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How to Set Up a Tent

tent-200x148Before leaving for your trip, be sure you’re comfortable setting up — and taking down — your tent. That means reading the instruction booklet and getting plenty of practice. Here are a few tips for when you’re ready to pitch your tent:

  • At the campsite, choose a level spot that drains well.
  • Remove stones and sticks, but don’t disturb the natural ground cover.
  • Always look for signs of creepy critters.
  • Spread out your tent’s footprint, or a ground cloth, to protect the tent floor from moisture, sharp objects and dirt.
  • Unfold the tent on top of the footprint. Pull out the corners of the floor and stake them to the ground, then assemble the poles and put them in place.
  • Use taut line hitches to tie the free ends of guylines around stakes you’ve pushed into the ground, and pull the lines tight.
  • Put a rain fly over the tent, and stake it down.

After camping, remember to air out your tent before packing it away. Ensuring it is dry will prevent mildew.

3 Comments on How to Set Up a Tent

  1. I love camping with my family! That helps me set a tent up!!

  2. I have a classic scout troop 2 person tent

  3. Helped me set up my tent.

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