All backpackers need one essential gear. What is it? Is it a backpack? Yes, but that is not what I was thinking of. Is it a bevy bag? No, and stop thinking about things that are used for carrying other stuff. I am thinking of a waterproof tent.
As I wrote in another post, nobody knows what the weather will be like in five minutes, in an hour or in a day. No matter how much you watch the news, no matter how you think you know it, you don’t.
This is the reason why it is best to be on the safe side and have a tent that can withstand even the worst weather. A waterproof tent is exactly that. It is not only excellent for bad weather, but it will give you a nice shelter for sunny, nice weather as well.
There are two ways to get a waterproof tent. First is obvious, you buy one. A waterproof tent is not a lot more expensive than a non-waterproof one, so it wouldn’t make sense to not buy a waterproof tent, when you can be secure and safe from the weather for only a little bit extra.
The second way to getting a waterproof tent is to make your existing tent waterproof. This can be gotten with an investment of around ten bucks, and two hours of your time. If you want to make a tent that you already have waterproof again, you have to first see if your tent is fit for such transformation. Only tents that have two walls are fit to be made waterproof.
This is very important, because no matter how much waterproof coating you apply to a tent, if it has only one layer, it will be soaked with water in a heavy rain, and the water will get into the tent. If you don’t have a double wall tent, the second wall can be replaced with a waterproof rainfly, but then it won’t look very pretty. You basically have to decide: do you want to buy a brand new double wall tent, or you are willing to sacrifice some beauty and have a tent with a waterproof tarp on top of it.
The way to make the wall of the tent waterproof is to apply a waterproof spray to the wall. The best way to do this is to set up the tent in the garden, and soak it with the waterproof spray. You don’t have to do it in the garden necessarily, but you must do it in an open space, because the waterproof spray can be poisonous, you mustn’t inhale it.
If you have soaked the wall with waterproof spray, you need to leave it to dry for thirty minutes or so. When that time is up, you have grab a soft piece of cloth and apply the waterproof spray all over the wall of the tent so that every spot has the same amount of waterproofing material over it.
The best waterproofing spray is the Nikwax in my opinion. It is easy to use, and not very expensive. If you want to read more about waterproofing a tent, you can do so on one of the below websites.
The best sources on waterproofing a tent are: