Making a camping tent in the woods can be the hardest thing about camping yet, the best memories of your camping trips will surround the time you and your loved ones spent laughing over your failed attempts at making a decent looking and sturdy camping tent to find shelter in. The failed attempts in building your tent would make you laugh and have a good time, but, it is better to build and set up a camping tent in the woods before it turns dark. If you’re bringing kids, check out tips to follow with kids around for your camping adventure!
Here are crucial steps that you can plan to successfully build a camping tent in the woods.
1. Make sure you have all the necessary supplies.
First things first, you need to have all the right supplies that are needed in order to make a camping tent. You can never pull off anything without the right tools. Just like you can’t paint a picture with makeup brushes, you can’t build a camping tent without a heavy-duty rope, two large tarps, a shovel, a hammer and two to four large rocks or strong stakes.
2. Finding the right location.
Finding the right location is an important part of the process of building a camping tent in the woods. You would want the land to be soft and even. Choose to build a camping tent in between two trees that have a perfect distance between them. The perfect distance between the two trees should be enough for your tarps to stretch and short enough so that your rope could be easily tied. Avoid steeps that could fill with water if it rains and also avoid dead branches that could easily break due to the pressure of strong winds. You must also make sure that the location you choose has damp soil so that there is no dust flying around.
3. Tie the ropes.
Since, you are done with all the initial preparations of building a camping tent now, you can start the actual work. First of all, tie each ends of the heavy-duty rope in between the trees tightly. You must make sure to wrap the rope around the tree a few times before you tie it. The height at which you tie the rope must be decided carefully because you don’t want it to be so low that your camping tent gets cramped nor you want it so high that your camping tent ends up not reaching the ground. Otherwise, you can always opt for tools that makes it easy for rope tying and provide stronger hold.
4. Make the stakes:
You will need stakes to secure your camping tent on the ground. To make the stakes, pick up four strong broken branches that you find lying around. You can even make more than four stakes just so you don’t have to make more in case you break one while hammering it into the ground. Make sure that the branches are thin enough to go through the stake holes of your tarp and thick enough so that don’t snap easily. To make the edges of the stakes sharp you can use a cutter or a knife. The sharper the edge is, the easier it will be for the stake to tear through the soil. If the above is too much of a hassle, just get the stakes from an outdoor store. They have great and simple tools to make our job easier now.
5. Secure the floor of your camping tent.
To start working with the floor of your camping tent, lay one of the tarps on the ground right beneath the rope and smooth out any wrinkles in it. Then use the stakes to secure the floor of your camping tent by hammering them into the ground through the stake holes of the tarp. But, make sure that you don’t hammer the stakes into the soil too deep because you will have to take them out and hammer them in again when you are setting the roof of your camping tent. If your tarp does not have any holes to push the stakes in then you can use very heavy rocks to put at the corners of your tarp to secure the floor of your camping tent.
6. Set up the roof.
To set up the roof of your camping, fold the tarp once and then when both of its sides are equal, lay it on top of the ropes. Make sure that the stake holes of the both tarps are parallel to each other. Now hammer the stakes deeply into the soil through the holes of both of these tarps.
7. Make your camping tent comfortable and homier.
Now that you are done with building your camping tent in the woods, it is time to customize your tent and make it more comfortable and homier by throwing in some blankets and lots of pillows and all of your belongings. Make sure you put your camping snacks all in one place so you can track the food and not have it in a mess which may attract animals to your camping tent.
These crucial steps should help you in building your outdoor camping tent! Refer to basics if you have any problems! Now that you have taken care of the place you are sleeping in, you can try start cooking great recipes food with our BakePacker! If you haven’t gotten your Bakepacker, buy it here now!