These tent tips will help you hit the woods like a seasoned pro and get the most use out of your tent. Camping tents have really improved over the years and most of them are easy to set-up and maintain. By spending a few minutes before your trip familiarizing yourself and preparing your tent, you can save hours of frustration and discomfort.
Like other tips and lessons-learned on this site, many of the tent tips below were accumulated by learning the hard way (my specialty, unfortunately ;-). There’s nothing like getting into the woods with no tent stakes or sleeping under a dripping seam to motivate you to do things different on the next trip. I hope these tips help you prepare for your trip…
Inventory the tent:
If you just purchased a new tent or if you’re dusting off an old tent for your next campout, you’ll want to do a quick inventory to make sure that you have everything. Some tents come with an inventory sheet or checklist. It’s a good idea to laminate this card and pack with your tent. Something as minor as a few missing tent stakes or a tent pole can quickly transform your nice tent into a baggy lean-to. The best way to ensure that have everything that you need is to practice setting it up…
Practice setting up the tent:
Setting up the tent in your backyard is worth the time and effort. By practicing the set-up, you’ll be able to better plan for your trip into the woods. Setting up the tent at dusk in the woods, when everyone is tired and ready to sleep, is not the best time to learn. By doing a dry-run at home you’ll have time to lay out the tent poles and carefully raise the tent. You’ll also be able to count the tent stakes and replace the ones that are overly rusted or severely bent. And by packing the tent back up, you’ll be able to remember where all the pieces are…just in case you find yourself fumbling with it in the dark!
Inspect the screens & zippers:
Waterproof the tent seams:
Air out the tent after your campout:
If you’ve found the tent tips above useful, you might also like the other camping tips. If you have other tips that you think would be useful to add to this list, please comment below or contact us and we’ll gladly share those tips on-line.