Trying to set up a tent just before a storm coming can be nerve wracking especially when you’ve got children tagging along who want to be as helpful as they possibly can be. Getting kids involved in setting up camping equipment will actually teach them to respect the property. It doesn’t have to be a stressful situation at all if you follow these easy steps to get your family tent set up in no time.
Read The Instructions – All tents can be different and that means you have to read the instructions.
Wide Open Spaces – Make sure that you pick a space that is not only flat but also open. Ensure that it is close enough to the fire that if it gets cold at night, it will be easy for to keep warm, but not too close to that you might set the tent on fire. Make sure that you check which direction the wind is coming from and make sure that you position the door away from the winds that might come through. Do not set up in dry washes because of flash flooding and make sure that you keep your sleeping area away from the cooking and toilet area of the camp.
Lay out the materials – Laying out all the pieces of the tent will help you keep track of what you have and also what you’ve used and what you will use next. Sometimes the pieces come labeled and sometimes they do not.
Inside Out – Work from the inside out meaning that you will do the inner most poles and attachments first then work your way out to the edges. Ensuring that you’ve left yourself enough space on both sides so that it can be stretched out properly when the pegs go into the ground.
Tent Poles – Put together your tent poles before you start working. Most of the modern tent poles now have elastic ties which hold them together so they are very easy to take down and to put into place.
- Tent Sleeves – Place the poles through the tent sleeves and it should make an x at the top.
Tent pegs – Position the poles and pegs together on the ground and use a rubber mallet to pound these into the ground ensure that they are secure. You will do this usually with 4 sides some of the larger tents will have 6.
Tent Fly – This is usually used to keep out the rain and insects. If you decide not to use use, make sure that the weather is great.