DIY Tips for Setting up a Tent on a Camping Trip
Chris shares his passion for cycling, hiking, skiing, and climbing from Buxton, in the Peak District. As a blogger for Outdoor Look, Chris shares outdoor tips and indoor tricks to help you get the most out of your time spent outside. When he's not out adventuring he's making videos or trying to keep up with his 4-year-old son.
Spending time with nature and being in tandem with the surroundings can really help one cleanse the soul and take their mind off of their busy life. However, on adventure trips or secluded holiday trips, one should be well-equipped to sustain themselves in conditions where the resources are limited.
Nearly every tent, be it the same type, will be different in its design depending on the brand. Therefore, we will only focus on tents with fly sheet, poles that bend to form a tunnel and have an inner compartment.
Unpack the Tent
While unpacking, it is necessary that you are extra cautious with the tent as there are small components which can get lost or damaged. Also, in windy situations, make sure to keep something on the tent bag and tent fly, so that they don’t get blown away.
Separate the Components
Identify which part is the outer rain cover (tent fly) and which is the inner part of the tent. Get the stakes out of the bag and keep them ready before you take out the poles.
Start Joining the Poles
The poles have a stretchy string that internally links them, enabling them to be folded when not in use. Lay these poles after connecting them so that you can easily identify them.
Lay a Groundsheet
Some tents have a thin floor which is why it is necessary that you put a groundsheet on the place where you will set up your tent. This will give a protection from rough ground and will also act as a floor for your tent vestibule.
Attach the Poles to the Tent
Some tunnel or dome tents have poles that connect to the inner fly and the outer is clipped afterwards. On the other hand there are tents where this system is followed in an opposite manner. The inner fly is clipped afterwards in some tents.
To properly connect the poles, one has to identify the right place for each pole to be connected. After identifying, bend each pole to fit them in the pole attachments. After all the poles are attached, make sure to clip the sides and top of the inner tent onto the poles.
Stake out the Corners of Your Tent
Secure all the corners to the ground with a peg or stake. Make sure that you eliminate all the slacks by pulling the corners before you place the stake. At an angle of 45°, put the stake in to the ground in a way that they lean away from the tent.
Attach the Outer Fly
To make sure that the door to the outer fly corresponds with the door to the inner tent, place the fly over the tent frame. Use the loops on the inside of the fly to secure it and attach the bottom corners of the fly either to an attachment, or to the ground with stakes.
Set up the Rest of the Tent
Once the fly is positioned correctly on top of the tent poles and inner tent, make sure the doors of the fly are zipped closed. Then you can stake out the rest of the loops on the bottom of the fly by gently drawing the fly away from the inner and creating tension between each stake.
Make sure that the tension across the whole of the fly is even. This will prevent the fly from flapping or touching the inner tent.
Make Sure to Secure the Guylines
Secure the guylines either to the ground or to the nearby trees or stones. Make sure that there is tension in the guylines as it will ensure better stability to the tent in windy situations. They also keep the tent fly away from the inner side and keep the insides of the tent protected from rain and wind.
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