If you are a first-time camper and the thought of pitching a tent scares you then this guide will definitely solve this problem. Read on for the easiest guide to how to pitch your first tent like a pro.

The Good News!

If you were to pitch an older tent, you will find it to be more complex than the ones available now. The newer tents come with pre-attached flysheets, while others only require putting in the poles and your tent is ready.  Tunnel tents work in the same way. They have flexible poles to bind the structure together and take no time to set up. They do not require building a frame or attaching sheets. You have to put the poles together correctly and pull the tent upwards with the help of the pull-thread – your sleeping place is ready!

Air Framed Tents

Air framed tents are easier to pitch than a tunnel and steel tents. They do not use poles. All you have to do is to inflate the space in the tent lining with the help of an air pump. The tent takes no time to set up and demands less efforts. Air framed tents are an excellent choice for families who camp with children.

Pop-up Tents

Moving on from air framed tents, there are pop-up tents too. As the name suggests, these tents use no poles or air pumping. They simply pop up just like kid’s play tents do. While, these tents are not sufficiently spacious to accommodate adult family members, they can be used by teenagers in music festivals, or a school camping trip where each kid has their own tent. You can take this tent to family camping if your kid insists on sleeping separately.

Choosing a Flat Ground

Pitching also depends on the location where you are planning to camp. Find a flat ground and clear the area of debris and sharp rocks to ensure your tent feels comfortable. Use rocks as a weight to keep your tents safely pitched in windy locations.

Take Important Precautions

It is suggested to never camp under a tree. If it rains, this rain water will drip off the tree branches. You will have to watch out for the breaking branches as well during wild wind and storm.

Also, do not try to push the poles too hard. Pushing or pulling the poles may break or bend them, making your job more difficult. If it feels like you are forcing the tent poles in or out, check them twice that they aren’t snagging on anything.

Conduct a Drill Session at Home

The best thing to make sure that you set your tent up all right is that you rehearse it once or twice at home. You can try it in the garden or indoors. This will help you get more familiar with the tent and know where you lack. Consider it like practicing exercise. By practicing again and again, you will have your tent go up in no time.

You will not want the tent to tear out in the middle of the forest. Conducting this drill will also give you time to check the tent and reassure that it is everything it should be.