Do you know how to set up your tent? Are you buying a new one and you are intimidated by the thought of pitching it with all those poles and other parts that you don’t know well? Every tent comes with instructions, that’s for sure, and with every pitch, you will get better and better.
However, without following the right procedure, you may set up your tent all wrong. This can expose you to elements and the creatures of the night. To prevent this from happening, I have created this article that will help you to learn how to set up a tent step by step.
Setting up a tent like a pro
A tent is one of the things that you need for a successful outdoor stay. With one, you are protected from outdoor elements and this guarantees your safety. You also get to keep your personal effects and camping supplies safe so they don’t get wet, lost or stolen.
Before you get to use a tent, you must set it up. This article is dedicated to help you in this regard. Setting up your tent properly will prevent leakages and give the tent the stability it needs to protect you. It will enhance your outdoor stay so take time to learn how to pitch it without a hassle.
Let’s now get started on what you will need to do to make sure that you set up your tent properly.
Step 1: Lay a tarp
The first thing that you will have to do is to lay a tarp on the ground. It creates protection between your tent and the ground. It is also great for keeping surface water away from your tent’s interior.
The tarp should be of the same size as the base of your tent as you don’t want rainwater collecting on the tarp and getting into your tent. Fold the tarp’s edges to get to the right size.
Step 2: Lay out all the tent components
Then, you will have to lay out all the components of your tent to ascertain that all the parts are present and not damaged. You should be able to see the tent’s canvas, the poles, stakes and everything else that came with the tent (look at the instructions).
Step 3: Put the tent on the tarp
Lay the tent on the tarp that you had already laid out. Put the tent with its bottom directly on the tarp. Find the door and windows and orient them the way you want.
Step 4: Connect the tent poles
The poles support the tent and you should connect them together to give your tent its structure. The tent pole sections may be numbered or colored accordingly. This way connecting the poles shouldn’t be a problem. Make sure that you make the right connections.
Step 5: Insert the poles into the flaps
The poles are usually attached to the tent’s canvas with flaps. This way the tent gets its shape when the poles are stretched out. The poles also cross each other at the top to form an X. You should make sure that you attach the poles to the right flaps.
The tent will have instructions that will explain how the poles should be attached. Consult the tent’s manual to get the tent standing.
Step 6: Raise the tent
With the poles connected and attached to the flaps, the next thing that you will have to do it to raise it. This is a task that requires some coordination. You should get someone to help you raise the tent especially if you are dealing with a large unit.
When you raise the tent, the poles will straighten up and snap into place. The shape of the tent will start to appear and you should pull the ends to get a defined structure.
Step 7: Anchor the tent to the ground
You will need to anchor the tent to the ground to make it stable and you can do this by using the stakes provided. Get the stakes at the lower end of the tent’s structure and push them into the ground.
You may need to use a hammer to drive the stakes into the ground if you are camping on hard ground. You should, however, be careful when driving the stakes as some are not that strong and you may damage them with some heavy pounding.
Step 8: Set the rain fly
The rain fly adds a cover to the tent and you should install it to keep the rain away. Some rain fly comes with separate poles for installation. Set them up according to their instructions.
Pitching is easy when you practice
Setting up a tent is one of the skills that you need as a camper to stay safe and protected. Meanwhile some camping tents have poles for assembling, some are sticthed to the material and you will just have to throw the tent in the air to pitch a tent. These are called pop up tents which are one of the easiest tents to set up.
If you have a camping tent with poles consider my tips to pitch a tent. Follow the steps and the instructions of the tent and you will camp in no time.