How hard is it to set-up a tent? Tips for beginners

So this is the scenario, for several weeks you have been planning a camping trip.

The day finally comes. You pack the camping gear in the car, along with your family, and cruise off to the camping ground.

You excitedly reach the camping ground.

Pulling the tent from the car you spend hours trying to set-up the tent.

Your kids and partner looking at you in bewilderment.

Struggling to put up the tent, you swear that you will never go camping again !!

So is this scenario likely to happen if you haven’t set-up a tent before?

Maybe it’s been some years since you have gone camping and pitched a tent.

Setting up a tent is not that hard. The level of difficulty of pitching a tent will depend on your experience and the type, size of the tent being set-up. The more times you set-up the tent better you will get. Unfavorable weather conditions can make it more difficult. From experience trying to pitch a tent in heavy rains and winds will make it more challenging.

This article we’ll discuss in detail difficult types of tents to set-up, the easiest tents to set-up and tips on how to successfully set-up your tent.

How to pitch a tent (tips and tricks)

Before you take off from home set-up the tent in your yard.

This will help you determine how difficult it is or isn’t to set-up. You will get some practice in setting up the tent.

Grab the Instructions

Reading instructions is not one of my strengths, but something you should do.

Tents should come with the manufacturer’s instructions.

If you don’t have any check online and even youtube for how to set-up your tent.

Check out the Ground

So you have arrived at the campsite, look for even ground to pitch your tent.

Steer clear of rocky ground, looking for soft ground that you can peg in your tent.

Once you have found a spot clear it of any rocks, branches or debris.

Don’t forget to look up, avoid pitching your tent under large tree limbs and even trees.

They do have a habit of crashing down. You don’t want to get caught underneath a crashing tree limb.

Avoid pitching a tent where water can quickly appear like a river bed. Sadly campers have drowned by rapidly rising water.

Lay down a tarp

Some campers swear by laying down a tarp under the tent (between tent and ground).

There are a number of reasons for doing so.

First, it protects the floor of your tent from rocks and sharp objects.

It also offers some protection from the cold ground and moisture from forming the underside of the tent.

If you choose to use a tarp lay it out flat and evenly across the ground.

Layout all the components

Layout all the components neatly on the ground. Check to ensure you have all the components.

Most modern tents come with tent, fly, poles, pegs and guy ropes.

Older style tents come with many components making it tricky to set-up.

Layout the tent

Now it’s time to lay out the tent. If you’re using a tarp lay the tent on top of the tarp.

Don’t let the tarp hang out otherwise water will pool underneath the tent.

Find the door of the tent, orient it towards the direction you want the door to face.

Layout the tent flat and now turn your attention to the poles.

Sort out the Poles

Grab the poles, for some tents, they might be color-coded or numbers.

If so, they need to match the corresponding eyelet.

Basic tents will have two poles that cross over. They will make an X form for a basic frame.

Tents with more than two poles are typically larger tents with multiple rooms. These take more effort and longer to set-up.

Commence threading the poles through the eyelets or clipping tent on the poles.

Once you have threaded or clipped on the tent poles it’s now time to raise the tent.

Raising the tent

This is one of the most satisfy parts because you are close to finishing off setting-up your tent.

It is also one that requires some coordination.

Hopefully, you have a partner who can help you. Otherwise doing it alone can be a challenge.

Depending on the type of tent you might have to tie or connect the top poles together.

So once you have raised the tent, straighten each corner. Once straight peg in each corner.

Hopefully, you are pegging into soft ground. Pegs can easily bend.

If you pegging into the hard or rocky ground you might need to have a hammer, mallet, or blunt object like a rock.

Put on the fly

Some tents come with a “fly” built-in. The fly is the waterproof cover that protects the tent from water.

So if you need to add the fly, place it over the tent.

Connect the fly by either tying onto the tent or clipping it on.

Remember to place the fly so it corresponds to the tent. This can be easily done by identifying where the door goes.

Once you have the fly connected to the tent, peg down the fly and guy ropes.

Make sure the fly is not pressed closely to the tent otherwise water can seep into the tent.

So now you have successfully set-up your tent. Yay !!!!

Setting up a tent in the rain

When you left home it was blue skies and sunny.

You have arrived at the campsite, clouds are forming and rain starts coming down.

How do you set-up the tent without it being soaked, ruining your trip.

There are only really two things that you can do.

Firstly, if you have a tarp set-up the tarp as a roof cover so you can set-up your tent underneath.

If you don’t have a tarp or unable to set-up a tarp the only other option (besides going home) is to set-up the tent very quickly.

Actually, you do have another option and that is wait to see if the rain will clear.

Big and Small Tents

Typically speaking the bigger the tent the more complex and time it takes to set-up.

The smaller the tent the less complex the time it takes to set-up.

For example, setting up a 1 person tent is a lot easier than a 6 person tent.

A one-person tent would only take 5 minutes. Compared to a 6 person tent would take 15 minutes (depending on the design).

Older style tents made from heavy canvas and components typically take a lot of effort and time to set-up.

Setting up a large canvas tent will require help from several people.

The effort is not worth it if you’re only going for a night or two.

Instant Pop-Up Tents

Instant pop-up tents are a recent development.

Pop-up tents are designed to make camping easier and more fun.

Its called a pop-up because once taken out of there bag they supposedly pop-up into shape.

Unlike your traditional-style tents, pop-ups are already preassembled and can be easily erected.

Making them faster to set-up than traditional style tents.

However, pop-ups don’t perform well in strong winds and have a reputation for collapsing.

If you are contemplating by a pop-up tent be sure to check out online reviews.

If you’re in the market for a new tent and contemplating a pop-up check out the Quechua 2 Second Pop Up Camping Tent.

Sleeping two it comes with a blackout coating inside the tent, which keeps the interior dark even at midday.

This tent comes at an affordable price of around $230.

If you looking for a pop-up tent that sleeps more people, check out the Bravindew Pop-Up tent.

This tent sleep ups to six people. Is waterproof and weighs only 7.83 pounds.

Final Thoughts

Setting up a tent is not that difficult.

The more practice setting up the tent the easier and quicker you will get at setting it up.

If you’re working with your partner in setting up the better you will both be.

The difficulty of setting up a tent can depend on the design, size, and type of tent.

Larger tents will take longer than a smaller tent. Tents made from heavy canvas will take even longer.

Pop-up tents that simply require folding out take much less time.

If you are looking to buy an instant pop-up make sure it’s waterproof.

Also, check buyers forums to see how the tent stood up to strong winds.

Pop-up has been known to collapse in strong winds.

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