Where to pitch your tent
There are several factors to consider when choosing your campsite and pitching your tent.
- Choose a level and shaded site- both from wind and sun
- The site should have good drainage in case of wet weather
- Ensure there are no rocks or roots on the ground where your tent will sit
- Are you close enough to a water supply?
- Is the site large enough to meet your needs and not too close to anyone else?
- If you have one, can you park your vehicle close by?
- If there are restrooms facilities, are they within a reasonable distance
- Consider the layout: Where to cook? Wash up? Eat? Light a fire?
Whether you are setting up a new tent or not, it is wise to begin setting up in the daylight. This will make it easier for you and save disturbing other campers
Some modern tents are free standing but to ensure a good nights sleep and prevent your tent from getting blown around in the wind it is wise to secure it properly.
Ensure you have the correct securing pegs or stakes for the terrain in which you are setting up your tent, as different stakes are made to work in different types of earth:
- The small diameter titanium stake can be used in hard dirt.
- The bulky angle iron/aluminium stake may be used in sand or snow but may pull up easily if it rains.
When set up, the tent seams should be lined up and the fabric taut with no sag lines. This will ensure that the outer and inner tent do not touch so that the interior is kept dry.