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  • Looking after a tent

    Ok,  you’ve bagged yourself a brand new tent, you will want to make it last as long as possible. We've got some good advice so you can take care of your tent so that it lasts for years to come. Our guide isn't from us, it's from our resident tent expert!

    Before you go camping

    First things first... Before you go camping you should always practice pitching your tent. By simply pitching your tent in an open space for a few days before your trip, you can save yourself stress down the road. It's the best time to check for any damages to your tent such as rips or splits and most annoyingly any broken zips. If it's a brand new tent then practicing to pitch your new tent will save you time when you get to the camp site. You can also get familiar with any awkward instructions and get used to all the bits and bobs which come with your tent.

    Pro Tip: Always follow the instructions when pitching your tent and try to get familiar with it as much as possible - before you even hit the camp site.

    Tent Protection Essentials

    When you go camping, there are a few camp site essentials that you can use to protect your tent and get many more camp trips out of your purchase.

    Tent repair kit - If you go cycling you would take a puncture repair kit so why not take one for your tent? Tent repair kits do a similar job and they help cover up any wear and tear your tent may incur. Like a sticky plaster you can apply tent patches to damaged areas just simply place on a flat surface and hold for a few seconds to seal.

    Tent Footprints - A tent footprint is a removable groundsheet used to protect the underside floor of your tent from wet ground and debris such as rocks. They are great at preventing unwanted tears and help you leaving the campsite by simply cleaning up, just by simply removing it.

    Gaffer tape, also know as duct tape is cheap, light and a must have addtion to any camping trip. It is versatile and allows you to cover up any small tears or fix any minor damages that may appear on your tent or camping equipment. It’s a perfect temporary fix to any problems you may face on your camping trip.

    Seam sealant - A seam sealant is what you need to fix a leaking seam, just re-cover the seam and leave it to take to the material for a few hour. Normally in bottle format, it bonds when exposed to the surface and air. Take a small bottle with you on your next camping trip..

    Cleaning and Drying Tents

    It sounds obvious but if you keep your tent clean and dry it is guaranteed to last longer. When we talk about camping, tent hygiene is sometimes overlooked as unimportant, but this can’t be further from the truth. A nice clean tent can be the difference between an annual holiday home or a one-time campout.

    Make sure that there is no dirt or soil remaining inside your tent. Make sure you never leave food in a tent after your camping trip and something simple like a dust pan and brush can do wonders on your camping trip. When you get home, get the vacuum cleaner out and give it a good once over.

    Tents will get dirty, very quickly, but don’t worry. To clean it, just simply wipe away any excess dirt that’s found its way onto the fabric both internally and externally. For hard, caked on mud, a sponge and a bucket of warm water will do the job. Stay away from chemical detergents, these can cause long term damage to your tents waterproof coating.

    When packing up and putting your tent away at the end of your camping trup make sure that it’s as dry as possible. Shake off any excess water and wipe down with a clean cloth and leave it open to air out for a few hours. If you’re packing up in the rain and you can't get your tent dry wait until you get home. As soon as you can, repitch the tent or try and hang it to dry on a washing line on the next available sunny day.

    Packing a Tent Away

    To make your tent last longer than one trip you're going to need to know how to pack it away correctly, not doing so could result in irreparable damage. However tired or wet you are at the end of your camping trip, try to picture your future self pitching the tent next time.

    Here are some tips but always check your tent and if it has any special instructions, especially inflatable tents.

    Make sure the inside of your tent is clean of dust and debris
    Place the bag for poles and tent pegs on top of your folded tent and roll it as tight as possible
    Push, don't pull the tent poles out of the guide sleeves and fold them up neatly.
    Half zip the doors leaving room for any air to escape
    Open the tent and leave it to air for a few hours before you start packing it away (if the weathers dry)
    Fold your tent to match the width of the carry bag pushing air out as you unfold.
    Tie the tent up and place it into it's bag.
    Unpin the poles from the pins and collapse the tent with the poles still in

    Store your tent

    Finally, storing your tent is essential to its long term condition. If you want it to last it is vital you must store it correctly. Place it flat down in a cool, dry area and away from any chemicals. Avoid placing it on it’s end as this will damage the tent poles and can pierce the fabric. Never store a tent wet as it will go mouldy and cause irreverable damage to the fabric and smell! If you have attic space, store tents in your house, if not a dry shed or garage will be suitable..

    Think of your tent as an investment and portable home that you’re going to want to look after. The more you invest in your tent the longer you will get out of it and more camping trips in the futures.

  • What is the best inflatable tent to buy this year

    Inflatable tents use a technology call air rise to pitch the tent. This process involves you hooking up an inlet in the tent to a pump which in minutes does all of the hard work for you pitching a tent and all this without a metal pole in sight! It's fast and straight forward giving you time to get on with your holiday and enjoy the great outdoors, which is why inflatable tents are the best sellers for family camping.

    We love camping but we don't like the preparation or clean up involved in camping. We want to relax and enjoy our holiday outdoors. An inflatable tent makes this easier and anything that reduces the number of potential arguments is big plus.

    The majority of inflatable camping tents sold in 2017 use an interlinked frame, which means the tent can be fully pitched in a matter of seconds. Also called air pitch tents or air beam tents, models come in a range of styles and designs to suit families, hikers, backpackers and adventurers alike. If you're searching for an air beam tent or inflatable tent for sale we have done our research and found the best inflatable camping tents available this year. Check out our guide below.

    New air pole technology for tents or inflatable pole technology has improved the efficiency of the rapid pitch tent. We've put together a fantastic summary of everything you will need to know about inflatable tents with a small collection of the very best ones on the market this year. Why not explore why blow up tents and inflatable tents for camping are so popular, and considered to be the best tents for families.

    What are the best Inflatable Tents for Family Camping?

    Berghaus Inflatable Tents

    The Berghaus tent range uses inflatable beam design to provide an efficient camping experience with a rapid pitch time. Spacious and with high ceilings it has large windows and good ventilation for a relaxing night they come in a range of sizes which can all be extended by porch additions.

    Air Venus

    The Air Venus Airtube tunnel tent is a generous 4 man tent for the small family or couple that wants a bit of extra space. As standard it comes with the same pitch fast air technology and a sewn in ground sheet.

    Outwell Harrier, Corvette, Air Clipper and Concorde Tent range

    Arguably the best inflatable tent brand on the market, Outwell inflatable tents are proving to be the most popular and reliable tents you will see on the campsite. All Outwell tents use the Outwell Airtech Stability system which delivers a simple method of pitching with air tubes and inflation valves that are located outside the tent for easy access. Perfect for those rainy days and quick setups!

    Green Hurricane

    The green hurricane inflatable tent uses the "Qwik" frame design and claims you can inflate your tent within 120 seconds! We're yet to prove this but pitching a tent in less than 5 minutes is a winner in our eyes. Made from polyester it is lightweight and easy to carry. As the name suggests it has been designed to withstand the most vigorous of storms.

    Vango Airbeam Tents and Tent Awnings

    One of our favourite tent brands, Vango has a large selection of inflatable tents and awnings that use air technology in their AirBeam range. Typical with Vango they have a large range of sizes with a scaling price point to suit a range of customers. Vango claim their tents are so easy to pitch they can be assembled by just one person within minutes, depending on the size you choose.

    Quechca Family Inflatable Air Tent

    We've seen this in action and it's very quick and easy to put up and fold back down. The tents structure uses inflatable tent arches which can be inflated as soon as the ground sheet has been fixed to the ground. The over hang is completed by attaching a light fibreglass pole into the housing.

    Can Inflatable Tents cope with Wind?

    Do you think an inflatable tent would just blow away in the wind? Think again, they're very strong and designed for the toughest of wind conditions.

    The Best Inflatable Tents for less than 4 people

    Hemiplanet Cave Inflatable Tent

    Hemiplanet claim to be the first brand to produce an inflatable geodesic tent. To pitch, you simply lay it out on the ground and inflate one inlet. It comes complete with a hand held pump and it would be an ideal tents for that quick shelter when hiking, as even in bad weather in can withstand 60 mph winds!

    How fast can you pitch an Inflatable Tent?

    What are the best Inflatable Tents for glamping?

    Inflatable Bubble Tent

    Going glamping? You have to do something chic and unique. This is where the inflatable bubble tent, dome tent or garden igloo tent will help you stand out from the rest of the crowd at a campsite near you.

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