Besides the boots, your best friends on the mountain will prove to be a lightweight backpack and a clean and well-maintained tent. So, we offer you some tips for preparing the backpack, for preventing weight gain and for cleaning the tent, if the previous trip left with rain, mud or various items that have nothing to do with/in a tent.
Not carrying unnecessary things.
When packing your clothes, it is advisable to consider what you will wear daily, throughout the entire stay and it is advisable to add only one row of spare clothing. Remember to take a warm sleeping bag and also choose the right backpack for the time you will spend in the mountains.
Choose one dish at each meal.
Food packaging is also very important. One-way meals will help you have a lightweight backpack. Dehydrated food is recommended due to its ease of use and the fact that it can be prepared quickly. It is also very nourishing.
Do not carry various equipment when camping in an unknown area.
If you have been thinking of camping in a new area, it would be advisable to opt-out activities that involve additional equipment. Also, choose a tent according to your needs, making sure it is neither too big nor too small.
Removal of the remains
Even with the utmost caution, various natural elements will "attach" to your tent, whatever you do. These include leaves, conifers, cones, dust, etc. Before cleaning the tent, it is necessary to make sure that you have removed all the remains.
Rinse with clean water
The most effective is that when you return from an outdoor getaway, clean the tent with a soft damp cloth or even a finer brush. This way, you will be able to keep it in the best possible condition.
Washing the tent in the tub
If your tent is small enough that it fits smoothly into a tub, it can be soaked, then washed. However, you mustn't use laundry detergent in any form. Instead, choose detergent-free products sold in high-profile stores, to protect your tent and to enjoy it for as long as possible.
After you have thoroughly washed the tent, it is important to make sure that you completely remove the solution used for its washing. Sometimes, the tents contain the water in which you dissolved the solution, so a thorough rinse is recommended. After you rinse it with plenty of water, shake it with the most energetic movements.
After you have thoroughly cleaned and washed your tent, it is best to place it in the cellar or in the garden, if you have such locations. A tent may require a longer period of time until it is completely dry, so do not rush in any way to pack it, if it is not completely dry. What happens otherwise? Well, if you pack it as it is still wet, it will fill the mold.
It is not advisable to dry the tent, or any other accessories and equipment. Choosing a place where they are protected from direct sunlight, these radiations may damage the material in certain situations.
A dirty and unattended tent will deteriorate very quickly and will turn into an environment conducive to mold development, which will lead to deterioration of fabric and new investments for the purchase of a new tent.
We hope these tips will help you, so that you can enjoy, without problems, a "fresh" and clean tent when you go hiking and at the same time, a light backpack.