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Setting Up Your Camping Tent - Critical Mistakes To Avoid!

April 17, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 92

Going camping? The most critical thing is your camping tent - do you know how to set it up correctly?

Things to Think About!

When you're planning your camping trip - the first thing to consider is the size of the tent, and how many people are going. To be on the safe side, if you don't want to get too cozy - go ahead and downgrade that 5-man tent to a 4-man tent. After you've tossed all your backpacks and miscellaneous junk in the tent, and presuming that you aren't all 5'3" and 110 pounds - you're going to get crowded pretty quick if you don't accept that the tent might not be large enough.

Better to take along an extra tent than to be overcrowded at night. Trust me, it'll make for a better camping experience. Setting up your camping tent take common sense - but experience is useful too.

Naturally I trust you to set up on level ground - I'm sure you've not chosen to camp on the side of a hill - but depending on the area and season, take a close look at the ground before you set up the tent, ants trailing along through your chosen site will not detour, they will make your night-time sleep more interesting.

Prepare For Rain When Setting Up Your Camping Tent

Camping is generally the most fun in mild weather - but Murphy and his laws won't be denied - you'll be out on a camping trip lasting more than a few days, and it will rain. That's Murphy's Law number 73 or something like that. So be prepared... I'm sure you have a waterproof tent - but the ground will quickly turn to mud if you don't use the old Marine's trick - take your entrenching tool (yep - those dinky little shovels that I know you brought with you), and dig a little furrow around the tent. Tell the kids that you're building a moat for the castle. No, it doesn't need to be as deep, just enough to make sure the water coming down isn't forming into a stream headed inside your tent.

Sometimes it's thoughtful to pitch your tent right next to the fireplace, you don't have far to go after roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories... but campfires have a tendency to shift a foot or two - and if your tent is too close, you might wake up with soot on your face - keep the tent away from the campfire... the proverbial ten foot pole is a good distance. You don't have a smoke alarm in your tent, so it's best to avoid any mistakes by others as they feed the fire too haphazardly.

Animals Like Food Too

Although not quite precisely on the topic of setting up your camping tent - you should also keep in mind that when you 'close the door' of the tent, and go to sleep - that many animals are nocturnal - and are up and about at the exact time when you're cuddling your pillow... so be prepared by storing your food in a way that doesn't attract night-time visitors.

If you and your family are ready for camping adventure, be sure that it doesn't turn out into a bad memory - see what camping gear you need, and camping tips to make your trip the best one ever!

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