Is your next trip near? And you don’t know how to set up a tent? Then you should better know how to set it up to avoid any awkward situation. Do you know a lot of beginners at the campsite often become victims of the awkward and time-consuming efforts by trying to set up their tent as it gets dark, or its cold or wind comes up? Want to avoid this type of situation? Then read this article top to bottom!
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How to set up a tent
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1. Finding the appropriate spot:
Find a wide-open area where you can assemble your tent. Make sure you are not in any private property and if you are in a state or park, camp in the designated camping areas.
Avoid selected areas with any swales, divots, or hollows in the ground. Don’t set up your tent on an area lower than the surroundings, because it might float after rains, trapping you in a tough situation.
Don’t camp in the dry river or creek beds in case flooding occurs and also don’t camp under trees, because in case of storms it’s really dangerous as branches may drop in your tent without any warning.
Always select a flat and raised ground compared to the surroundings.
2. Clean up the area:
Clean the area you have selected, remove any rocks, twigs, or other debris from the spot.
3. Direction of the wind:
Know the direction of wind and position tents door away from the prevailing wind, as it may create extra tension on the stakes or poles. Camp near the trees so they will block off the breeze and wind a little bit.
4. Direction of the sun:
Avoid setting up your tent in the direction of the sun. In summer you will wake up sweaty and irritable if you set up your tent in the direct path of the sun. Choose a shady area if you want to wake up comfortably from sleep.
5. Organizing the campsite:
Always keep the sleeping area away from cooking and toilet areas. If you have a fire at the campsite make sure it’s not close enough of your tent.
Don’t forget to put the fire out completely before going to sleep.
6. Setting up the tent:
Step 1: Tarp
Before setting up the tent, first, lay the tarp on the ground, as this will work as a barrier in between the ground and the bottom of the tent and will protect it from moisture.
Make sure the tarp is of good quality plastic or vinyl.
Don’t forget to fold the tarp into a slightly smaller relative shape of your tent. If any part of the tarp hangs out beyond the edge of the tent, then it will collect water underneath if it rains. You don’t want that, right? Fold all the longer edges of the tarp and tuck them under the tent.
Step 2: Lay-out all the components
Lay-out all the components of the tent including the tent itself, all the poles, stakes, and cloth coverings.
Step 3: Lay the tent in the tarp
Now, find out the bottom side of the tent and put that side down on the tarp. Align the windows and doors in the direction you would want them to face. Lay the tent out flat.
Step 4: Connect the poles
Connect the poles of the tent. It varies from tent to tent. The pole may be connected with bungee ropes or maybe numbered and require you to connect them.
Step 5: Inserting the poles
Now is the time to insert the poles into the corresponding flaps in the tent. All the tents are designed differently but most basic tents will have two tents poles that cross each other to form an X which is the basic frame of the tent.
To fit the poles into the tents you will have to put the end of the pole into an eyelet at each corner and slide the pole either through the small flaps on top of the tent or attach plastic clips on the top of the tent’s pole.
Step 6: Raising the tent
After you have connected the poles, they should be bending. Straighten up and raise the tent now, it would look like a small hut. If you could find a partner to help you with raising the tent that would be better.
Step 7: Coaxing
Some of the tents need coaxing. So what you have to do is pull the corners apart as square and make sure the poles are secure and untied.
Step 8: Attaching hooks
Check for plastic hooks attached to little chords, though it varies from tent to tent. Now after you have raised the tent, hook those hooks into the frame of the tent pole in the appropriate place. Attach other structural components so that the tent stands up.
Step 9: Staking the tent
Now that you have got your tent squared, it’s time to use the metal tent stakes to fit through the flaps at the corners near the ground. And then push them into the ground.
In case you are camping on a rocky or hard ground, you might use a tiny hammer or blunt object to hammer them.
Step 10: Use rainfly:
Some tents come with rainfly, as an extra guard from rain. If yours don’t come with one, then you should definitely buy one. Rainfly is another sheet of material that covers the tent. Cover your tent with the rainfly to protect yourself from rain or snow.
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