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Tentiquettes - How to be the Perfect Tent Mate?

Published On 01 Mar 2020 by Oshank Soni

Manners maketh a man. And well, when you live under one roof, there are some little things that one must keep in mind so as to not cause any inconveniences to oneself or the others around.

So here's a written list of some unwritten rules, that you should follow, so that you wouldn't end up on the 'undesirable-tentmate-of-the-year' list.

The most important rule.

You can't run across a camping site. You can only *ran* across one. Why?

Because it's past tents!

The pun was absolutely in-tent-ed.

Just kidding. This ain't a rule.

1) Leave the load out.

Keep your heavy bag pack and soiled shoes outside, in the porch of the tent. The porch is a little space outside the sleeping area but inside the tent. This way you and your mates will have more room for yourselves in the tent. Plus your well-worn shoes wouldn't end up messing your tent.

2) Remain uncluttered.

Whenever you need, you can definitely take your bag in, from the porch and unpack it. But don't end up emptying out your entire bag. Keep the unpacking-packing process precise. Plan in a way that you don't have to do it multiple times either. This way you'll be able to devote more time to enjoying rather than organizing.

3) Sweat ain't Sweet.

Hard work=sweat, yeah even among the cold mountains. So make sure that the aroma of your socks doesn't end up killing your tent mate. Change them if necessary. You might not get to take bath for a couple of days in a row, but well an amazing deodorant will definitely work in your favor.

4) No Sharp Objects.

Leave your trekking poles outside the tent. Or as a matter of fact, any pointy, sharp thing that could potentially impale your tent or poke your tent-mate. God forbid, if that happens, the hole business would be very messy to deal with.

5) Zip it tight.

No, not talking about your pants. Keep the tents zipped, whether you are in or out, doesn't matter. This will prevent your tent from taking a flight to freedom. And also it will keep all living, non-living things out of your tent. And obviously living things don't definitely include your tent mate.

6) Cleanliness is next to Godliness.

The last, but technically the most important rule. Keep your tents spick and span. It's your home in the mountains, after all. In case you spill or soil it, tidy up the mess yourself. You are your own help when on a trek.  And once you have un-pitched your tent. Clean up the site too. If you want the nature to woo you, you gotta woo her back

That's all folks.

Hopefully, these tentiquettes will help even out your trek along the tremendous uneven terrains!

Happy hiking!

  1. Oshank Soni : Co-Founder at Trekmunk. Has travelled to 28 Indian States, has led more than 50 high altitude treks in the Indian Himalayas. He is an Investment Banker by profession but a traveller by passion. He has led treks in Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim and Nepal. He is a NOLS certified First Aid Responder. Chasing the sun is his full-time job, a Storyteller, Travel photographer and Videographer at Insane Traveller Productions.

Ketaki Karandikar
2020-11-22 18:41:06.0

Hi there, "Cool" is the only word to describe your article. Light, crisp and informative.

Pintu Ram Acherjee
2021-05-14 15:24:10.0

Hi Oshank Soni Really we should be perfect tent mate. Your article is helpful. Thanks Pintu

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