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How to Properly Set Up a Ground Camping Tent

The 3 Phases of a Successful Ground Tent Set-Up

by Tyler Schuster
Apr 25, 2019

If you’ve never been camping, you should do that soon. And if you’ve never set-up a tent, well, you’re going to need to learn how before your trip.  

Lack of preparation and forethought can turn the start of a camping trip into anightmare. Lucky for you, with a little prep work and this handy how-to guide, you’ll be able to pitch a tent in no time. 

Phase 1: Selecting the Right Tent For You 

  • It almost goes without saying, but you can’t set-up a tent without buying one first. When buying a tent, there are a few factors to consider:  
  • What type of tent am I searching for? Do you need a small ground tent, family-sized ground tent, or truck bed tent? 
  • How many people do you intend to have sleep inside this tent? Are you planning on 3 people, 6 people, or 8 plus? 

What time of year do you plan to use this tent? Some models are designed for all seasons, while some are specifically designed for cooler or warmer temps. Plan out your trip and think about the time of year you might want to go camping. 

Phase 2: Location, Location, Location 

It's time to let you in on a little secret: Choosing the right location is a big part of camping. If you pick a spot too close to neighboring campers, you run the risk of being woken up during the night. Select a campsite on uneven ground and you’re asking for back pain. If you choose a ground level that’s too high or too low, you could find yourself sweating or freezing at night, depending on the time of year. 

Existing campsites are usually your best-bet, but when in doubt, trust the experts. Always check with local authorities or game and parks officials to ensure you’ve selected a safe spot for your night under the stars. 

Phase 3: Time to SetUp 

Alright, you’ve got your tent and you’ve picked your location – now it’s time to set up shop. First, clear away any excess debris from your campsite like stray sticks or unwanted leaves. Before assembly, take stock of what’s inside your carry bag. 

Grab your stakes and stake down the corners of the tent. This will keep it from being blown away by wind. Now, it’s time for the tent poles. Tent poles can be damaged quickly and often come detached when you go too quickly. Take a little extra time to slide each pole through the correct pocket and give your tent some stability.  

Depending on your purchase, you might have fiberglass, aluminum, or even quick-connect poles. Fiberglass poles will likely be cheaper, while aluminum ones will add strength and durability. Follow the instructions that come with your tent depending on pole type. 

It’s now time for your rainfly (if you have one.) A rainfly is the waterproof, outer layer that goes over the tent to help keep moisture and bugs out. The old saying goes, “a failure to prepare is preparing to fail” and we think that’s applicable to applying a rainfly to your tent. Despite clear skies or an encouraging forecast, always use a rainfly. You’ll thank us when that unexpected rainstorm hits. 

Congratulations! You now have the knowhow to successfully set up a tent and to start your camping trip off on the right foot. Start a campfire, make some s’mores, and when it’s time for bed, retreat to your tent for a good night’s rest. 

Shop for all your camping gear and more here at Spreetail. 

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