The Starting Point for Good Tenting
Updated: Nov 9, 2020
We here at Family Tents Pro.com love tent camping. We’re here to answer some questions to make your tenting experience more enjoyable from setup to cleanup.
First, to note is that we have been camping for many years in different climates and weather types in all types of family tents. The information provided here has worked best for us over the years, with a multitude of different styles of tents and various venues. Whether it be in the heat of summer or the cool of Autumn, these tips will give you a head start for enjoying your outing.
First, do some research into the expected weather for your location and background on the camping area you will be staying. Weather information such as expected high and low temperatures and precipitation and wind speed will help you bring the needed clothing and equipment. Colder weather can require heavier clothing and heaters or, in other circumstances, tents rated for lower temperatures. On the other hand, higher temperatures will mean increasing ventilation within your tent. This temperature may mean fans, whether battery or electric. Also, you may want to bring additional equipment such as tarps to ensure that your tent is well shaded from direct sunlight.
Once at your site, you need to access the location. Check the topography. You never want to stay at the bottom of the hill, but rather on a firm-level area, hopefully above grade so that any water or rain will bypass you and your site. Also, If camping in summer weather, you may want to consider shade. This shade will offer protection from the blistering sun during the middle of the day when tent’s usually become uncomfortable. Picking the best site can make or break your experience, so choose carefully.
Take other precautions to help ensure you are dry on your site. One additional item you can do is trench around your family tent. This trench will help any groundwater from a heavy rain be directed away from the interior of your tent. Another item would be to put your easy tent on top of a tarp to help ensure no water transfers into the interior of your family tent. The majority of tents today use a Bathtub Style bottom made from a tarp material. So why not double up and increase your security. I will also help ensure that an unwanted item doesn’t pierce the bottom of your easy tent and render this waterproofing useless. This tear has happened to us in the past, and that additional tarp under our tent was a saver.
Once you have chosen your site, now you need to pitch your family tent. This action is the time when it all comes together. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to help you achieve the best out of your tent. Whether it is a dome, pole, or cabin tent, they all have specific ways to assemble them. Usually, the methods or similar for a given style, but they all require assembly and staking the easy tent.
Staking is also such an essential part of the easy tent assembly. Here, I will typically forego the manufacture’s inexpensive rod-style stakes and opt for a beefier fluted stake, usually made from durable plastic. Also, I always bring spares. You never know when you might lose or break one. Besides, they are handy for tying down additional items.
Once your family tent is up, and your stakes are down, I consider the shade that my site and easy tent are going to have. If shade is scarce, I will usually rig up a tarp between trees, above my tent and rainfly. This cover helped keep things fresh during the hot days and added additional security for those rainy moments. This tip is one trick that has saved me time and time again. Not all sites are perfect, so you have to do the best with what you have.
Now you have it, your tent is up, and your site is complete. You can now spend your time organizing your goodies. Then off to do what you came for, whether that be hiking, fishing, or just relaxing around your campsite. Enjoy this as it is what you set out to do. The above tips will help ensure that you meet your objectives and goals.
Now that you have enjoyed your time, you need to do all of the above in reverse. I am cautious about putting items back into the proper location. Yes, this means put the stakes back in their pouch, the Poles back in their sleeve, and the tent, with all of its components back into the storage bag. Be sure that the tent instructions are secured so that you can use them on the next trip. It is easy to forget as there may be several months between trips.
Once this is all complete, I then take inventory of everything with me. This listing, now contained on our day to day cell phone and pads, is an essential method to ensure that my next trip is as fun and successful as my last. This list can include equipment used, a menu listing of food and beverages, a listing of clothing, and my itinerary for the week. I also note where I have stayed, the time of year, and the weather for the week.
If you are a beginner, this information will allow you to gather some experience. Not every camping trip will have perfect weather and locations. These items will help you pick the needed information to adapt to your surroundings and make the best of any situation and location. So you can sit back and enjoy and unwind.
I hope that you will find this information helpful. While not professing to know all, we here at Family Tent Pro. Com is hoping to impart some of the tips and tricks that have worked for us over the years. While using a variety of different tents in various locations, these tips seem to work universally. They have helped us enjoy any of our outings, as we hope you do.