Building Camping Tents: The Basics

By: Melissa Thornton

Like everything else in camping, it all comes down to a good preparation. If you go camping you need to know how to set up your camping tents, you need to be absolutely sure that you have every little item that belongs to the tent (sticks, stacks, rope) and that you know exactly all the techniques on how to build your camping tents. If you do not prepare, building camping tents will be a time consuming catastrophe and it can end up with you all having a horrible experience and going home before the camping trip actually starts. So, make sure you are equipped with the right stuff and knowledge in how to use it.

Practice and preparation

Before you go anywhere you need to put your tent up at least one time, if you have a yard that would be perfect if you don't go to a park and build it there. This way you know if the tent is complete, if you have everything and it saves you an enormous amount of stress later on if you know how to build your tent. Making mistakes is not so bad if it is in your own yard and you do not have to sleep in the tent that night.

Because you leave the luxury of home behind when you go on a camping trip you need to be sure your stay will be as safe and as comfortable as possible. Especially safety is essential on a camping trip. When this is your first camping trip we advise you to choose a location not to far from your home place, this way you can return home when you stumble upon some problems.

Find the right spot

It is best when you find some plain and even land to start building your camping tents, high land especially when rain is predicted is an absolute pre, this will help you to keep your tent as well as your sleeping bags dry. So look for even, plain and high land.

A Ground Cloth is No Luxury

This is an essential piece of camping gear, it keeps the floor of the actual tent clean and dry and it protects it against rocks and pointy objects. It protects the tents from all kinds of damage. It is a cheap piece of camping gear and you can buy it at every local camping store and even most hardware stores will have it for sale.

Hammer Stacks in the Ground

Almost all of the camping tents come with stacks and you need to hammer those stacks in to the ground. But the most cheap tents also have cheap stacks and they bent and rust and eventually break. So do your self a favor and buy some extra good aluminum or steel stacks. They need to be firm because you need to hammer the stacks to the ground and fix the tent rope tightly so the tents will not blow out even in heavy windy conditions.

Do you still want to go?

All the above sounds like camping is horrible and dangerous and it really isn't you just need to be prepared. Camping is a real fun and wonderful way to spend time with your family and friends, you are in the outdoors, doing stuff together and experience all kinds of things that only camping can give you. So prepare and enjoy...

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