Welcome Spring With an Outdoor Event

 

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Spring time is fast approaching. That means it is time for the winter weather to find its way out of town and for the warmer festivities to commence! This time of year is almost symbolic of renewal, as the outdoors seem to breathe out a new sense of life. It is colorful and embracing. If you find yourself stuck in the house doing your “spring cleaning,” why not gather all your friends, family, and an event structure to join nature and welcome Spring? Think about it — a party sounds like more fun!

An event structure makes the perfect space

Unfortunately, as much as you are ready to enjoy the warmer air outdoors, “April showers bring May flowers”which can make outside activities a bit wet. Don’t let that stop you from celebrating! It is easy to keep things moving with a event structure.

Event structures can offer you the best space to hold your spring time celebration. Depending on the size of your space at the park or even your backyard, these tents can be customized to meet your exact specifications. In fact, you can specify the size, the layout, the flooring, sidewalls, etc.

Climate control for these buildings is also an option. They are a surefire way to have all your guests over to enjoy the fresh air, while also being safe from any lingering not-so-friendly weather elements.

Spring time party ideas

Having a Spring time party isn’t necessarily the most common thing to do so you may need a few ideas to get you started. Here are a few themes and ideas to get your guests out of the house and into your backyard:

  • The idea is to be outside after spending a winter cooped up inside. Make sure to plan your party for the daytime so everyone can enjoy the outdoors and, of course, the sunshine.
  • Make it a brunch! It’s the start of a new day – the morning is crisp and bright, and brunch doesn’t mean your guests must get up too
  • Since Spring is all about flowers, why not have a garden party? You can still use your tent or event structure and no, you don’t need to have an actual garden. Instead, create your space to meet your party. It’s all about effect.
  • Have a floral arrangement party. Hire an expert to come and give a tutorial to you and your guests on how to create a beautiful floral arrangement. This is a time to come together to socialize, learn a new skill, and get something special to take home.
  • Go tropical and have a luau. You can even request that your guests come dressed in theme! Fire up the grill and get your limbo stick ready. Oh, and don’t forget the grass skirts!

There are many things that you can do to ring in Spring. It doesn’t have to be formal or extravagant – it just has to be fun and relaxing! So, keep your eye on that when planning.

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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Spring? Flowers, of course! After all, isn’t that what Spring is all about? All the flowers and trees and plants come back to life, showing off their bright colored hues of reds, pinks, purples, yellows, oranges, etc. Why not choose to decorate based on this refreshing burst?

Use bright dishes, silverware, and table cloths. Line your perimeter with bright flowers, such as the Tulip, Daffodil, Pansy, Hyacinth, Sweet Pea, Lilac, Peony, or Amaryllis. You may even want to hang some of these plants from the ceiling — to lift the color up against the white ceiling.

Make sure you create centerpieces, as well, for your tables. Depending on your theme, combining flowers with simple craft projects can leave your guests in awe. For example, adding food coloring to a clear vase and inserting a couple white Daffodils. Mix up the food coloring to keep the area colorful! Simple and fun.

Planning the menu

You have got to make some good food. You have invited your guests to take part in your Spring fling, they are going to want some goodies, too. Here are a few ideas to get you going in the kitchen:

  • Grill out! Make it an informal dining experience by firing up the grill and cooking the food while your guests are arriving. Let’s face it – the smell of food on the grill gets everyone in the outdoor party mode. Have sides prepared in advance and keep them simple – salads, chips, fruit, etc. Choosing to go this route gives you more time to focus on your guests.
  • Combine breakfast and lunch and have brunch! Serve both breakfast foods and small lunch items. You can even get nifty and create an omelet station.
  • Keep the food light as it is day time get together, not a heavy seven-course sit-down dinner.
  • Allow your guests the chance to serve themselves buffet-style can also create a more informal setting.
  • Offer a set selection of beverages to choose from, such as water, coffee, tea, lemonade, or juice. You can also create a light, signature, bright-colored adult beverage of the day.

Plan activities

Now that you have everyone together, what will you do? First, mingle. Spend time with the people you may not have seen for a while due to the cold, the holidays, etc. and chow down on some good food. If the rain holds off, you can always play some fun yard games. For example – cornhole, horseshoes, croquet, football, baseball, or even volleyball or Badminton! If games aren’t your thing, then put on some music and dance.

The whole idea is to come together and enjoy the freshness and the clean, crisp air. Breathe in the aromas and the colors of spring while surrounded by the people who make your life happy. Having a Spring get together should be fun, not tedious. If you include elements of the season and combine them with your outdoor setting and an event structure, your guests are in for a real treat.

Large Tent Rentals that will Survive Extreme Weather

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Extreme weather happens and there isn’t a thing you can do about it. Well, let’s just say you cannot stop it or change it, but you can adapt. For example, you can change your routine. If you know the weather is supposed to be extreme in the evening, you can make sure you complete what you need to do early so you are out of the rough weather when it hits. You can also decide to switch up your wardrobe to match the weather conditions – sweaters, raincoats, boots, shorts, umbrellas, etc. Or, of course, you can just stay indoors and avoid the weather altogether.

But, what can you do when that isn’t an option? You can find a tent that will survive extreme weather conditions and let you accomplish what you need to – despite Mother Nature’s plan!

Types of extreme weather

Weather conditions can vary, depending on location. However, each type can become extreme – wind, rain, snow, cold. Here are a few of the most extreme weather conditions that can put a damper on any outdoor events or jobs:

  • Hurricanes – From June through November, hurricanes are a real risk along the east coast of the U.S. Many people need to arrange outdoor activities to avoid any tropical disturbance.
  • Snowstorms – For those individuals in the north, snowstorms can wreak havoc on outdoor activities, including events and job sites. Whether one inch or one foot, some of the white stuff goes a long way.
  • Ice storms – These storms hurt communities all throughout the north. They take down power lines and make driving less than ideal – and downright dangerous!
  • Heavy rains – These rains can lead to flooding. They can come down by the inches within mere minutes and wash out any outdoor activity.
  • Winds – Winds can make the outdoors frustrating. Not only is it difficult to walk or ride a bike against the wind, it is also difficult to try to accomplish any projects when the wind is blowing out of control.
  • Tornadoes–These suckers are scary and can happen in an instant. Depending on the strength of them, there may be nothing you can do to prepare and avoid catastrophic damage.

All weather patterns can range from minor to extreme.

Who faces challenges by extreme weather?

When thinking of who deals with the trials and struggles relating to outdoor weather conditions, it will most definitely be those who must be outside during them. Or those who need to be outside to complete a project, but can’t due to the extreme weather. For example, construction companies, sports teams and athletes, contractors, farmers, etc.

Weather can even affect those who are throwing a party or having an event. It isn’t always possible to move an entire wedding party indoors when heavy rainstorms threaten. Therefore, they will face the challenge of having to potentially come face to face with extreme weather or scramble for shelter.

How large tent rentals can help

Many times, weather can make or break a project. It can disrupt a construction site with flooding waters, high winds, or a heavy snowfall. Not only does it slow the progress and push back the completion date, but it also can lead to an unhappy customer. For farmers, the weather can mean the difference between a high crop yield and sufficient payday or a loss of crop and income.

With that being said – how can large tent rentals help ward off the extreme weather?

  • A tent rental can allow construction workers and contractors to continue working despite the outdoor conditions.
  • It can allow companies to meet deadlines, rather than lose out on work.
  • Large tent rentals can save crops from potential devastating damage due to extremeweather conditions.

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Losberger tents offer a perfect solution for those who weather the outdoor elements day in and day out. These tents can solve so many problems that can halt a project or an event – without a lot of fuss. They are very easily erected, which means they can be moved around from site to site with ease.

The Losberger tents are large – offering protection for your entire crew and project. Or, if you are having an outdoor event that is getting slammed by unexpected weather conditions, there will be plenty of room to bring it inside.

Surprisingly, these tent rentals withhold hurricane force winds and are sturdy enough to hold fallen snow without collapsing. In addition, the climate control is ideal for keeping guests and workers warm (or cool) and allowing farmers to grow crops in the most ideal conditions.

Additional perks of a Losberger tent

Now you are aware of how you can manage to keep your productivity up, your guests or crew healthy and safe, and that, believe it or not, it is a tent that can make all of that happen. What else can a Losberger tent do? There are even more perks to check out:

  • It is important to know that Losberger tents require very little maintenance. Once they are erected, they are fully functional without any difficult maintenance or repairs – allowing you to solely focus on your event or project.
  • There are no poles. Who wants a wide-open space with poles in the way? Poles make it difficult to move machinery or erect large structures underneath without causing damage to the tent. Because these tents come sans poles, you will have less to worry about.
  • Tents can be customized to meet any size requirements – and they can be very large, to meet the needs of your project, crop or event.
  • Power is not a foreign concept when it comes to tents, either. With proper planning, temporary power can be delivered under the tent to make everything that you may need run smoothly.

When you face extreme weather, there are many things that you can do to protect your plans and keep moving forward. Be smart and prepared – don’t let the weather slow you down.

Planning an Outdoor Summer Wedding

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So, you have decided to have a summer wedding. Here is all you need to get started on piecing it together to make sure your special day is just that – special. From finding the perfect venue in a clear span tent to sending out the save-the-date invitations, read below to learn how to plan the perfect outdoor wedding.

Save-the-dates

Having a wedding during the summer means having to plan with and around the schedules of many. Since kids are out of school in the summer, most families plan vacations during that time. If you want to have a summer wedding and you want to make sure you have guests attend, you will want to make sure you send out save-the-date invitations to your guests.

Save-the-dates can be sent out six to eight months prior to the scheduled wedding date. This will provide ample time for your future guests to arrange their schedule so they will be able to see you tie the knot.

Don’t overlook this step in your preparation. You want a wedding – and you want guests to celebrate your day with you!

Use a clear span tent for the perfect outdoor venue

Okay, so you don’t have to have an outdoor wedding in the summer, but why wouldn’t you want to? Nature and the outdoors brings such a welcoming place for a celebration. Most people try to fill indoor venues with flowers – but, you can have your wedding outside amongst the flowers! Besides, having an outdoor wedding gives you ample amount of choices for location. You can rent a clear span tent and have it erected in a large backyard, an open field, a park, the beach – you name it!

Clear span tent rentals come in all shapes and sizes. You can customize your wedding tent to meet your exact needs, depending on the size of your wedding and the events you plan to partake in on your special day. For example, you are going to want to likely have seating, a food serving/prep area, dance floor and DJ location, etc.

Food for thought – best ideas for outdoor weddings

There is something about eating a heavy meal on a hot day and then feeling miserable – heavy food and outdoor heat do not mix. If you are holding your wedding outdoors during summertime, it is best to go for a light meal that will not weigh your guests down and spoil any potential fun. Here are a few ideas to consider when planning your menu:

  • Offer a mixture of light salads on a salad bar, such as crisp tossed salad, chicken salad, fruit salad, etc.
  • Go barbecue style. Have ribs, chicken, burgers, etc. on the grill, along with all the fixins’ – potato salad, coleslaw, or chips.
  • How about a cool down station? A sundae bar, popsicle stand, or a shaved ice cart.
  • Like seafood? How about serving crab, sushi, shrimp cocktail, or a crawfish boil?
  • How about serving finger foods or appetizers to keep it a light menu?

Food isn’t the only thing you want to keep light. Have you considered the beverages you will serve? Outdoor, summer weddings require staying hydrated. However, there are many light and refreshing beverages and cocktails that your guests will appreciate. Use this list to get you started:

  • Have a drink station of pre-made beverages – Fill dispensers with a ton of ice and then fill them up with things like lemonade, iced tea, sangria, fruit spritzers. To add a decorative flair, add fresh fruit to the dispensers, too.
  • Fruit-infused waters add a lovely touch to wedding receptions, as well. Water is necessary on a hot day, but the fruit spruces it up a bit.

Decide what it is you and your guests will enjoy and then make it happen. Keep it cool, light, easy, and tasty.

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Just because you chose to have a wedding outside, in the middle of summer, does not mean that your guests should suffer. It’s going to be hot. Depending on where you live, it could also be humid. While your friends and family may be fans of you, they may not be fans of the heat and the sun. So, treat them and make them comfortable on your special day.

Providing fans is one of the most important things you can do for your guests. Although, clear span tent rentals can be climate controlled, when you have a lot of people in an outdoor space in the summer, it may get a little sticky. Providing area fans throughout your celebration, as well as decorative hand-held fans can add a bit of relief. If you are feeling up to the spending, purchasing personal fans for your guests will likely be much appreciated.

Sunglasses and flip flops are other things that will help guests be more relaxed. Perhaps they spent their time dressing for a wedding, rather than remembering things such as sunglasses to protect their eyes or the fact that heels and grass don’t mix. These items are cheap to purchase in bulk and can make a big, welcoming impact.

All in all, make sure your guests are protected from the elements and are staying hydrated and cool throughout the festivities.

Don’t overlook the little things

You cannot please everyone, but you sure can try. There are lots of little things that you don’t want to overlook when planning your outdoor wedding. Make sure you take into consideration the venue and the pesky things that may lead to irritable guests.

For example, bugs. Your clear span tent can have side walls that will help keep a lot of the pests away. However, with so many guests coming in and out, the bugs are likely to find their way in. That doesn’t mean they must feel welcome when they get in. Make sure you use repellent and spray the area prior to the party. Then, provide your guests with repellant wipes to stay bug-free throughout the day!

Something else you will not want to overlook is hot guests. You want them to dance and let loose, but you don’t want them passing out from heat exhaustion. Therefore, providing your guests with ice rags to put on their necks can cool them down and keep them dancing!

Put yourself in your guests’ shoes and decide what would make you most comfortable – then provide that for your guests.

Outdoor weddings can be fun and beautiful. Plan to make it memorable – and enjoyable – for all involved.

 

Staying Dry During Winter Construction Projects

 

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Just because the weather isn’t so pleasant, doesn’t mean you can stop working. Rain weather is one of the top reasons for construction delays. This can include snow – in its frozen and melting form. However, your winter project cannot stop – you have deadlines to meet and customers to satisfy. So, what can you do to stay dry during winter projects?

The best thing to do is to take steps to prevent the weather from affecting your construction project to begin with. Keep reading for some tips on staying dry and finishing that project on time!

Rain and Snow Can Ruin a Project

Rain is good for a lot of things. It can water our flowers, trees, and crops. It can also add to our lakes and water reservoirs, as well as provide the best source of groundwater. However, when you are working on a construction project that requires a dry area, rain is not so welcome. In fact, it can wreak havoc on your project and cause a heap of delays. For example:

  • If working with wood, wet weather can cause the wood to warp and even crack. Wood can absorb water like a sponge, damaging it before your project is even finished.
  • Metal is strong and usually has a long life. However, excessive rains can cause rusting. When the rain gets to the metal at the earliest stage of construction, it can shorten the overall life of the structure.
  • When working construction, building requires sturdy placement within the ground. Heavy rains and especially localized flooding can wash away the soil, causing a questionable foundation.

These are just a few of the things that can cause delays when you do not keep your winter project area dry. There are ways, however, to avoid these costly delays.

Take Cover

One of the smartest moves you can make when working your winter project is to protect yourself and your project site from the rain – and other weather conditions. So how should you protect yourself? With something overhead, of course! You need protection over your project that will not get in the way of what you need to do to complete it.Taking your winter project indoors isn’t really a feasible option, so let’s look at what is…

Use a Construction Tent Rental
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Many construction crews opt for tarps to protect themselves and their project from wet weather. However, that is not necessarily the best route to go. Tarps can come loose or collapse under winds or heavy rain or snowfall. In addition, you will need to make sure you have specific landscape or your own poles for hanging up your tarp. Let’s not even mention how you need to make sure you can even tie it up successfully!

On the other hand, we have the possibility of using a tent. A construction tent rental can protect your project from the elements and the detrimental effects of them. It’s a good thing that construction tent rentals come in all shapes and sizes and are completely customizable to your needs. Also, if you need some serious protection from the wintry weather, you can take the extra step and get walls for your tent. For these reasons, you are likely to have better luck with a tent, rather than a tarp.

If you find yourself with a project that is beyond the realms of tent protection, you can, at the very least, protect your tools, machinery, and supplies with a dry place. Plus, you have a place to hide out when the rain gets to be too much!

Protective Clothing Can Help

Since holding an umbrella isn’t practical on construction sites, individuals can wear special clothing and accessories to keep dry while working in the wet winter weather. Items such as waterproof boots can keep your feet dry. In addition, waterproof pants or overalls, waterproof construction jackets (yes, they even come in bright colors to be seen by passersby), and helmets with waterproof lining. Plus, it is your lucky day – you can even find waterproof gloves and socks!

The point is that clothing manufacturers know that some people must be outdoors, despite the weatherconditions so they have created a line of rugged outdoor wear that will withstand the wintry elements so you can complete that project.

Staying Warm and Dry 

Winter months can bring all kinds of weather. When you combine wetness and cold together, it can create a mess – especially for those who are in the outdoors every day for extended periods of time. With a little planning, there are ways to stay warm and dry as you try to complete your winter project. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Dress in layers. The more layers you wear, the warmer you are, the more you may sweat. Once you take a break, the sweat may lower your body temperature. Find what works for your body.
  • Look for clothing made of wool, polyester fleece, or polypropylene. These fabrics retain warmth – even when they are wet!
  • Wear Gaiters. These go on the outside of the boot and cover the pant leg, as well. It keeps water and snow from entering your boots.
  • Have a shelter handy. Set up a construction tent with sidewalls to gain shelter from the elements. This creates a warm, dry place to seek refuge during rough, wintry weather.

The key to staying dry during winter projects is to plan and be ready for the wet and cold weather when it hits. It is inevitable – as is the outdoor job of a construction worker. It’s tough with the outdoors as your office. However, with the help of overhead covering, such as a construction tent rental, and waterproof clothing, you can make sure your project gets completed on time and in a proper manner.

 

 

 

Using Fabric Structures for an Outdoor Gathering

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When the weather is perfect outside, that last thing you want to do is stay indoors. So, when you decide to have a gathering with friends and family, are you going to pile everyone in your house, staying cooped up? No – you will want to bask in the outdoor freshness.

Think about it — outdoor gatherings have a ton of perks: natural scenery, lots of space to mingle, you don’t have to worry about cleaning your house before or after the party. However, there are downfalls, as well: the weather is completely unpredictable, there may be pesky pests around and a lack of indoor comforts.

Fortunately, there is a way to enjoy the pros and avoid the cons and have a blast at your next outdoor gathering.

Fabric Structures

Just because you are outside, doesn’t mean you have to give up your indoor comforts. In fact, there is a way to have the indoors brought outdoors for you! Renting fabric structures can be the way to go. Why?

  • You have a place for your guests to take cover from the sun and its hot rays.
  • If mother nature wants to rain on your parade, tell her to go ahead. If you rented a canopy, then you have cover and protection.
  • Wind won’t be a problem, either. If its windy – or windy and rainy – you can simply drop down the sidewalls to your canopy. Voila! You are dry and so is the rest of your party.
  • You will not need to worry about claustrophobic guests, either, as the sidewalls of these canopies have windows!
  • Believe it or not, fabric structures can be customized – you can make them as big or small as you need, you may be able to have flooring (allowing you to avoid having your guests walk on grass or dirt), and you can even splurge for climate control.

Protect attendees from pests

When you take your party outdoors, you are entering the natural habitat of so many insects and creatures. That doesn’t mean you must invite them to the party. Here are a few ways to control the pest population so you and your guests can continue to get your groove on:

  • Use citronella. These come in the form of candles and lighter fluid. Place candles in all areas where your guests will be mingling. You may also use Tiki Torches filled with citronella to give a great outdoor look while also serving a purpose.
  • Make use of your canopy sidewalls. Putting them down will allow a barrier between your guests and the pests.
  • Ahead of time, spray the canopy and its walls with repellent to try to keep the insects at bay.
  • Offer insect repellant spray and wipes for your guests. Many will be very appreciative for this little convenience.
  • Dry up any standing water that may draw mosquitoes.
  • Add fans throughout the gathering area to deter smaller insects from invading your space.

Safety first!

To have an outdoor gathering, you are likely going to need to get some sort of electricity for lighting or music and entertainment purposes. You will, however, want to make sure that you take precaution and watch out for extension cords.

Putting a note or taping them down may not be enough to avoid someone tripping or causing injury. It is best to be overcautious: Put up a sign, tape the cords down, and cover them with a rug.

Also — you will likely be using a fire pit and/or grill. Fire can be deadly – especially when you have a large group of people partying and having a good time. Make sure you have a nearby water source and a fire extinguisher. Also, make sure the person manning each of these items is experienced and able to handle the task.

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Just because you are taking your gathering outdoors does not mean you can avoid your home’s cleanliness altogether. Your guests may not be hanging out in there, but it doesn’t mean they will not be, at the very least, walking through. When your guests arrive, they may come through your front door. Many may come into your kitchen to help with food preparation or to grab something from your refrigerator. Lastly, you can bank on each of your guests having to use your restroom – at least once. So, when preparing your outdoors for your party, you may want to tidy up these indoor areas, as well.

You may want to make your backyard presentable, too. It would be good for you to mow your lawn (as no one wants to put boots on to trek through your overgrown yard) and clean up any garbage or miscellaneous items.

Do what you need to do to make the space presentable and welcoming – your guests will thank you.

Provide comfort for your guests

Last, but certainly not least, go above and beyond to make your guests comfortable. You are moving the party outside, so do something a little extra to make sure you aren’t taking anything away from your guests by keeping them out of your house! Here are a few things you can do that will win you the title of “Host of the Year.”

  • Provide blankets. If your party is going to carry over into the evening and night hours, have blankets available for your guests to bundle up should it get cooler.
  • If it is hot outside, provide personal fans. Your sweating guests will be thankful that you did.
  • Buy flip flops for your guests. You can find cheap flip flops at discount stores. Many people dress up to go to parties but may not enjoy wearing dress shoes in the grass and dirt.
  • Sunglasses can be a welcome – and healthy – thing to provide for your guests. Buy them in bulk and pass them out.

Having an outdoor gathering can be a fun and relaxing time for your friends and family. Just be prepared and safety conscious and it will be the talk of the town!

 

Transition to Off-Grid Living Using a Large Tent Rental

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Home as we know it keeps us safe, it keeps us warm, it keeps us dry, and it keeps us comfortable. It also keeps us connected. Our world today has us absorbed by electronics. We lose out on so many precious moments of life because our attention is drawn away by a ring, a ding, a chirp, or a you’ve got mail. It is more common to see a group of individuals standing together looking down at cell phones than it is to see a group of kids playing a game of baseball in the park. When you feel overwhelmed by all the technology, it is time to unplug. From using a large tent rental for shelter to raising livestock, you could turn a piece of vacant, secluded land into an adventure and an opportunity to disconnect yourself from all the daily stimuli and reconnect with yourself.

Keep reading for the basic steps to help you transition to world of off-grid living.

Using a Large Tent Rental

Shelter is necessary. You may think that you want to go off the grid in an extreme way, but, after exposed to the wildlife, the insects, the weather and its elements, you will likely change your mind – quickly.

One of the most cost efficient forms of shelter is a large tent rental. Large tent rentals are especially handy since they can be assembled at any location. Since you are going off-grid, that could mean you will need shelter in a remote area with the possibility of tricky terrain. Tents are customizable, allowing you to design them to meet your needs in size, shape, etc. and include flooring, sidewalls, windows, etc. Large tent rentals are also made of durable fabric and can withstand any potential damage that can come your way.

Other potential shelters are campers, professionally built residences, or anything that is large enough to live in and turn into a comfortable living space.

Water is a Necessity

It’s a fact of life – if you want to survive, you will need access to clean water. Unless you plan on walking down to the creek to fill your bucket, walk back home, treat your water, and hope you have enough for all that your family will need – you are going to want to make sure you are hooked up to a well or some other water irrigation system that can deliver you clean water.

Say no to gathering water bottles and gallon jugs, unless you intend to reuse them. You are going off-grid to live off the land. Therefore, don’t pollute that very land with wasteful plastic!

Food

Here is when you must show everyone what you are made of. Are you able to forego dining out, fast food, and Starbucks and, instead, learn to hunt for your food and have a farm with livestock and a garden? Livestock, such as cows, chickens, ducks, turkeys, and pigs, among others, can serve as a great food source. Tending a garden can produce healthy and tasty veggies and fruits that are full of the good stuff for you. The best news? You control what your livestock eats and what you spray on your garden. In other words, you will finally have total control over the food your family eats.

You will likely make sporadic trips to a grocery store or market, depending on how remote you live. However, when you do so, you can stock up on staples like rice, beans, powdered milk, or any other non- perishable food items you may desire.

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The rage is all about solar panels! These panels use the sun’s rays and convert it to an energy source. The cost of solar panels may put a dent in your wallet initially, but the system will last you for many years. When you average out the monthly cost you currently pay in your fully-wired home, you will realize you are actually going to be saving money.

Wind is another possible source of energy. However, not all off-grid homes are located in areas in which wind would be a feasible source.

Septic

You will have to go to the bathroom. Your family members will, too. It is a fact of life. And, well, it must go somewhere. Because you will want to make sure your waste doesn’t negatively affect your food sources or water, you will want to ensure you have a properly functioning septic system. Whether it is built into the ground or a motor home-type septic tank that will require occasional emptying, you will be thankful for the septic tank.

Another method some hardcore off-grid folks choose is a composting toilet. This will collect your waste and turn it into compost.

Whatever method you choose, make sure to consult the zoning board in your area to confirm your septic method meets the requirements.

Willingness to Embrace Change

When choosing to move to a remote location and completely rearrange everything about the way you currently live your life, you are going to have to expect some difficulty in adjusting. Living off grid means getting rid of things such as TVs, cell phones, tablets, computers, washers and dryers, microwaves, air conditioning, etc. Sure, you can still have these items, but you will not likely have the means to use them how you are used to. Remember – you are making your own energy now.

Many people who have chosen this route either loved it or hated it. It surely isn’t for everyone. But, those who love their decision and have embraced the change to off-grid living, have found a sense of calm that somehow gets lost in the midst of all the electronics. In fact, families are brought together because, being cut off civilization, they don’t have anywhere else to turn. It can break down barriers. And for those with kids – this change can teach responsibility, the joy of the outdoors, learning to live off the land, and staying connected with family.

Are you ready? Unplug and go. Now – before you change your mind!

How to Prepare for Music Festival Season

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We are slowly reaching that time of year again – music festival season. The time when you need to start planning your vacation from your job so you and your friends can hit up the best music festivals around the country. It doesn’t matter what you are into – pop, indie, rock, EDM, hip hop – there is a festival for you. In fact, they seem to get more popular as each year passes.

So, after you have made your selection showcasing your favorite bands, what should you do to make sure you are prepared for the festival? Grab a pen to take notes – you are going to want to keep reading for the best ways to get yourself set for a worry-free music festival season.

Find a Tent Rental to Create Your Temporary Living Space

First, you will need a tent to sleep in. Remember, you are going to have to use your tent rental for sleeping and for storing your belongings. Therefore, make sure it is big enough. Always go for a size or two bigger than the amount of people it says it can sleep. Let’s face it – you are not necessarily going to want to be snuggled up to your buddies who have been partying hard for hours on end, are you?

Now, because you are not going to want to stay in your tent rental all day, you will want to set up a space next to it to act as a social/living area, so-to-speak. You can rent a canopy that can hold quite a few people. Load it up with rugs, chairs, lights, etc. Not only will it provide a spot for you and your friends to mingle, it will also provide a place for shelter and shade. Make it as comfortable as possible. This is going to be your spot for the next couple days.

If you are lucky enough to plan, you can find a tent rental for the festival – get all decked out with personalization and stand out!

Be Prepared

Music festivals really aren’t the time and place to cook a classy five course meal. Opting to purchase the food sold at the festival could get a bit pricey rather quickly. The best thing to do would be to pack non-perishable food items that can keep you well-nourished and won’t require too much effort to make. Here are a few suggestions:Tent Rental | American Pavilion

  • Peanut butter, jelly, and bread for sandwiches
  • Bagels or rice cakes with peanut better
  • Fruits
  • Veggies
  • Canned beans, ravioli, soup
  • Dried fruits
  • Nuts
  • Granola bars or cereal bars
  • Oatmeal

Make sure you bring lots of water to stay hydrated. You may even bring empty bottles for re-filling, as most festivals will have available water taps. Check with organizers prior to going to see what is and what is not allowed. Some allow small grills or hot plates, others do not. Some allow glass bottles, others do not. It is best to know these things in advance so you can plan accordingly without encountering any surprises.

Don’t forget to pack a cooler for your travels as there is usually a long line of traffic to get to these rather rural festivals. You will get hungry and you will not want to dip into your festival rations.

Bring the Right Clothing and Frills

Think about it – you are going to be outdoors, subjecting yourself to all types of elements. You will want to be prepared, for your own sake. Know the weather before you go. If it is going to be hot, cold, rainy, etc., pack accordingly. If it is going to be cold, pack a couple extra clothing items to act as extra layers to keep you warm. If it is going be hot, pack a couple extra outfits to change into once you have turned your current outfit into a stinky, sweaty mess.

As far as having fun – you will want to pack those extra frills. Things such as onesie pajamas, bathing suits, crazy outfits, wigs, makeup, masks, glow jewelry, etc. Anything to stand out.

Arrive Early

You are going to want to make sure you arrive early enough to find the best camping spot or at the very least, a really good one. There is nothing more miserable than having to spend three days camping with the smell of overflowing portable toilets.

  • Make sure your spot is far away from toilet and trash locations. This may not seem like a big deal on day one, but by the end of day two, you will be wishing you had listened better.
  • Find grassy, flat land. It may seem like a soft idea to pitch a tent in the sand, but after a little rainfall, you will then have mud and, well, that is not so pleasant.
  • It can be brutally hot outside at times. When you are spending your days in the great outdoors without the great perk of air conditioning, you are going to want to find some shade.

It may force you to put in a little work, but ideally you are looking for a place that allows you to avoid horrid stenches, potential mud, and significant sunshine. Arriving early will allow you the most opportunity to find this master location!

Leave Your Bad Attitude at Home

Nobody enjoys the company of a Debbie Downer so leave your bad attitude at home. Music festivals get crowded, loud, and dirty. If that isn’t your thing, maybe you should re-consider. A couple of days roughing it with thousands of hyped fans is going to lead to chaos. Things may not always go as you planned. Warn yourself of this ahead of time and you should have no worries.

Music festivals are meant to bring you fun times to dance, socialize, and forget the real world for a couple of days. Not being prepared could add a lot of stress to the event. From finding a tent rental to arriving early, plan ahead with these tips and you are sure to have a great time!

 

 

Why You Need a Clear Tent for Your Garden

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Your home is your place of comfort. It offers you a sense of protection and it makes you feel welcomed each time you walk through the door. Your home is the place where your family builds traditions and makes memories. It is also the place where you entertain loved ones. Why not make it the place where you grow food and flowers to add to the care you have for your family? Adding a transparent garden canopy to your yard will not only provide you with a warm, inviting escape or small entertaining spot, it can also provide you with food, herbs, and flowers – and the confidence in knowing that you created something good.

If you are still questioning whether or not a clear tent is a must -have for your backyard, keep reading!

What is a Clear Tent?

Clear tents are great additions to your home. They come in all shapes and sizes and offer a place for you to grow a garden while being shielded from weather conditions. These canopies come in all sorts of designs, colors, and made from all types of materials. However, if you want the benefit of a garden canopy without giving up your view, a clear tent is what you need. Transparent garden canopies allow protection while maintaining the view!

These flexible clear tent rentals allow you to extend your home to the outdoors – enhancing your home and its outdoor functionality.

What can you do with a Clear Tent Rental?

Not only can you grow food and flowers in a clear tent, but you can also entertain guests. Maybe you are just looking to escape to your backyard and spend some time with nature. Maybe you live in a rainy part of the country and are looking for something that will allow you to be outside – and remain dry.

If you don’t necessarily have a green thumb, but you are looking for shade and protection in your backyard for your deck or patio, a clear tent rental can be your best friend. They will protect your outdoor furniture, and allow you the ability to sit outdoors whenever you feel like it – not just when the weather says you can! Clear tent rentals can allow you to have dinner with your family outside, have get-togethers inside and outside, and even protect your outdoor pets from being exposed to the elements.

No matter your preference or desire, clear tents can come in handy. Their possibilities are endless. Besides, if you get creative, you are likely to find so many more things you can use clear tent rentals for – no matter how big or small your backyard is.

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Depending on what you are trying to grow and where you live, you are likely, for one reason or another, going to need a protected area to grow specific items since most produce cannot grow in all types of weather conditions.

The number of veggies, fruits and herbs you can grow under your clear tent is enormous.

Here are the best vegetables to grow in a shaded area:

  • Arugula
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Root vegetables, such as yams, beets, parsnips, turnips, carrots, and celery.

The following fruits thrive in a shaded area:

  • Cherries
  • Berries, such as gooseberries, raspberries, blackberries
  • Plums
  • Strawberries
  • Black currants
  • Pears

Herbs also produce well in the shade. Here are the best – and most successful – choices:

  • Chives
  • Tarragon
  • Mint
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Thyme
  • Oregano

With a little research and a lot of tending, you and your family could put together a very well-rounded garden that could grow throughout all the seasons.

Grow Plants and Flowers  

The best part of planting a garden under a canopy is the ability to add beauty and color to your yard. There is just something special about looking out your back window and seeing bright, beautiful blooming flowers after a rough day at work or waking up early and sipping coffee as you read your newspaper while the sun rises. You brought these flowers to life and the transparency of your clear tent garden canopy allows you to view this exquisiteness from anywhere on your property.

Not sure what to plant? Here are a few ideas of the best flowers to grow using a garden canopy:

  • Lily of the valley
  • Alpine Forget-Me-Not
  • Jacob’s Ladder
  • Violas
  • Begonias
  • Heliotropes
  • Impatiens

A Quiet Retreat

You work hard. You handle work, your family, taking care of your home – and now you take care of your own garden. You deserve a place to relax and escape. Why not create a small nook within your clear tent where you can relax, read a book, drink coffee, draw, etc.? Besides, where else can you escape peacefully amongst greenery? A clear tent rental is spacious enough to allow for the extra room. Search your local outdoor furniture store and find a small table and chairs – like a bistro set – and put it in an open area under the canopy.

If you are not looking for a quiet retreat, but rather a social hotspot, a clear tent rental can provide a great place to host a garden party – inside the tent and out. Stringing lights, playing soft music, cold drinks and hors d ‘oeuvres can turn your garden into a magical mingling spot.

Clear tent rentals are completely customizable canopies that provide you with the ability to have new adventures in your backyard. The size of your yard does not matter. Whether you choose a large tent rental or a small one, you are likely to realize that your purchase will transform your life. A garden canopy is the perfect addition to your home! What are you waiting for?

Construction Tents Protect Workers and Projects Year Round

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Every job is important. But what happens if you can’t work? Not because of illness or disability, but because of weather. Yes, of course, almost all of us who work in warm, cozy offices would love to call in sick from work on the coldest day in February and stay nestled in our beds. But life doesn’t work that way. You need the money and your employer needs you. But what about those construction workers who subject their bodies to conditions the rest of us run from? It’s snowing, they are working. It’s raining, they are working. It’s windy, they are working. It’s freezing and icy, they are working.

Due to all their deadlines and huge projects to complete on a timeline, construction crews cannot stop working. Plus, as consumers, we need them! They take care of many jobs that keep our society functioning, such as roadways, bridges, homes, office buildings, various transportation methods, etc. Thankfully, the construction industry has perfected methods to beat Mother Nature at her own game!

Construction Tents as Temporary Shelter

Umbrellas, ponchos, raincoats, galoshes – all protect us when we head out in wet weather. But what protects construction workers? Have you ever seen a construction crew decked out in raincoats or holding umbrellas? Likely not. Since they have big jobs to do and rain doesn’t last all day, they generally find a place to take cover until they can get back to work.

Job sites don’t always come with shelter. Some are even in remote or very open areas. In cases such as this, workers may have to take shelter in their cars or call it at day – immediately putting the job behind schedule.

Good news for construction companies, though – it doesn’t have to be that way! Construction tents can serve as a temporary shelter on a wet day and allow the crew to return to work once the weather dries up.

Surviving the Summer Heat

Although it depends on where you live, most of the country struggles with brutal heat each summer. Add the lack of cool breeze to the heat and you have a stagnant summer heat that has caused fatalities for some and sent countless others to the hospital for things such as heat stroke and dehydration.

Now, think about construction workers – in the north especially, summertime is the best time for construction crews to knock out pending work. They do this while many of us are relaxing comfortably in our air-conditioned offices or homes.

What do construction crews do to keep cool? How do they avoid dealing with the detrimental heat? Water and shade. Drinking water is a must for working outdoors under the summer sun. However, having a place to cool down and rest your body from the rays is just as important.

Many crew members must struggle to find a shady tree or overhang while others may be lucky enough to have a construction tent. Yes, a tent that provides shelter. Many construction companies use them for storage or protection for equipment, but they have a dual purpose of protecting workers, as well.

Falling Leaves and Temperatures

Fall is beautiful and it may just be the most beautiful season of work for construction workers too. Sure, it starts getting a bit chilly, but nothing a few extra layers of clothes or socks can’t fix!

However, depending on your construction project, falling leaves could get in the way a bit. Construction tents are customizable in size and may be able to cover your project in its entirety, blocking out the pesky leaves. Not to mention, it would help keep the chill out of the air for your crew, as well.

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It is so hard to get moving in the early morning during winter time. However, construction crews are typically some of the first risers, many starting work before the sun is even up! Layered up for warmth, they head out to face the wintry cold.

Winter conditions can leave construction workers subjected to ice, snow, sleet, and hail. Many winter days bring only gray skies – no sunshine for warmth. Construction crews should, of course, be wearing the proper gear for working outdoors in freezing weather. For example:

  • Thermal undergarments
  • Thermal socks (more than one pair)
  • Gloves (two pair if necessary)
  • Waterproof boots that will keep your feet warm
  • Thermal coveralls
  • Helmet liners or snowcaps under hardhat
  • Scarves

Having a place to warm up can be beneficial for many reasons. For one, it can reduce the risk for hypothermia and frost bite. In addition, it can help to keep muscles warm, which, in turn, reduces the risk of injury.

Construction Tents for the Job Site

Construction tents are like superheroes for the job site. They are much needed and openly welcomed by crews everywhere. These tents are completely customizable based on your needs. This includes sizing, flooring, and walls – or lack thereof.

Construction tents can even be climate controlled which can assist crews during the coldest and hottest months. During the winter, heaters can provide great warmth to your freezing crew. During the summer months, fans and cooling systems can keep your construction crew content, healthy, and happy.

Even the basic construction tent without all the perks can still provide shade and shelter. When subjected to outdoor weather conditions, every little bit of protection helps! Rain or shine, cold or hot, construction tents serve a purpose far greater than you can imagine. While they can be used to help complete your job, they are also able to protect your crew. Without your crew, you have no completed project, right? Take care of them!

 

 

How to Prepare for a Natural Disaster

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We do not always know when a natural disaster is coming. Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis are all capable of doing massive amounts of devastating damage. While we cannot always prevent natural disasters, we can be prepared for the before and after. Between organizing your own emergency kit and seeking out industrial tents for shelter, there are several ways to prepare for a potential disaster.

Each geographical region has different threats than others. For example, earthquakes are found more along the pacific coast of the U.S. while tornadoes are a greater threat in the Midwest. Understand the weather and possible threats in your area and follow these steps to assist with your safety.

Emergency Kit

Before the disaster strikes, you will want to make sure you have an emergency kit prepared. These can be as big or as small as you would like, but be careful when considering the container. For instance, if you reside in a flood-prone area, then you would benefit more from a waterproof container, rather than one that will be destroyed if it gets wet. Likewise, if you live in an area prone to fires, a fire-proof container will be a better bet.

Things to include in your emergency kit can vary from person to person, dependent on specific needs. However, here are a few of the most important items:

  • Food (non-perishable)
  • Water
  • Medications
  • First Aid kit
  • A change of clothes
  • Blankets
  • Important papers such as insurance, passports, birth/marriage certificates, deeds
  • Radio
  • Flashlights
  • Backup phone chargers
  • Batteries

Because you never know how long a disaster can affect you and your family, you will want to make sure you have enough supplies in your emergency kit to last at least 3-5 days. Your disaster may affect you longer, but this will allow enough time for emergency help to arrive and start to assist.

Make sure to keep your emergency kit in a handy spot that you will always remember. Sometimes, when faced with a threatening danger, our thoughts may turn to panic. If you have a clear plan and a designated spot for your emergency supplies, this can make your dash for survival a bit easier.

Evacuations

Certain natural disasters give us advanced warning. If you live in an evacuation zone or are advised to evacuate, then do so! Disobeying the evacuation requests can put your life in danger, as well as the lives of the emergency crews that may need to come rescue you. You are given advanced warning for good reason. Use that time to grab your family, your emergency kit and hit the road!

Now would be a good time to learn your evacuation route if you don’t already know it.

A Contact Plan

Keep a list of contact information for loved ones. During times of disaster, electricity and cell phone service may be interrupted. Nowadays, with cell phones being so common, many people do not have phone numbers memorized. This can create an issue should you find yourself with a dead phone battery and no power to charge it.

An alternative to phone numbers is the use of social media. For example, Facebook has recently started a “safety check” feature. If you are in an area affected by a natural disaster, Facebook will give you the option to check in as safe, allowing your friends and family to rest assured that you are OK, even if they cannot get hold of you by phone. However, keep in mind that this may not work if power or services are down. Always have a backup plan.

Industrial Tents for Emergencies
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The good news is that most cities have an emergency plan in place. You do what you need to do to protect yourself before the storm, your government officials and other city leaders will do what they need to do to ensure your safety and well-being after.

Many communities will have a point of contact or a command center set up. Industrial tents work to house basic needs for those affected. These industrial tents are large enough to serve as storage centers, temporary government offices to process emergency requests, and for food and water distribution. Most officials opt for these industrial tents because they allow aid workers to quickly set up a location in the heart of where they are needed most.

It’s Over, I Survived, Now What?

After storms, floods, fires, or any other natural disaster, the cleanup begins. Be prepared to get to work and get your hands dirty. Make sure to reach out to your community. It is during these times that people tend to come together, providing much needed relief and support. Depending on the extent of the disaster, there are a few things you will want to address or pay attention to.

  • Contaminated water supply – make sure you listen for boil water notices or other advisories concerning your water supply before consuming. (This is where your bottled water in your emergency kit will come in handy).
  • Downed electrical wires – these can cause electric shock if you encounter a live wire.
  • Puddles of water – electrical wires can find themselves located in puddles of water. If you decide to walk – or let your kids play in the puddles – you are putting yourself and them at risk for getting electrocuted. It is not safe, just don’t do it!
  • Debris – Most disasters can leave debris behind. Keep an eye out for debris found in roads, blocking access for emergency crews
  • Damaged buildings or homes – never enter a building or structure of any type that shows signs of damage. The structural walls may be jeopardized and could lead to devastating, or fatal, results.
  • Mold – If you home or office was subjected to flood waters, make sure you thoroughly clean the area and dry it well to ensure that harmful mold does not develop.

Clean up after a natural disaster can take time, leading to many frustrations for those affected. Knowing the possibility of the disaster and being prepared before it happens can ease the burden. Don’t wait for a moment of crisis to occur before getting prepared – it may be too late!