How to Set Up a Tent

For any first time camper, setting up tent can seem a more complex task. The tents are useful and an essential piece of camping gear, for real, however, many frustrated campers have ended up cursing their camping tent as they have tried to set up the tent in the dark with no appropriate preparation. But, once one has set up a tent for a number of times, this becomes a more familiar routine which can be repeated easily even in the most difficult camping and hiking conditions. Below are important steps that will help you set up tents for camping more efficiently and quickly:

Before you go camping, practice setting up a tent

Setting up a tent for a couple of times, directions in hand, before the twilight on the evening of the camping trip is an excellent idea. Although a few camping tents have simple designs, such as the family tents, others have complex designs, like domestic tents, which are not easily assembled when it’s dark and you’re in the woods.

Always find an area that is flat and also free of sharp objects

Make sure you clean the area of any large rocks, sticks or other debris which could cause a puncture or rip in the tent or that would be uncomfortable to sleep on.

How to Set Up a Tent

Unpack the tent and all its parts

Sort all the parts of the camping tent in to respective groups such as, rain fly, tent poles, tent stakes and others so that your work will be more easier, you don’t have to go hunting for them when setting up the tent

Unfold the tent and lay it in the respective area

Always make sure it is facing in the direction you want it to face. Remember to point it towards the east if you want to be opening your tent door on the sunrise.

Stake down your tent corners

If the tent has a footprint or ground cloth, set that down first. Staking down your tent, making sure to pull the floor of the tent fairly taut as you do so is the next step. Family tents and big tents always have to be staked down. However, some backpacking tents do not. This is a pleasant feature if you are planning to camp where staking might be a problem, such as on slick rock in the American southwest, however, even the free standing tents should be staked down if possible. Many tents need to be staked before they stand up.

Connect the tent poles

Tent poles always come in sections that are put together. Tent poles may be colour coded to make sure you don’t put the wrong sections together. If they are not colour coded, ensure that you read the directions for the tent so that you will be in a position to tell the difference between different poles.

Assemble frames of the tent

The camping tents come in different designs. A number of tents are free standing, such as many dome tents, and also use several poles which support each other, whereas other tents have simple two poles designs and stand up only when the tent is staked down.

Secure the rain fly of the tent

Camping tents are not waterproof. Many tents come with a waterproof cover known as a rainfly which secures the top of the tent from rain. If your tent has a rainfly, secure it on over the top of the tent using canvas tarps. The process involves fastening the corners of the rain fly to cords that attach to the base of the tent, and include additional ties or clips that attach to the tent poles. Find more information at Jeff Campbell CAMBRIDGE CANVAS if you need a tarp in making a tent.

Erecting the tent frame involves sliding of the tent poles through sleeves on the outside of the tent or also securing the ends of the poles in grommets at the tent’s base, and then attaching the body of your tent to the poles via clips.


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