The weather in the U.S. is expected to continue to be hot and humid, and people are worried that mold will grow on tents and other sleeping bags.
Some people worry about mildew growing on tents, but the EPA warns against putting tents in an environment that is particularly prone to mold, especially in warm climates.
“It is not recommended to place a tent in an area with very high humidity and heat exposure,” the EPA states on its website.
But if you’re concerned about mold, there are some options to keep it out of your tent.
The EPA also suggests washing tent materials daily, and taking regular breaks when it’s cold outside.
Also, don’t let it get warm.
And, as always, remember to wash your tent thoroughly after each use.
In the meantime, here are a few suggestions for how to keep your tent dry in the summer and cooler in the winter.
First and foremost, wash your camping gear.
Washing a tent or other gear is one of the easiest ways to keep them free of mold, and the EPA advises washing your camping and sleeping gear after each camping trip.
If you’re not sure how to wash a tent, check out the EPA’s camping guide and find the right amount of soap.
Next, try not to let mold grow on sleeping bags and tents.
There’s no way to prevent mildew from growing on sleeping mats, but it’s always wise to wash them after each trip.
“Washing your sleeping mats or sleeping bags is one way to help keep them from mold,” the agency says.
“If you leave them in the hot sun for long periods of time, you could cause mold to develop on the material.”
Also, try to wear loose fitting clothing during the warmer months and use disposable or light-weight clothing when cold weather begins to set in,” the guide advises.
Finally, try drying your tents and sleeping bags in the shade.
Sun protection is key to keeping your tent or sleeping bag dry, and many companies offer UV-resistant fabrics that are easier to find.
You can find more information on how to protect your tent and sleeping bag by visiting the EPA site.