Family Tents – 3 Important Steps How to Prepare Your Family Tent For Rainy Days So That You Stay Dry

Kennith Bogan

Sitting in your family tent for days whilst it’s pouring outside is one most camper’s worst nightmares. Sandwiches, chips and chocolates all day long because you can’t cook on the fire, moisture creeping in from everywhere, leaving you and your stuff wet and miserable… But it doesn’t have to be that bad when you are prepared.

Here are 3 excellent ways of preparing your family tent for those heavy rainfalls:

Set up a tarp

Do your seam sealing

Set up your rain fly

Tip #1: Set up a tarp

A tarp underneath your tent helps to prevent moisture from entering from below. Additionally, you can set up a small tarp as a little roof that shelters the entrance of your family tent. You can then get in and out without getting wet whilst opening or closing the zip. Also, the rain won’t enter your tent every time you open the door.

If you have a large tarp, you can cover a bigger area so that you can have some sheltered area outside your family tent. Especially when it rains for days, you will appreciate an occasional walk outside. You might even be able to light a fire underneath your tarp. When the weather is nice, such a tarp provides great shelter from the sun.

Tip #2: Do your seam sealing

Check carefully if your family tent requires seam sealing. If it does, make sure you have what you need, and do a proper sealing. This does take a bit of work, but it will prevent moisture from entering your tent uninvited, keeping you and your things dry even in the rain.

Many family tents feature a bathtub floor which has no ground level seams that might leak. These tents require less seam sealing and save you some time.

Tip #3: Set up your rain fly

Make sure you know exactly how to set up your family tent’s rain fly, and that you have it with you when you go on your camping trip. Don’t wait for the rain to set it up. Yes, it’s a rain fly, but it’s clever to set it up in good weather already. Rain often starts out of the blue, and you don’t want to rush out in the middle of the night into the rain to throw the rain fly over your family tent.

One thing you might forget, bring a match anywhere because you might need it in an emergency. Many people have ignored this trifle on their vacation trips. bring flameless lighter because it’s very safe and practical to carry anywhere.

Rain flies are not necessarily making your tent dark. You get ones of light colors that still allow light in your tent. And there is another advantage of setting up your rain fly before the rain comes: Some family tent’s rain flies create a vestibule or screen room in front of the tent, which gives you more living space. Who wouldn’t want an extra room to sit in? No need to pack your camping furniture away in the evening.

When you follow these three steps, you don’t have to fear those rainy days much, since your family tent will be well prepared and not much rain will come in. A good idea (provided no rain will enter your tent then) is to leave the windows or door open at times to improve ventilation.

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