You are finally going to the camping trip you are planning for some time now? You know what you need to pack, but wondering what should you do when you get there? If you want to learn how to pitch your tent, you are at the right place. This process will vary on the type of tent you have, but are some universal rules you can follow. This step by step guide will give you the answer you are looking for.
To put your tent up properly, you have to:
- Pick the place: Once you have arrived at the campsite you need to think where to put your tent.
Find a place that could protect you from windbreaks: hedges and other units could be a good start.
However, it might look appealing to pitch your tent under the trees, because they provide natural shade, but usually, the grass under trees is poor because it is isolated from rain. It could be also dangerous to pitch under a tree in a case of a thunderstorm.
In order to feel comfortable aim to choose flat ground. You should also think about how far or near you want to be positioned from amenity and other facilities. If you are traveling with children, think of placing your tent close to children’s playground area.
2. Clean up the place: Remove any unnecessary twigs, stones and anything else that can obstruct the tent’s base.
3. Stretch the tent: Stretch the tent on the ground by the loops at the bottom so it is stretched properly without any creases. Making a perfect well-stretched rectangle is often a precondition for the tent taking shape correctly.
Contrary to what we all tend to do instinctively, the guy ropes (or halyards, or strings) which are intended to improve wind resistance must not be stretched too tightly.
If you stretch your guy ropes too tightly, you crush your tent, and reduce its height, making the door larger which leads to the risk of broken zips, the possibility of rain water infiltrating, and more discomfort caused by condensation forming in the folds on the roof, etc.
4. Dig your tent pegs in properly: The tent peg should be dug in at 45°, facing away from the tent so that it stays on the ground and does not “jump out” at the first gust of wind.
In the following video, you can see how exactly you can set up the Quechua – Arpenaz family tent: