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Tent Camping Tips - 6 Basics for Pitching a Tent

Don’t miss the 6 tent camping tips to ensure a comfortable and safe camping trip. Pitching a tent can be an extremely challenging task for inexperienced campers, so learning tent camping tips is quite important for people.

By Joy | @Joy

Updated on Aug 05, 2019

Tent camping is a great adventure for people to get outside and embrace the wild spaces. Camping tent is one of the most important camping gears. However, if you’ve never set up a tent before or if you are an inexperienced camper, pitching a tent can be an extremely challenging and exhausting task as you have to repeat the task after a failed attempt. Want to make your camping trip a comfortable, safe and smooth one? Keep reading. If you are planning a camping trip, don’t miss the 6 tent camping tips to avoid any disastrous set-up issues.

 Tent Camping Tips - 6 Basics for Pitching a Tent

1. Make Sufficient Preparations before Pitching a Tent Outside

First use: If this is your first time using a tent, practice pitching it at home, so you don't run into any trouble before you hit the trail. Home can offer you a low-stress environment to master the pitching process for your new tent. Read the instructions carefully and inventory the parts to prevent confusion and damage to tent parts. Don't forget to bring a copy of the instructions before you leave.

Second use: If you have already used a tent on your previous trip, just make sure it is dry and clean. Remember to inventory all the components and check them carefully before the trails so that you won’t end up with missing pegs or broken poles when you need to pitch your tent under a rainy sky. 

Repair kit: To help you make small repairs immediately, invest in a good repair kit. If the rain seeps through even tiny tears in the fabric, it will ruin a good night's sleep, so don't forget to pack the repair kit in the tent bags.

2. Determine Your Footprint Strategy

Although some tents come with bathtub style floors that have heavy and waterproof fabrics at the bottom, this area is also the most prone to abuse and abrasion. If your tent isn’t equipped with a separate footprint, consider investing in a footprint or a good tarp to create a protective layer between the tent and the ground.  You can also buy Tyvek material to make your own footprint.

 Tips for Pitching a Tent

3. Buy a Tent that is Big Enough

New campers always find themselves in a crowded tent, so make space and comfort a priority when choosing tent. The size and weight of your tent are not a major issue as most of them will fit in the car trunk. In general, for family camping, buy a tent with twice the capacity of the campers. For example, for a family of two, buy a four-person tent, for a family of four, get a tent for six, and so on. 

>> Also learn, Best 4-Season Camping Tents, Choose for Your Winter Camping Trip

4. Where to Pitch a Tent

When you arrive at your chosen campsite, you must spend some time on choosing the right spot to pitch your tent. Check the most important tent camping tips that you shouldn’t miss.

Follow LEAVE NO TRACE Principles

Follow the LEAVE NO TRACE principles. This list of best practices to protect our wild spaces includes the detailed guidance on where to build your comfortable tent.

Camp at least 200 feet away from water sources, such as lakes and streams to avoid contamination and provide access to wildlife with water.

Focus your activity on the areas where there is no vegetation. In established and well-trodden campsites, select spots that have already been used for camping to keep the affected areas limited.

In pristine and less traveled areas, remember to disperse use and distribute your tent to prevent creating new campgrounds and avoid places where impacts are just beginning. 

Protect Yourself from Wind and Rain

Although a high quality tent is built to cope with wind and rain, you can reduce stresses, risks, and hazards by choosing sites that offer some natural protection. Just keep reading the strategies.

Prevent wind-related problems

Look for natural windbreaks, such as a stand of trees or a hill.

Remember to avoid camping near the damaged trees or limbs as they might have been blown down by severe gusts.

Many campers want to orient their tents with the smaller side facing the wind to reduce drag, but it is more important to have the side that has the strongest pole structure facing the wind.

If you're camping in hot weather, turn a door toward the wind to cool it down.

 6 Tips for Pitching a Tent

Prevent water-related problems

Look for higher and drier ground so that there is less moisture in the air when the temperature drops, which will form condensation inside the tent. 

Avoid setting up your tent in depressions or potential drainage channels.

Seek sites under the trees as they can create a warmer and more protected microclimate that will produce lower levels of condensation.

If you pitch your tent on a slope, dig a long and deep ditch around the tent so that any rain water will flow around it and away from your camp.

Don’t camp in low areas between high places as there is cool and moist air. Also, rain can also be collected through the river when a storm strikes.

Keep the door away from and perpendicular to the wind so that it can prevent rain and wind from blowing into your tent.

TIP : When deciding where to camp, make WHERE an acronym for things to keep in mind: Water, Hazards, Environment, Regulation, Extra-comfy.

>> Also read: Popular Campsites with Swimming Pools in England

5. Pest Control

Mosquitos buzzing overnight is certainly not the way people want to sleep, so avoid floral, fruity or citrus scented soaps, deodorants and perfumes. If possible, choose tasteless. Stay away from damp or moist campsites. And choose a waterproof and all-natural spray. Burn sage as the smell of sage actually repels all kinds of bugs. You can pair with citronella candles and then your campsite will be impervious. Finally, don't forget to pull up the tent door. 

>> You may need: How to Keep Bugs Away - Camping Bug Repellent

6. Tips for Tent Camping Setup

Place the tent diagonally opposite corners first to secure the tent in windy conditions, reduce the possibility of floor creases and maximize the use of space.

Carry pegs or stakes if you will camp in the snow. 

You'll find that the Velcro straps underneath the rainfly, which can be attached to the tent poles so that it will strengthen, stabilize and help align the endosomes and rainflies.

The outer side of the rainfly has multiple attachment points at corners, so stretch out your rainfly and tighten it with the guy lines to ensure sleep soundly on the wettest and windiest nights.


Pitching a tent properly can help you enjoy a comfortable and safe camping trip. Hope the 6 tent camping tips will help you a lot.

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