Have you ever wondered ? If you follow these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to make living in a tent a little more bearable.
Whether or not you think that living in a tent long-term is a great opportunity to get in touch with nature or a punishment from the gods that deprives you of your precious Starbucks and civilization probably says a lot about your tastes as a person. Some of us are city slickers, others among us are total outdoor people, and then there’s a lot of grey area in between.
Assuming you don’t fall at the far end of the spectrum on the city side and will be miserable without the comforts of modern society (in which case, rest assured, you’re in good company) camping in a tent can be fun. If you’re living in a tent for some kind of survival reason then you really don’t have a choice. Either way, these tips will help you make the most of it.
But what about living in a tent long-term? We’re not talking about just a quick camping trip for a couple of days, but rather staying in a tent for weeks on end.
If you’re going to try to live in a tent over the long haul, you’re going to want to keep the following tips and tricks in mind.
There’s just no escaping “the first rule of real estate,” is there? Whether you’re looking to buy a home, choose an apartment or condominium, rent a hotel room or, yes, even stay out in a tent for a few weeks, you’re first going to want to consider the location where you’ll be “pitching your tent.”
What is the surrounding area like? Is it stable and, just as importantly, is it safe? A tent doesn’t afford much in the way of “home security protection,” after all. You’ll thus want to make sure that you’re staying in an area that is safe.
You’ll also want to consider a variety of other factors that might impact the overall degree of comfort you experience during your stay.
For one thing, you’ll want to pay close attention to the soil quality of the area where you’re staying. Unless your tent is so inordinately massive as to be able to fit a small bed inside, you’ll be sleeping on the floor itself or in a sleeping back atop it.
If the surface is rocky or asphalt-hard, that’s going to make for an uncomfortable night’s sleep. If the surface is too moist or muddy, on the other hand, you’ll have the opposite problem.
In addition, your surroundings can have a huge impact on your comfort level. Pitch your tent near an industrial area or freeway, and you’ll be left with the lovely smell of industrial refuse or car fumes for the duration of your stay.
On the flip side, finding an area with a nice big tree can give you a double bonus of added shade and shelter, while staying by a lake gives you access to water that you can use for bathing and, if you can filter it properly, drinking as well.
You’ll also want to be aware of any and all animals that may populate the area where you’re staying. While you may be a bona fide animal lover, the fact of the matter remains that not every animal will love being around you, especially if they are wild animals.
A few animal awareness tips:
● Make sure that you remember to zip up your tent at the end of the night so as not to wake up to a “surprise guest” in the middle of the night
● Don’t leave food or other items that might attract animals
● Take special caution if you are staying anywhere with bears, including investing in so-called “bear-proof tents” with sturdier exteriors than the average tent
● While bugs probably aren’t unavoidable, you’ll want to try to avoid pitching your tent near ant colonies, beehives, wasps’ nests, and similar problematic areas
Something you’ll want to figure out far in advance is what and how you’re going to eat. Even if you plan to “live off the land,” that’s going to take a great deal of preparation.
For one thing, you’ll need to make sure that you are staying somewhere that facilitates “living off the land” – camping outside a Walmart won’t do. What’s more, you’re going to need to make sure that any and all foodstuffs you scrounge up to eat are indeed safe to eat, and that you clean and, if necessary, thoroughly cook them before eating.
You’ll also want to make sure that your food source is sustainable. Remember, you’re looking to stay in this place for the long-haul, and while the nice thing about a tent is that you can pick up and move whenever you like, doing so too often can be tiring.
You’ll thus want to make sure, upon finding a food source, that it isn’t a “fluke” or something that will be exhausted in a day or two.
Even if you are the most rugged outdoors person around, you need to make sure to maintain good sanitation standards while living in your tent. You don’t want to reek of filth and refuse when you return to civilization.
What’s more, having poor sanitation standards is a fast track to contracting a disease or suffering other medical problems.
Clean water is thus an absolute must, whether you bring a supply with you, have access to a freshwater lake, bring a water purifier, or some combination thereof. You’ll also want to be sure to “answer the call of nature” far away from your tent, let alone from your food and water supplies, for obvious reasons.
Following these steps, you can pitch and live in your tent like a pro.
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