Stay Dry in Your Tent
The first rule to keeping your gear dry is buy the niceest tent you can afford. After that the object is to remove yourself as far from the ground as possible. Don’t rely on the tent bottom for this. You want to have a water impermeable tarp down first. This will also save on wear and tear to your tent bottom.
If you are buying, most manufactures sell tarps that fit your tent footprint. PahaQue offers custom sized footprints that provide an extra layer of moisture protection and protect your tents floor fabric from excessive wear and tear. Aftermarket options are polyethylene, (available at most hardware stores) or a vinyl tarp. The tarp should never extend past the edge of the tent. If it does, it will collect water sheeting off the tent and be WORSE than nothing!
The next most important item in the tent is an air mattress. If you are planning on doing any amount of camping and/or backpack camping, I can’t suggest enough a Thermo rest type insulated air mattress. These units have foam inside an airtight nylon cover. Even though they are only about 1” think, they really insulate well. The small volume of air in them makes the easy to blow up without an air pump.
Another very helpful item is a tent rug. PahaQue will be offering custom sized tent rugs, with a soft fabric top, and a plastic, water-proof layer on the bottom. Tent rugs help insulate against ground dampness and coldness, and make cleaning dirt, leaves, and other debris out of your tent a breeze – simply shake it off and you have a clean tent!
Last, but certainly not least, choose your tent location carefully. Avoid low spots where water can puddle during a storm, and avoid areas near slopes where water can run downhill and into or through your camp. A level, slightly elevated spot is ideal for pitching your tent and keeping dry.