Essential How To Set Up A Tent Guide For Outdoor Camping

You’ve reached the campsite and all of you were amazed of the sights in the area. But wait; before you start gazing at those views don’t forget that you are going for a tent camp. Tent camping will not be tent camping without a tent so you better prepare your things first and start assembling your tent. To do so you must follow these easy steps on how to set up a tent included on your tent’s manual.


Location, Location, Location

One of the first how to set up a tent steps you need to take a look at is the location where you will be setting up. Just because a campground has a spot designated for your tent doesn’t mean that it is the best place to set up.

I have woken up in the middle of the night more than once with water in my tent after setting up in the campgrounds designated spot.

Take a drive around the campground before selecting the best site for camping tents. This will increase your chances of finding a great spot.

  • Select a site not too close to the restrooms. The noise of the traffic to and from as well as the smell are things most people would rather not have to contend with.
  • Find a site close to the lake, creek or river if you’re by one. These sites are usually quieter and you’ll be closer to a beach area or place you can fish from.
  • Look for flat areas to set-up the camping tent that are not too close to the fire pit. If you set-up too close to the fire pit, the smoke will probably encourage you to move the tent later on.
  • Avoid sites that are very close to the adjacent camp sites. Your privacy will be at risk if you’re close to your neighbors.
  • Think about how the sun and shade will affect your comfort. If you’re not under some trees, the afternoon sun could make your site unbearable.

Once you select your camping hiking site, it’s time to set-up your camping gear:

  • The first thing you’ll want to do is off-load your coolers and set them in a shaded area.
  • Off-load your tarp and tent gear next – lay the tarp out so that the floor of the tent be completely covered and you’ll have an extra 8 ft or so for a patio area in front of the door.
  • Set-up the tent and make sure to trench around it if you expect any rain.
  • Ventilate the tent and move in your mattresses, sleeping bags, etc.
  • Set-up your kitchen area – I recommend a fold-up camping table to set your stove on. We bring a 2 burner non-propane stove and a single burner propane stove. The 2 burner non-propane stove works best for cooking, since it does not burn as hot. The single burner propane stove works great for heating water for hot drinks and washing.
  • Set-up your camping chairs and you’re ready to gather wood for your fire pit. If you site does not have a fire pit, you’ll need to build one using large rocks to keep the burning wood controlled.


Tarps Are Your Friend

Be sure to place a tarp on the ground before setting up your tent. Having a tarp under your tent will prevent ground moisture from seeping up through the bottom of the tent and getting your sleeping bag and other camping gear wet.

Most tent come with a rain fly, but if there should be a period of heavy or prolonged rain, even the best of rain flies will not hold back the water. This is why I always put a tarp over my tent when I set up.

The best way to complete this how to set up a tent step is to use a tarp that is about 4 or 5 feet larger than your tent so it extends beyond the foot print of your tent. This will protect your tent better and also allow you to place some chairs outside the tent.

If at all possible, use rope or twine and tie the tarp off to any trees that are around your tent and be sure that one of the back corners of the tarp is lower then the other three corners so if it rains, the water will run off away from your tent.


Tent Assembling

Some tents depending on the size and manufacturer are assembled in different ways. You can assemble a small tent by yourself but the larger tents require two or more people to set them up. Whichever type and size of camping tents you have the success of setting up a tent depends on how you followed the steps and instructions on how to set up a camping tent. When it comes to assembling, the first how to set up a tent step is to check if you have all the parts of the tent such as frames and pegs. If you have them complete you can look for a level and clear area where you can install the camping tent. The area must be free from stones and sharp objects that can damage your tent. You can clear them out if you find some of these objects.

The second how to set up a tent step is to assemble the tent. You can do the assembly in different ways depending on the type or model of the tent. Be sure to follow the given directions to avoid any problems with your tent. These directions are written on the side of the tent or in the manual and labeled as “How to set up a camping tent.” In most tent models, the directions include assembling of the frame. Some tents have their frames running through the sheets and some tents are just tied on the frame after the assembly. You now have your tent after you attached it to the frame. But you can’t use it that way. You have to adjust it first in the corners to form a perfect square or rectangle. After doing some adjustments, you can now proceed to the next step.

After the tent is assembled you can set it up on your chosen and cleared area. Keep your tent fixed in there by using the included supports such as pegs, and ropes. You can place the pegs on the corners of the tent and tie these pegs and the tent using the support ropes. At last your tent is now ready for use, thanks to the “how to set up a camping tent” instructions that made your work easier. You have your tent set but still you can’t sleep yet. There are so many things that you have to do, remember you are on a tent camp and not on your room.


Storm Proof Tent? No problem!

Knowing some tips about how to set up a tent that is storm proof, will likely save you a lot of heartache and inconvenience. It might even save your life, and at the very least increase the chances of you enjoying your next camping holiday.

Setting up your camping tent the right way, and in the right place can make a huge difference to how you end up weathering a storm. Obviously, there does come a time, when a bad storm will just become too much for any tent, such as some extreme weather conditions. To maximize your tent being storm proof, you also need to make some preparations, long before you actually set out on your trip.

There are some how to set up a tent things you can do, however, that will improve your chances of riding out a storm with little or no problem, and save yourself from things like water in your tent or even worse, your tent blowing down around you!

The very first how to set up a tent step you can do is to choose the best tent you can for standing up to a storm, both for wind and rain. You want to consider the waterproof nature of the materials used in its manufacture, and look at how the tent is made, such as how well are the seams constructed? Does the tent have a fly? And if not, should you get one anyway?

Some tents claim to be waterproof without a fly, such as the Coleman Instant Tent, and a lot of customers report this has been their experience, however, as a matter of precaution, it seems that a little extra preparation could save the day.

The first thing you should consider doing with your new tent, is applying a suitable waterproofing agent. To do this you would erect your tent at home and apply the waterproofing treatment, which often comes in a spray form, and also make sure you go over all the seams with a sealer, often a wax type product that will help plug stitch holes in the seams.

Preparing your tent like this just makes common sense, and personally I would do this even for the tents that claim to be waterproof unless the manufacturer specifically states it could be a problem for the tent fabric.

Keep in mind, that the more waterproof the fabric of a tent, the less it will breathe and the more likely you will have issues with condensation from people breathing inside the tent, which is why it is important to be able to maintain good ventilation, even during a storm, and this is another point to keep in mind when purchasing your tent. Consider this as well when you are going through your how to set up a tent stages.

This is also where a big enough fly, or an extra fly comes in very handy, even just for allowing some portion of windows to be open enough to allow air circulation.

So even if your tent is ‘waterproof’ it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a fly on hand, and as an extra precaution have an extra fly and or tarp with you to improve your chances of staying dry. I don’t think you can be ‘over’ prepared when camping.

Another thing to consider on how to set up a tent that is storm proofed and choosing the site, is the possibility of falling trees. Storms and strong winds can obviously increase this danger, and while this is not related to water, it is certainly a real risk to think about in a storm.

Storm proofing your tent includes avoiding potential problems when you are setting up your camp, such as taking into consideration things like flash flooding and the direction of strong winds. Your campsite location can certainly impact on your chances of weathering a storm well.

It is always prudent to check weather forecasts prior to heading out on vacation, and obviously, if the expected bad weather is likely to be too bad, then postponing your trip might be your best option. Just another tip that could be helpful as a further preparation, is to always have some spare clothes, towels etc. in your vehicle, just in case of the worst case scenario.

Obviously, planning right from the beginning on how to set up a tent, from when you purchase your tent, and how you plan and prepare before your trip as well as your choice of location can all impact on how to set up a storm proof tent.

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