How to choose a place for a tourist tent
Give preference to the corners that are in the shade in the morning. The bright sun quickly warms up the tent, and you risk waking up from the stuffiness earlier than planned. If you find a comfortable space near trees, check them out. There should be no dry dead branches above you. Falling, they will ruin the tent and harm you.
The reservoir should be located close to the dwelling. But you should not spend the night right on the shore, otherwise you will have to live next to insects and wild animals. Calculate the distance you can travel with the water tank without injuring your back.
Just before setting up the tent, clean up the area. Remove anything that might interfere: cones, branches, rocks.
What you will need during the installation and disassembly of the tent
These things will simplify the process, but you can do without them:
- A footprint. This is a strong fabric that underlies the tent. Its task is to protect the bottom of the home from punctures, as well as from excess moisture and dirt.
- The hammer. It is used during the installation of pegs. If you do not want to take the tool on a hike, you can drive the details with a stone or fix them with your hands.
- Shoulder blade. Helps to quickly pull out pegs that are firmly embedded in the ground.
- A rag. You will need it if you are going to clean the tent from dirt before packing.
How to build a tourist tent
The nuances of installation depend on the type of temporary shelter, so you will still have to read the instructions for your equipment. We will also list the main steps of , which are the same for tents of any type.
1. Prepare a footprint
You can skip this point if you don’t have any bedding. Spread the footprint on the ground. Normally, the area of such a floor should be several centimeters smaller than the size of the tent or coincide with it. If the footprint is larger, tuck it up so that water won’t leak inside when it rains.
2. Set up your tent
Unfold the tent and place its base on the ground or footprint. If it is large and heavy, immediately determine where the doors are located: after assembling, it will not be easy to rearrange the dwelling in the necessary way.
3. Collect arcs
These are the details that make up the tent frame. One arc is made of many small pipes connected to each other by an elastic cord. Align the sections by inserting them into each other.
4. Attach the tent to the frame
Place the arcs on the sleeping area. If the tent is of the dome type, arrange the elements crosswise. If the tunnel is parallel to each other. Insert the tips of the parts into the grommets — these are the holes at the corners of the base of the dwelling. Find hooks or cords on the fabric and use them to fix the material to the frame. If the tent is light, you can change the procedure.
Sometimes, instead of hooks and ropes, they make sleeves on the tent. Thread arcs through them before installing them in grommets.
5. Fix the tent to the ground
This will help your home stay in place in strong winds. Pull each corner of the tent in turn and secure it in place with a peg. Keep in mind that the parts are inserted at a 45°angle.
6. Install the awning
This material is not applied to single-layer structures. For double-layer ones, it is necessary to protect the interior from rain. Put a cloth over the sleeping area and place it so that the doors coincide with the entrances in the tent. Fix the awning on the arches, if possible, or fix it with pegs around the perimeter of the dwelling.
7. Secure the braces
This will help the tent to withstand a storm or strong wind. Details (if any) are located around the perimeter of the awning. Release them and secure them with pegs around the perimeter of the dwelling. Don’t pull too hard.
How to fold a tourist tent
1. Clean up the trash
Shake off debris, food crumbs, and dirt from the sleeping area. Also be sure to make sure that the tent is dry, otherwise it may get moldy. If necessary, wipe it with a cloth.
2. Remove the pegs
Parts that are firmly embedded in the ground, dig up with a spatula. Wipe the items with a cloth and pack them in a separate bag. Pegs scattered randomly around the tent bag can damage the fabric.
3. Remove the awning
Fasten all the locks on the product. Unhook the material from the arcs, if you fixed it on them. If the cloth feels wet, dry it by leaning it back against the branches of trees. If possible, do not place the awning on the ground: the fabric may get wet.
4. Remove the arcs
Unhook the inner or single-layer tent from the arches. Carefully remove the frame tips from the grommets. Arrange the arcs into sections and place them in the case.
5. Shake the tent
This will help you remove any garbage that you failed to notice and collect at the first stage. After the procedure, the single-layer tent, with which the footprint was not used, should be dried and wiped. Especially if the bottom is not made of oilcloth material. If possible, do not place your equipment on the ground. When you’re done, make sure all the locks are fastened.
6. Pack your tent
Spread the tent and awning separately from each other. Fold them at the seams, aligning at the edges. Make sure that no creases appear on the material. Place one stack on top of the other, and then put it back in the case.
Another method: the inner and outer tents are folded at the seams in strips. After that, the second one is placed on top of the first one. Parts of the equipment are rolled into a roll, which is packed in a case.
Sometimes it is advised to first spread the inner tent on the ground, and then put the inner tent on it, spreading it out with a crescent. Layers are collapsed into a strip. Arcs are placed in the base in a separate cover. The fabric is rolled into a tight roll. It is clamped with your knees, and then placed in a case.
If you have used a footprint, you can put it in the cover together with the tent and awning, or pack it separately.