Pitching a tent can be an ordeal, as countless TV shows and movies have demonstrated time and again. Whether putting poles in the wrong places or forgetting to nail a stake in properly, tents present plenty of opportunities to make a careless, catastrophic mistake.
That’s why it’s important to follow this one rule above all others:
Okay, so that’s not actually the most important rule, but it’s a good one to follow nonetheless, as tent and other camping gear rentals from the CSU Rec Pro Shop are inexpensive and easy ways to fulfill your camping needs without breaking the bank or taking up valuable storage space.
With that said, this is truly the most important rule when pitching tents:
READ THE INSTRUCTIONS
That goes for your tent’s instruction manual as well as the following list of tips and tricks for pitching the perfect tent. Location is a crucial element you won’t find in your instruction manual, though, so be sure to follow these and you’ll be safe and sound asleep in the midst of the great outdoors in no time.
- Practice pitching your tent in your backyard before taking it on a trip and discovering you’re missing a component or simply can’t figure out how to do it without some assistance.
- After pitching your tent in the backyard, zip it up and hose it down. This will help you find any leaky spots that need repairing.
- Avoid pitching your tent in a valley or any other basin, as it could result in you waking up to a fish fart.
- Find a flat, preferably shady place to pitch your tent. It may be a good idea to avoid setting up camp under a tree, though, because if a thunderstorm rolls through you’ll be at the base of a lightning rod. Also, branches can sometimes fall and damage your tent.
- One way to know if pitching under a tree should be safe? Check the weather report! Always make sure to get a decent idea of what the weather will look like while you’re out in the wild. Just remember that they’re not always so accurate, especially the further you get from when you last checked.
- If your tent’s on a slope, don’t sleep with your head downhill, as blood will rush to your head, which could cause headaches upon waking. And hiking with a headache is no fun at all.
- Be sure to clear the ground of any hard, protruding objects that could cause discomfort while sleeping or tear the tent.
If you follow these tips, you’ll be just that much less likely to have to resort to any Man vs Wild survival techniques. That is, if you don’t think that sounds kinda awesome.