Portable nomadic shelter
Sheets of fabric material over pole frame and supporting rope

Assembled (pitched) usually 5 and 25 minutes
Disassembly (striking) takes a similar length of time

Tents protects you from the weather elements, provides a barrier between the nocturnal critters, and gives a place torest at night.


Small tents
- "Bivouac" structures (one person)
- Free-standing or attached to the ground (small)
Carried for long distances (bicycle, boat, or person's back (backpackers))
Working field conditions

Large, heavy tents
- "Circus" structures (large groups)
- Anchored guy ropes tied to stakes or tent pegs (large)
Carried in car or other vehicle


Give tents the care it needs to stay clean and sturdy

Treat like a outdoors home
- no-shoes policy; keep boots’ tread out of the tent.
Act on fabric tears and stains
- When the walls and roof sustain a little damage or stains and rips occur on a tent’s outer layers, clean off any stains and sew up any tears as soon as possible. Avoid buildup of problems that lead to tent destruction.
Tent waterproofing
- Reapply waterproofing spray after sustaining a several rains; avoid any leaky tent situations.
Store in a safe place
- Damage in storage can ruin a packed tent. Place in a dry clean indoor closet or storage area when it’s not in use.
Tent maintenance kit
- When problem arises with a tent at camp, have means of fixing it. Packing a small kit (needle, thread, washcloth, and cleaning solution).

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