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Some of the most futuristic tents available were actually born of necessity. The needs of the armed forces and rescue workers prompt designers to create ever-more complex tents. Some of these are jumped on by the consumer market and prove wildly popular. Here are six futuristic tents that will leave you hankering for more. 

#1. JakPak Jacket

This breathtakingly original take on the humble tent combines a jacket, sleeping bag and tent in one. Available from jakpak.com, this tent resembles a sturdy, waterproof jacket. Clever use of zips and fold out panels means that the jacket can turn into a sleeping bag in a few moments. The hood can be raised up to form a tent. This is perfect for campers, hikers or anyone looking for easy portability. 

#2. Outsunny Portable Popup Tent

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Available from Amazon, this tent offers a highly comfortable cot with a tent top, perfect for one person. This is highly appealing for campers who don’t like sleeping on the ground. This cot has fold-up legs that raise the sleeper well away from insects and moisture. 

#3. Tentsile Stingray Tent

If you want a futuristic tent, it doesn’t get better than this. The Tentsile Stingray Tent is available from tentsile.com and resembles a UFO. It is designed to be suspended between trees with heavy-duty rope and accessed via a rope ladder. When suspended, this tent has the appearance of a ghostly floating object, particularly at night if the tent’s occupants have lights on inside. Campers love how secure and private this tent makes them feel. 

#4. The i-gloobox

This tent was invented by Bulgarian designer Georgi Djonarski as a way to help homeless people stay warm. Its name come its appearance as it looks like a grey igloo with pockets made out of waterproof fabric. Helpfully, the tent folds up so that it can be wheeled around. Looking like something out of a science fiction movie, this pod-like tent is one of the most futuristic-looking tents you’ll ever see. 

#5. Moby-1 XTR Expedition Trailer

For campers with cash to splash, this trailer tent must be towed behind a vehicle to the destination. It resembles a teardrop shape when it is unfurled from the back of the trailer. Although the camper trailer looks very retro, this tent actually features solar panels, making it one of the most futuristic trailers on our list. 

#6. UN Relief Tent

Designed with cooperation from the UN, this tent houses up to forty people and is obviously designed for disaster relieve efforts. While the tent does not look futuristic on the outside, the materials used and the assembly requirements make it one of the most forward thinking tents on our list. Unlike other tent designs, this tent requires minimal effort and its design eliminates the need for tools. The use of CPAI-84 rated PVC fabric makes this the most water-resistant tent on this list besides being fire retardant and UV resistant.

Conclusion

Any of these six tents will leave you hankering for more. What’s the most futuristic tent you’ve ever seen? Leave us a comment below!

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If you are the proud owner of a beautiful dog or adorable cat and you haven’t bought them their own tent yet, they are missing out. Pet tents are the ultimate in relaxation for tired pets and allow any owner to go camping with their pet. Of course, you wouldn’t expect your pet to sleep in a tent regularly but pet tents can be just the thing for de-stressing pets, especially when camping, travelling or out and about. The idea behind pet tents is to give a small animal a portable chill out space, especially on camping trips. Pets warmly welcome the opportunity to take a rest, seek respite from the cold or simply have a nap. Here are six awesome tents available to buy right now. 

#1. Petego Umbra Portable Dog Popup Tent

A video of this pet tent for dogs is available on YouTube so you can see for yourself just how cute this product is. According to TheDogOutdoors.com, this tent can be transported everywhere the dog goes. The Petego Umbra tent looks like a large umbrella and folds up into a small duffle bag for great portability. The tent has durable, claw-proof and waterproof material, perfect for little paws. This tent is known as the UPet and is widely available from leading retailers. 

#2. Kyjen Outward Hound Shade Shelter

This tent is a great way to accommodate large dogs while camping. Like the Petego Umbra tent, this shelter is extremely compact when folded up and is stowed in its own duffle bag. It is just as easy to transport as the rest of your camping gear. This dog shade shelter is 3-feet in height and four-feet square at the base making it large enough to accommodate most dogs. It comes with zipper enclosures and mesh sides, helping your dog to stay cool at any time of the year. 

#3. Shady Dog Shade Screen

This isn’t a tent but is made from tent-like material. You can string it up between trees or posts to provide shade for your dog. Large dogs will appreciate this shade as the other tents in this list may make them feel claustrophobic. Most people will buy this screen to fix permanently over a dog kennel to offer respite from the sun and rain. However, this shade is perfect for camping and most dogs will happily sleep underneath this large screen. 

#4. Pet Gear Octagon Pet Pen

The Octagon pet pen is by far the most unusual item on this list. As the name suggests, it is octagonal and makes a great place for pets to nap or sleep in. This pen has vented sides and the top can be covered or uncovered. This pen gives any dog plenty of ventilation and will also offer protection from the elements when required. Small pets up to 30 pounds will love this. 

#5. Portable Dog Kennel

The dog tents mentioned on this lists are all strong and durable but are only intended for occasional use. If you plan to go camping for over a month or have multiple pet dogs to accommodation, you may need a durable protective enclosure instead. Enclosures are easy to assemble and made from galvanized steel frames for the ultimate in durability. They have wire mesh walls and a rip stop fabric roof that will give protection against the hottest sun and the heaviest rain and hailstorms. If you are serious about camping and have several dogs, this is the tent you’ll need. 

Conclusion

As we’ve seen, it is important to match the tent with the size of the dog and the duration of the trip. It is also important to consider the dog’s sleeping preferences. Dogs that sleep at home would prefer a Petego enclosure-style tent while dogs used to sleeping out in the yard could probably make do with the Shady Dog Shade Screen. What do you think of our list? What’s your favorite dog tent? Leave us a comment below!

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If you are looking for romantic places to get down on bended knee and pop the question in Connecticut, we have seven ideas for you. Here are the seven most beautiful settings to make a proposal. Which one will you choose? 

#1. Bushnell Park

Located at 100 Wells St. in Hartford, CT, Bushnell Park will give you an epically beautiful backdrop to propose. This park offers stunning arches that will make you think you are in a fairytale and features a Coining Fountain where you can make a wish that your dreams will come true. If you want stunning scenery to mark the event, it doesn’t get better than Bushnell park. 

#2. West Hartford Center

There are plenty of beautiful, romantic places in the center of West Hartford, perfect for popping the question. Max Oyster bar just off South Main Street would make the perfect venue for a celebratory meal. Blue Back Square offers a romantic and memorable setting for any star-crossed lover looking to propose.  

#3. Polytechnic ON20

Located on One State St., Hartford CT, Polytechnic ON20 is among the most romantic and beautiful places to propose in all of Connecticut. Hartford’s Steam Boiler building gives the perfect location for any couple to gaze out across the city skyline. The panoramic views are unbeatable and will provide a memorable location in which to propose.

#4. Yale University Art Gallery

Being surrounded by fine art is sure to get the romantic juices flowing and the finest art exhibitions in Connecticut are found in Yale University Art Gallery located in New Haven on Chapel Street. Current exhibitions include ‘Jazz Lives: The Photographs of Lee Friedlander and Milt Hinton’ and ‘Byobu: The Grandeur of Japanese Screens’. The depth and breadth of artwork on display is sure to provide any couple with a beautiful romantic setting in which to pop the question. 

#5. White Pines Campsite

Campgrounds are located in thirteen of Connecticut's State Parks and Forests. White Pines Campsite offers some of the most romantic and beautiful scenery Connecticut has to offer. White Pines offers spectacular trails and scenery guaranteed to take your breath away. Off-site, you can take a stroll and find almost untouched areas of outstanding natural beauty just off the beaten trail. This is some of the most incredible scenery to be found in all of Connecticut. Whether you want to take a pop up tent or pitch a party tent to celebrate the occasion, the choice is yours!

Conclusion

From art galleries to campsites, this list is truly eclectic to cater for the wide range of locations that couples find to be romantic or beautiful. If you are planning to pop the question in CT, hopefully this list has given you a taste of what’s on offer. If you have already made your proposal, let us know where you chose. What do you think of our list? What worked for you? Leave us a comment below. You never know whom you might help!

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If you’re Jewish, you’ll know that in the Jewish tradition, wedding ceremonies take place under a canopy called a Chuppah. Being Jewish is no barrier to embracing the hippie lifestyle and many couples would love to combine the two ideas. Is it possible to create a canopy that embraces both your Jewish and hippie persuasions? You bet! Here are five Chuppah wedding canopy ideas that will take your wedding to the next level. 

#1. Choose Old-World Fabric

The secret to creating a hippie Chuppah that your guests will love is to invest in the exterior fabric. You’ll need plenty of old-fashioned rugs, blankets and mats to lay over the canopy to create a traditional hippie look. While woven textiles look brilliant, they aren’t waterproof and may not keep your guests cool and comfortable in the same way that modern fabrics can. Therefore, consider laying the fabric over a modern canopy to create a strong, functional Chuppah that will look great on your big day. 

#2. Maximize Your Drapery

Once you have chosen some beautiful hand-woven fabrics worthy of a hippie queen, your next job is to turn your attention to the drapery that lines the interior of your tent. Hippie-inspired Chuppahs should feature floor to ceiling drapes. Whether you want traditional pastel colors such as blues, reds and greens or some finery such as yellow and gold, you’ll want to go overboard on the drapery to create that perfect hippie look. Simply rent or buy a party tent to provide protection for your guests and attach sheets or strips of cloth to the metal frame in the roof. Tie these drapes to the sides and let them hang down to create a beautiful draped interior. 

#3. Test Different Color Schemes

Once you have found some fantastic fabrics to line the exterior and interior of your Chuppah, you should put some thought into the color scheme you want. Part of the beauty of hippie-themed Chuppahs is that nothing properly matches anything else. However, most people choose one main color scheme for the interior such as gold, or pink or red. You may want to tie your choice of color scheme in with the wedding dress of clothes you plan to wear. 

#4. Make It Comfortable

Many people use fairy lights to brighten the interior of their Chuppah. These are attached in the same way as the drapes and left to hang down the sides of the Chuppah. Large, comfortable cushions in colors that match the overall color scheme are the best way to make the interior of the Chuppah comfortable for guests. 

#5. Rent A Sturdy Shelter 

As you may have gathered, the tent you use for a hippie-themed Chuppah needs to be tough. Unlike a standard party tent that simply has to shelter guests from wind and rain, a tent used for a hippie-themed wedding has to support the weight of multiple cloths draped over the outside and lots of drapery attached to the interior side of the frame. Look to buy or rent party tents made from tough galvanized steel with thick rip stop external fabric. These will support the weight of the cloths, drapery and lights while also protecting your guests from the wind and rain. 

Conclusion

These five Chuppah wedding canopy ideas should help any wannabe hippie create the perfect look on their big day. What do you plan to do on your wedding day? Let us know your plans in the comments below!

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You don’t have to love camping to enjoy a rock-n-roll tent birthday party. Call up your buddies and have everyone bring their favorite food, drinks and tents. Whether you head to a campsite or camp out in your own backyard, no party will be complete without awesome tents. If you are throwing a camping party or have been invited to one, here are six of the coolest tents you could take. 

#1. The Tipi Tent

The Tipitent® available from tipitent.com is one of the best tents to take for a rock-n-roll birthday party. As the name suggests, it is based on the tipi tents used by the tribes of the Great Plains. Whereas the original tipi tents were made from wooden poles covered with animal skins, the Tipitent® is made from galvanized steel and covered with durable rip stop fabric. This is an awesome tent to take to a birthday party as you can actually have a cooking fire or woodstove inside, according the manufacturer. In other words, the tent is designed to function just as the original tipi so that smoke is drawn up through an opening in the top. 

#2. The Lodge Tent

If a tipi isn’t cool enough for you, try a Lodge tent from Guide Gear. This sleeps up to six people and resembles the classic lodge style from a hundred years ago. With a time tested design comes the pleasure in knowing that the tent will stand up to the harshest environments. Although this tent looks retro, it sports a strong polyester water-resistant shell to keep you warm and dry even during the strongest downpour.

#3. The i-gloobox

This tent lives up to its name and is possibly one of the most unusual tents you could take to a rock-n-roll birthday party. Guaranteed to turn heads, this tent actually resembles an igloo except instead of being made from ice, it has large grey panels. It was designed by Georgi Djonarski as a solution for homeless people but wouldn’t look out of place at even the chicest birthday party. Brilliantly, this tent even folds up. You can arrive looking cool instead of lumbering under heavy tent bags. If you are going ‘glamping’ – glamorous camping – this is the only tent you’ll need. 

#4. The VW Camper Van Tent

It doesn’t get much more rock-n-roll than turning up in a tent that resembles a classic VW camper van. Firebox sell a tent that resembles a retro camper van and provides a way to stay warm and dry while looking cool. The tent is constructed and pitched in the normal way but there is nothing normal about the exterior. It fully resembles a van and is sure to put you at the center of everyone’s attention. 

#5. American Flag Tent

Urbanoutfitters sell a cool looking storm tent printed to look like the American flag. You can’t get much more rock-n-roll than that!

#6. Party Tent

No party would be complete without at least one party tent. These protect your guests from the sun and rain and keep them comfortable. Party tents are essential to provide everyone with a meeting place where you can serve food, play music or just hang out. 

Conclusion

Having a camping party is a cool idea. Everyone can barbecue their own food, enjoy great music and relax with their favorite drinks. Have you tried any of the tents in this list? What’s your favorite? Leave us a comment or question below!

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Water and the contaminants contained in water can play havoc with your car’s running condition. Cars inevitable get wet in the rain but the more you can protect your car from the elements, the longer it will last. Here are five tips to keep your vehicle running without a glitch. 

#1. Protect The Paintwork

The colored paint of any car is already protected against water and contaminants with coats of clear paint know as the clear coat. Unfortunately, water contains impurities that can degrade this clear coat over time, especially when the paint becomes scratched. One option is to have clear film known as paint protection film (PPF) installed when the car is new. According to one leading supplier of paint protection film in Scottsdale, high quality PPFs will leave the original factory coat of paint in pristine protection and help the car hold its resale value. PPF will protect the paintwork from scratches and water damage and can be quickly removed if required when you come to sell your car.

#2. Apply Sealant

The chassis and bodywork of any car will quickly degrade if the owner goes too long between washes. Acid rain and salt water are of particular concern for those who live in coastal areas as salt will promote corrosion on the car if left untouched. One way to guard against this is to apply sealant after washing. Sealant such as Meguiar’s #21 Synthetic Sealant is often referred to as car wax or car polish. In fact, it contains no natural wax and protects car paintwork from water damage with synthetic ingredients. Sealant is rubbed onto clean paintwork, left to dry and then buffed off with a microfiber cloth. This protective coat lasts up to six months. 

#3. Regularly Clean The Underside Of The Car

Periodical washing of your car's undercarriage is also a good way to protect your car from corrosion caused by water. Visit your local car wash on a monthly basis and spray the underside of your car and inside the wheel wells too. This helps blast away salt and mineral deposits before they cause rust and corrosion. 

#4. Keep The Car Garaged

Garaged cars last much longer than those left outside. Water can seep between bodywork panels and components where it takes longer to evaporate. This accelerates the rate of corrosion. This problem is magnified during winter where ice and snow melts, seeps between parts and then re-freezes. In doing so, it expands and causes damage to parts of the car. Keeping a car garaged will minimize the rate at which corrosion occurs. In fact, carports and garage kits are potentially better than actual garages as they allow airflow underneath the cover. This means that the car dries out faster if parked when wet, thus minimizing the rate of corrosion. 

#5. Use A Cover

Where you can’t park in a garage or under cover, consider using a UV-resistant, waterproof car cover. Most dealerships and hardware stores sell these covers. They aren’t everyday solutions but will provide some protection against fierce storms or hailstorms, especially when on vacation. 

Conclusion

These five tips can help anyone ‘waterproof’ their car and at least slow down the rate at which the car’s bodywork, chassis and components are degraded by water damage. What do you think of our tips? What did we miss? Leave us a question or comments below!

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Whether you are just getting into growing your own vegetables or looking to take your growing to the next level, it can be helpful to review your equipment and the methods you are using. Here are seven helpful tips for improving your growing. 

Tip #1. Take Only What You Need

Amateur growers frequently become dissatisfied with their rate of progress. For those growing vegetables, one tip is to take only what you need. When growing cucumbers, for example, why take a whole cucumber when you only need half? It is possible to simply cut off what you need and use cling film to wrap the remaining portion without removing it from the plant. Vegetables will actually stay a lot fresher for longer if you do this. 

Tip #2. Use Bubble Wrap To Reduce Heating Costs

It may be the middle of summer but the cold winter months will swing round sooner that you think. You may not want to spend a fortune heating your greenhouse but nothing will stiffle your growing endeavors like cold. There is something you can do right now to keep the temperature a bit higher and that is use bubble wrap. This is great for insulating glass panes in greenhouses. 

Tip #3. Insulate Containers During Fall

Before winter really starts to bite, use bubble wrap to insulate potted plants in your greenhouse. Wrap is great for putting around tubs and containers if you aren’t sure whether they will offer sufficient protection for your plants during winter. If in doubt, be on the safe side and bubble wrap containers, especially terra cotta pots. 

Tip #4. Avoid Stocking Up At Your Local Garden Center

Heading out to a garden center for supplies may be your favourite trip of the week but it is not that kind on your wallet. Your local office supply store is a great source of dirt-cheap bubble wrap whereas garden centers will find some way to charge top dollar for fancy versions of essentially the same thing. 

Tip #5. Hang Up Bananas To Ripen Your Tomatoes

Nothing ripens slower than tomatoes and this can be incredibly frustrating for greenhouse amateurs. Bananas hasten the process by releasing ethylene. This gas helps tomatoes ripen sooner. Hanging up bananas among your tomatoes is a great tip.  

Tip #6. Ask An Expert For Their Opinion Of Your Greenhouse Position

If you are struggling with your growing, your greenhouse could benefit from being moved into a better position. Greenhouses benefit from at least three hours of direct sunlight per day but longer than this may cause temperatures to rise and damage plants if ventilation is inadequate. An expert will be able to advise you whether your greenhouse is well positioned. 

Tip #7. Consider A Poly Film Hobby Greenhouse Kit

If you have an old or damaged greenhouse, cleaning or repairing it may not be cost-effective. Poly film portable buildings such as green house kits are perfect for amateur growers. You can experiment with positioning and be assured that your greenhouse has good ventilation and heat retention. 

Conclusion

These seven tips should help any amateur greenhouse enthusiast improve their growing. What do you think of our tips? Leave us a question or comment below!

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Carports are indisputably cost-effective when compared with the expense of constructing a garage, but are they really viable alternatives? If you need somewhere to house your car, here are five reasons to consider carports. 

#1. Carports Do Not Require Planning Permission

There are many different types of carports but all of them have one important advantage over garages: no planning permission is required to construct a carport. This alone makes them viable alternatives to garages, particularly for homeowners who do not want the hassle or expense of applying for a building permit. Many homeowners cannot get permission for constructing a garage on their property. 

#2. Carports Offer Protection From The Sun

Carports may not offer the same level of security as wood, metal, brick or concrete garages but they can protect cars from the sun. A car parked under a carport will be protected from sun-related damage. It is actually a myth that ultra violet rays in sunlight deteriorate car paint – all cars have clear coats of paint that provide UV protection. However, direct sunlight will dry out any exterior rubber such as tires, wiper blades and door seals. The rubber on cars left parked outside will deteriorate, crack and need replacing sooner than cars left garaged or under a carport. In terms of sun protection, carports offer a viable alternative to garages. 

#3. Carports Will Protect Cars From Hail Damage

High quality carports typically comprise a galvanized steel frame covered with rip-stop fabric at least 24mm thick. Although carports are movable, they are durable enough to withstand even the toughest hailstorm. Even baseball-sized hailstones will not damage carport fabric. Therefore, carports offer comparable protection to garages in terms of protecting cars from hail damage. A key factor is the type of carport. Structures with roll-down side panels will offer protection from hailstones blown inwards at the sides. 

#4. Carports Offer Protection Against Snow

Snow fall can have a devastating impact on cars. Snow will melt into gaps around the vehicle’s bodywork and then expand as it re-freezes causing parts and components to be forced apart. Add to this the damage that some drivers do when the try to scrape snow and ice off their windscreen and bodywork causing scratches. Carports offer protection against snow loads comparable to that offered by garages. Quality carports come standard with cover ratchet straps. These straps are used to keep the cover drum-tight on the carport frame. Straps will not stretch as some ropes can. This gives carports the ability to withstand snow loads and protect cars. 

#5. Carports Have Comparable Maintenance Requirements To Garages

Although carports cost a fraction of the amount that a garage will cost to construct, they will not last as long. Unlike a brick or concrete garage that may last for 50 years, carports will typically be guaranteed for two years and expected to last around ten years. After this time, a quality galvanized metal frame in a quality carport will be reusable and typically, just the exterior material and straps will require replacement. As carports are cheaper to build, maintenance free and cheap to renovate with new covers, they are viable alternatives to brick, metal, concrete or wooden garages once maintenance costs are taken into consideration. 

Conclusion

Whether you are looking for a semi-permanent carport or an instant garage, these five reasons show why carports could be considered viable alternatives to garages. What do you think of our ideas? What’s been your experience with carports? Leave us a question of comment below!

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