Here’s our top tips to enjoy your next camping trip
- If it's a new tent then practice pitching your tent before going on your first camping trip, this makes your first experience at the camp site a much more enjoyable one! Or if you haven't been for a while then checking pegs, poles and any other essential tent components is also very useful.
2. It’s very important for inflatable tents to check the pressure required for each air pole, the correct method for inflation and deflation, use of valves and practice getting the pump attached correctly and the action right!
3. For the tent to perform in all weathers it’s designed for then please use all the pegs and guy ropes supplied. Use good quality pegs, plastic ones are ideal for softer ground, storm or 'nail' pegs can get into harder ground in hot summer months.
4. A little ventilation day or night will increase comfort and help to limit condensation so, weather dependent, don’t close everything down!
5. During your trip periodically check guys and pegs as they may work loose, don’t over tighten to put strain on the attachments points as temperature fluctuations and weather can make fabrics change tension.
6. If after checking and tweaking all the guys and peg points you can’t zip a door or window up easily you’ve tightened up too much so let some tension off!
7. Take a bit of time to roll up and secure the guy lines. Lots of tents have velcro bands or bungy holders to keep the rolled up guy lines all together. This helps as they can get tangled very easily when trying to get them in the bag.
8. Zipping up all windows and doors makes the final packing in the bag easier for the same reason as point 7. Leave a small amount of the zip undone to allow air to escape when rolling folding up though.
9. Try to pack your tent away clean and dry. If you can then air the tent as you pack the car by opening all the doors and vents and then even when deflated and flat to the ground flip it upside down to get some sun and air to the underside of the groundsheet which will inevitably be damp.
10. Gauge the size of the bag and fold inwards lengthways to then roll up to this width, squeezing air out as you go.
12. Most importantly, if the tent is still damp when packing then don’t leave it too long before airing out in the garden or garage at home.
I hope these tip have been useful, we have lots of camping equipment you need for your next trip like mallets, storm pegs, replacement guy lines and much more, get in touch if you need some advice, we'd be happy to help!