||Camping Tent Accessories
|Once you have your tent, there are a number
of tent accessories available to make it
more comfortable and long lasting. Consider
getting the following items:|
- Footprint: This is a pad or tarp that goes
between the tent floor and the ground for
protection from rocks and other hard, sharp
objects plus adds another layer of protection
from dampness. Be sure that the footprint
is not too big or it will collect water that
could enter the tent during wet weather.
- Repair kit: These come in all sizes and for
a variety of repair jobs. At the least, get
one that contains repair tape to patch any
rips or holes in the tent. Itís not much
fun to camp in tent with a hole that lets
in bugs and rain.
- Gear storage lofts or pockets: These store
gear off the floor so you wonít trip over
them all the time while giving you more usable
floor space. They usually are made of mesh
and clip to the inner tent supports. Even
if your tent has pockets already, additional
ones are beneficial.
- Extra tent pegs: Your tent may be unstable
or may not stay up at all because of a lost
or broken tent peg. Having spares is a must.
It is also helpful to have a set of pegs
designed specially for soft ground and another
set for hard ground. If you enjoy the whimsical,
there are tent pegs shaped like animals and
trees (available on line) to decorate your
- Coffee slings: For those who enjoy their
coffee in the tent and donít want a wet floor
from a tipped over coffee cup, there are
roof suspended slings to hold the coffee
cup up off the floor.
- Clip-on vestibule: These are floor-less additions
that add sheltered space outside the tent
to store bikes and other items you donít
want in the tent.
Finally, consider getting a tent light in
case you decide to stay up a bit after the
setting sun. These specifically designed
lanterns can be used in a tent for general
lighting, reading, or as a nightlight.