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Adventure Outside, Camping Tips, Camping Tricks

Pitching a Tent: Tips and Tricks

As a camper, you should know to pitch a tent properly. However if you are a beginner, you may find it difficult especially if you reach your camping site in night. Due to darkness, it becomes even harder to pitch a tent. But don’t worry as there are always some ways and tips to make things easier. Here are some useful tips and hints on pitching your camping tent:

  • If you are a new camper or recently bought a new tent, read instructions given with it to pitch it properly. Following these instructions; practice pitching tent in your backyard garden before you take it to trip. Some tents also come with poles of different lengths which can create problems for you while pitching tent on campsite. To avoid problem, put dyed tapes on such poles to identify them easily.
  • Never pitch a tent near campfire. Newer tents are usually made of plastic which can be burnt or melted due to heat.
  • Avoid pitching a tent is hollow as they will be converted into puddles if it rains. Nothing more is dreadful than waking up in morning and finding yourself surrounded by water. So don’t pitch your tent in bottom of slopes or near streams. Get some knowledge about plants that like damp conditions and grow quickly after rain. While pitching a tent, make sure that the ground you have chosen does not contain those plants.
  • Find a high area to pitch your tent. Chosen area should also provide cover from excessive sunlight. Pitching a tent in shade will protect your tent’s fabric.
  • Pitching a tent under trees is good to avoid sunlight but it can create problem if it rains. Trees act as lightning rods in thunderstorms. Also branches begin to fall during and after rain and storm.
  • Tent should not be pitched on a steep sloping ground as during sleep you may slip downhill. Do not sleep with your head downhill as you may suffer from headache on waking up due to increased blood flow.
  • Before pitching tent, clear surface of sharp objects and stones. Such objects may puncture your tent. Moreover it also saves you from waking up in middle of night to remove a stone causing discomfort.
  • You should also have some knowledge about weather forecast. If a storm is expected, pitch your tent in lee of a wall so that it can provide you shelter from strong winds. But do not pitch too close to trees if strong winds are expected.
  • If weather is windy when you pitch the tent, ask your buddy to hold it or hold it down with pegs. If you will not do that, your tent may blow away and you may walk miles away in search of it.
  • Tent stuff sacks are also light weight so can blow away. Weigh down them with something or put them in pocket.
  • Good quality tents come with taped seams making them waterproof. To make this sure, pitch your tent in garden and spray it with garden hose to check for leakage. If there are leaks, apply seam sealer to leaked area when tent dries. While doing this, if you see light stitches, seal them to prevent problem.
  • A tent with a good tight outer will prevent from rain and wind. But modern synthetic fabric tents stretch when they become wet so a tent that was tight in sun will become slack in rain. On the other hand, outers of canvas tents shrink when they become wet.
  • As a last tip, I will like to recommend you bringing extra tent stakes as they can be misplaced or broken when pitching tent.
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