If you are going to the mountains or somewhere where winds can get quite strong you should take precaution and secure your tent properly. This article will guide you on how to secure a tent in high winds. Follow my 6 steps to stay safe in a wind storm.
Find out how to secure a Tent in High Winds
Strong winds can be a nuisance when you are camping, no doubt about that. A tent gives us security and a place to sleep and without it, you will have a hard time, especially if you intend to stay out there for a longer time.
Nobody wants to stay without a shelter when a storm is coming or when the winds are getting stronger and stronger. It is, therefore, imperative that you learn to secure a tent when it is windy so let’s get into it.
Ways to secure your Tent against strong Winds
These are the things that you need to do to make sure that your tent holds its own weight against strong winds.
1. Erect the tent properly
This is the first thing that you will have to do to make sure that your tent is able to withstand the winds. Setting up a tent may appear like a simple task but you risk its stability if you don’t do it properly.
Tents usually have instructions for the setup. You should follow those instructions if you want your tent to remain stable. Make sure that you use all the poles when pitching it as the poles keep the tent stable.
When anchoring the tent to the ground, make sure to use all the guy ropes and pegs provided. Drive the pegs into the ground at a 45 degrees angle and make sure that they stick to the ground for proper anchoring.
Here is the video that explains how you can easily pitch a tent in windy conditions.
2. Choose your location wisely
The tent’s location will also affect how the tent stands up to the strong winds. If you set it up in an open area, chances of it getting blown away are high as the tent is exposed to the wind from all sides.
But when you choose a sheltered location to set up your tent, the things around will act as a windbreaker and this will protect you from the wind gusts. A sheltered spot has trees and other structures such as rocks or a rock cave.
You should also avoid areas that have a possibility of fallen tree trunks and other heavy objects because they can get blown into your tent and damage it or even you.
3. Use extra pegs and guy ropes to anchor your tent
Additional anchoring is what you should do to secure your tent. If you feel that the pegs and guy ropes provided don’t hold your tent properly, then you can get more of them to anchor it for the safety.
The extra pegs and guy ropes will add stability to your tent to ensure it doesn’t get blown away even when the winds are strong. You can add small rocks to the pegs to ensure that the pegs stay firmly in the ground.
4. Remove the sidewalls
The side walls are obstacles to the wind and this makes the tent susceptible to strong winds. They increase the area exposed to the wind and this increases the chances of the tent getting blown away.
5. Handle repairs immediately
When a part of the tent gets broken you should make the repairs immediately. The poles to your tent could get broken as a result of the strong winds so you should repair them immediately to increase the tent’s stability.
You may not have the tools to repair the broken section comprehensively. However, you can get a piece of wood and connect two sections by tying the ends with a piece of thread. This will restore the support of the tent at that moment and allow you to get the tools that you need later on.
6. Point the tent towards the wind
This is another great strategy for ensuring that your tent is not susceptible to the winds. With the tent pointing towards the wind, the wind will not be able to hammer it down. It will ensure that it remains standing for the entire time you will be outdoors.
Wind won’t have a chance
Of all the elements that you have to deal with when you are outdoors, strong winds are the most destructive. They can blow your tent away and leave you without shelter. It is, therefore, important to ensure that your tent has been pitched properly and you can do this with my 6 steps. Follow them and you will be safer.