So, you have decided to go out for camping solo. It is surely a fun and adventurous plan full of action and thrills. Camping is definitely a beautiful escape from the pampered city life wherein you get the chance to be closer to nature and its charisma. Personally I give you a thumbs up for your plan and hope you will have fun! But before you set out, you should know the essentials of camping and the most vital being setting up the tent. Modern camping tools have made camping much more easier, you have got the things, just place them right. Setting up a tent can be simple if you follow correct instructions and do not muddle up the necessary points. So let's start up with the basics that is your camp site and putting up the tent.
Steps for preparing up the campsite
Find a site that is suitable for camping
Your first and foremost priority should be to find a place that provides you with best camping prospects. If you are looking for true adventure then find a place that gives you close proximity to nature but simultaneously it should not be prone to calamities or dangers that can be life threatening. Research if it is allowed to camp in a place you want and if yes then do know the rules and regulations and follow them to make sure that your trip turns out to be a pleasant experience. Also do proper research work of your site regarding the weather, terrain, locality etc. to be prepared for any sudden issue that may arise. A designated camp site provides much more facilities like fire place, good terrain, assistance, but if you really want to camp at countryside know the requirements beforehand.
Find a flat spot for your tent
You need a flat terrain for setting up the tent. So choose a spot that gives you a good flat terrain possibly a little grassy so you can sleep comfortably. Do not go for foothills or low areas where there is a chance of water accumulating. Also look for a place that is sheltered as too much sunlight can damage your tent or a strong wind might uproot it and a heavy rain can ruin all your plans. Also keep away from the trees you feel are wrecked as your tent can do nothing if incidentally a branch falls off.
Clean up your camping spot
You may wish for an ideal bushy terrain and clean pitch but getting that camping spot in reality might not be possible. You will have to create that place. So charge up and clear your camping spot of all the branches, rocks or any other debris. Brush away any twigs or pebbles before laying out the groundsheet if you want a troubleless sleep at night without things poking here and there.
Steps for putting up a tent
- Lay down the groundsheet or a tarp that prevents the moisture of coming to the surface inside the tent. The groundsheet locks the moisture underneath and keeps your place dry.
- Now lay out the tent and all its parts on the groundsheet. Make sure you have everything needed for putting up the tent: poles, stakes, hammer, chords if required.
- Next, stake your tent to the ground. There would be loops provided at the end of the tent, tighten them around the stakes and hammer them into the ground. Staking the tent to the ground is essential as strong wind might blow it off. You need to do this step now because it will be easier for you to raise the tent by yourself later.
- Start with assembling the poles. Based on the type of tent and size there would be a number of small poles that have to be connected to form longer ones. These can be easily snapped into one another.
- Thereafter, insert the poles into tent flaps. The task can be a little tricky as you need to fit in correct poles in the correct flaps. Keep in mind that the poles might differ in size as per the need so read on the instructions to know what to fit where. New tents provide different color markings to enable easy construction.
- Now it is time to raise the tent. Pull up each pole and put the end into the eyelets provided at the end of each corner of the tent.
- Finally connect the rain fly. Install a rain fly provided with the tent to protect it from rain or wind. The rain fly could be snapped into the poles or attached via bungee cord. If you want you can choose not to install it for clear view or good ventilation when you are sure of good weather.
- Re-stake the tent if you see that it is not tight enough.
- Check your tent for any loopholes before you get into it. You need to be double sure of the structure so that it might not collapse when you are sleeping in or are out trekking.
I hope you are clear with the basics of camping and putting up a tent. Though you are clear with what to do with your tent but make sure you try your hands on it before you leave for camping site to avoid chaos at the spot. Also don't forget to take your instruction manual with you, no matter how much perfect you are at the job, it can be quite helpful. Choose your campsite, pack your bags and set off to experience something unique!