How To Set Up A Pop Up Tent

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How To Set Up A Pop Up Tent

Today, I’m going to teach you how to set up a tent. There are three things you should do before you get to your campsite.

One is you need to reserve a campsite at your local council or national parks and wildlife reserve camping grounds.

Two, you need to make sure you have all the materials in your tent.

The third is you should practice because you don’t want to arrive at your campsite in a thunderstorm and get all wet.

Let’s make sure we have everything we need to set up a tent.

Observing your tent bag. You should immediately see:

  • The tents poles
  • Rain flies.
  • The body of the tent
  • Tents stakes
  • The tents ground tarp. 

Note, not every tent comes ground tarp or footprint. So make sure you buy one if it doesn’t come with it. And that’s the essential list of everything that you should find in a standard tent package.

Every tent is different, but they all have the same necessary steps.

The first step is to get your ground tarp and lay it out with the shiny side facing up.

The second step is to lay the body of your tent on top of the ground tarp.

When you lay your tent out, if you want your door in a specific direction, make sure you place it so you can see that there’s a door on this side, and there’s a door on the opposite side.

Some tents will have colored tags that correspond to the ground tarp. So that ensures that you match it to the right side.

The third step is to assemble your tent poles. Most of them easily fit into one another.

The next step is to attach the poles to the body of your tent.

Some tents don’t have what this tent has, which is a sheath that I’ll be pushing the poles through. Some have clips. So this example has a shealth, take note of what your tent has and adjust as it might be different from this.

Next, you’re going to take your tent pole and put it into these little circles here called grommets.

When you feed the tent poles through the grommets, either the poles or the grommets may feel like they are going to break. They never do so dong be afraid your tent pole isn’t going to break, though it may feel like it’s going to.

Some tents will have additional poles that will expand your tent, but your tent may not have it. I’m going to show you real quick to spit it into the grommets—the other grommet.

So now we’re going to put the rain fly on top of the tent.

I told you that some tents would have a tab that corresponds to the body of the tent. If that’s the case with your tent, like in this example, make sure you match one red tab with its other matching red tab. This makes sure the door matches up with the store.

Now we’re going to put the grommet of the rain fly underneath the tent pole.

You should fit it in there on each side, but dont tighten the rain fly just yet. Rain flies should always be fitted when the tent is fully staked.

Time to stake our tent

Doing so will ensure that when you’re moving around in your tent, your tent isn’t moving with you. If there is a lot of wind, your tent will be held firm by the stakes and not blown away.

So firstly, start by staking the corners.

Put the stake through both loops of the body of the tent in the rain fly. Make sure to put the stake in at a 45-degree angle. Now, sometimes it can be hard to push in due to hard soil, so you may need to grab a mallet. You can also use your foot or a rock if handy. Make sure to stake on the opposite side to make sure it’s tight. After you do the corners, you want to do the tent’s sides and make sure that your door is closed.

In this example, the tent has two tabs, and there may be some on the side of the tent. This step ensures that when it rains, the rain goes off the tent and not Inside your tent.

The last step is to tighten your rainfly.

Keep in mind that older tents may not come with a rain fly, so if that is the case in your scenario, you can skip this step. However, almost all new tents manufactured today come with rain flies. If your tent does have a rain fly, what will you need to do is pull up on this tab to cinch the tent to make it tighter on all corners.

The gap between the rain fly and your tents is called the vestibule.

The vestibule area is a great place to store your dirty shoes and keep them dry. Most tents have a way for you to keep your door open by merely rolling it to this loop. And you just fit this piece into a loop.

You can also roll your tent at the bottom here. And that’s how you set up your tent.