Camping is great and is a fantastic way for you and your family to enjoy the great outdoors. However, before you go camping, there are a few things you should know and which tents to use is always a good idea.
This short video covers some of the things you need to know about tents and if it is your first time camping, it will be very beneficial to you.
Spending a night or 2 camping can be an exciting way to enjoy the outdoors but there are a few pieces of equipment and things you need to know, that will ensure your trip is anenjoyable experience.
Jon Simons is a bushcraft instructor and in this video, he discusses many aspects of camping with Go outdoors equipment expert Jenny Dennis.
The video is designed to make your first family camping trip a complete success and firstly, they help you choose the right family tent and provide you tips on pitching your tent successfully.
Jenny, discusses the dome tent and the advantages of the tent and its design.
The Atakama 5, it’s a classic dome design and like all dome tents it offers a good compromise between internal space and stability. Dome tents are reasonably easy to pitch, they have two poles that cross at the apex of thetent. This crossing increases the stability of the tent.
Family dome tents will often have fibreglass poles that are suitable for most conditions and they keep the cost of the tent down. Alloy poles tend to be stronger and more durable but they are more expensive and are mostly supplied with high-end tents.
Some dome tents can take a little longer to pitch so another popular design is the tunnel tent. Tunnel tents are generally the quickest to pitch and give you a lot of space, especially headroom that extends the length of the tent.
Tips For Tent Pitching
There’s a few general tips about tent pitching that are worth mentioning. The most important tip is best carried out at home, before you leave for a campsite:
Make sure you have all the parts to your tent before you leave home!
Also, practice pitching your tent and read through the all the instructions in the manual that are supplied with it. At the campsite try to find a level piece of ground and check over the pitch.
This To Consider Before Pitching Your Tent
Imagine what would happen after 24hrs of rain and don’t pitch where a puddle might form.
Try to avoid pitching under trees because the sap will damage your tent
Remove any large stones or twigs from the ground.
It’s a good idea to use a durable footprint to help further protect the life of your groundsheet.
Pitching A Tunnel Tent
Lay out footprint and then tent (doors closed) Peg out taut, starting from one corner Open doors slightly Assemble poles, insert middle pole and set a loft
Push remaining poles through sleeves working from centre Close doors and peg out guy lines
You must always peg out the guy lines on a tunnel tent, regardless of the conditions, also it’s worth trying to pitch a tunnel with either the tail, or nose into the wind.
Tunnel tents generally come with either fibreglass or steel poles and the additional strength of steel is definitely preferable if you are going to use the tent on exposed coastline or in the hills. In fact if you intend to do a lot of family camping in more exposed areas then there are family tents that use a stronger combination of poles.
Many high-end luxury family tents use poly cotton flysheets, which are heavier, but more durable. Poly cotton is ideal for camping in warmer climates as natural cotton fibres reduce the risk of condensation and help the tent ‘breathe’. Whichever flysheet fabric you opt for, when combined with a sewn-in groundsheet, you’ll find that modern family tents are excellent at keeping out rain and wind. Yet, even with poly-cotton it’s normal for all tents to suffer from a little condensation. This moisture build up on the inside of the tent, usually the flysheet, is best minimised by using doors and vents to encourage air circulation. Good tent ventilation is also a useful design feature if you have young children who still sleep in the daytime. Alongside air vents and multiple entrances, other useful features to look out for are removable sleeping compartments, storage pockets, clear PVC windows and optional mesh doors.
Choosing the right tent for your family is an important decision that will help provide days and weeks of enjoyment. Happy Camping.
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