means everyone will be able to see your shadow while you're changing. So, especially at night, it might be better to use only a low light, pointed away from the rest of your party or not use a light at all.
Tips for setting up your tent
Whether you're just getting into camping or you've been camping for years, some tips can always be nice. So keep reading to find some tips on setting up your tent.
First, find a good spot to set it up. The spot should be flat without any steep incline. It should also be on higher ground to prevent water from collecting in your tent if it rains. The ground should be free of rocks and other uncomfortable nature materials such as branches. The site where you want to set up your tent should be covered by shade on the hottest parts of the day, so that the tent doesn't get too hot. It should also be placed on firm ground so that the stakes can grip into it.
Second, make sure that you put the canopy on. This canopy acts as an extra layer of reflection from the sun so that the temperature can keep at a lower level. It also redirects the rain and water away from the main part of the tent and the poles as well as providing an extra layer of protection against falling items such as branches
Third, use a ground cover tarp when possible. This tarp keeps the tent dry and warm. In woodlands and fields, put the tarp under the tent, making sure to fold the sides in under it so that the tarp doesn't extend past the edges of the tent. At the beach, or in a sandy area, don't put a tarp under the tent, but rather inside the tent.
Finally, make sure you avoid these mistakes: 1) Not looking up. When you set up your campsite, you should always look up for things like low hanging branches, branches that look like they might fall, spider webs, beehives, and more. These things could seriously hurt you or damage your tent and it is best to avoid them. 2) Not staking the tent. I know that staking the tent can be annoying and seem like it's only something you do when there is bad weather. That's not the case, though staking it, even in normal and good weather conditions, makes sure that the tent and everything inside of it stays in place. 3) Not being aware of the sun. The sun can make a big impact on the temperature inside of your tent, depending on where you place it. So make sure you're keeping this in mind when setting up your tent. 4) Not finding good ground. Poor ground could make for a very uncomfortable sleep, for rain to puddle right in the middle of your tent, for a branch or rock to rip your tent, and more. So, it's important to really look at the ground and the location before setting up your tent.