Camping is a recreational activity that calls for being away from home surrounded by nature and skies. To make camping trips fun and hassle-free, the use of a shower tent has become increasingly popular. It allows you to wash off the dirt and grime of a day’s trek comfortably and use the latrine in privacy.
As fun and easy things have been made, your camping trip can still turn into a disaster within seconds if nature decides to deal with a hand as rain. The pressure a thunderstorm yields can overturn tents; the thunder can cause a fire and the velocity of a flash flood can destroy anything in its way.
To prevent being flooded away especially in your shower tent, keep the following factors in mind.
Pick the right location for the shower tent
While camping, the terrain plays the biggest role. A good terrain not just ensures a good view and access to nature’s bounties, but also helps prevent you from standing in the way of a natural disaster.
When looking for the perfect location look for the following:
· Flat ground so the campsite is on one level and water does not pool
· Top of the slope, never at the base
· Away from rivers or lakes with low water beds so you are not met with flash floods
Trees are not your best friend while camping!
When looking for a campsite, look for an area that has shade but still is away from trees. This is because trees invite in more flood water and your shower tent might float away while you are in it.
In case you are met with a flood, the following can help you out:
Use proper techniques and equipment
A good quality tent is waterproof and has a windshield. A shower tent with a drain capture floor is optimal because it allows the shower water to immediately evacuate without pooling. It also helps drain incoming rainwater to prevent flooding.
A shower tent with a floor is also important because it gives sturdiness to the tent, thus helping it stay put if flooding occurs.
Using a tarp
When using a tent, it is imperative to use a tarp, regardless of a clear weather forecast, since it also makes the tent steady against the wind. Place the tarp in a slanted fashion and pair it with a water repellant for maximum protection.
Using a groundsheet
Always use a groundsheet, even if the weather does not call for it. It will not only help cushion the jagged edges of a shower tent with a drain capture floor, but it will also make it waterproof. During a flood, water will not seep in through the floor.
If you keep these things in mind you should be able to avoid damage to your portable shower during a natural disaster. Also, keep in mind to park close to the nearest forest station and to carry a charged satellite phone in case of an emergency.