Guide to Setting up a Camping Tent

 Nicole Anderson
  Sep 20, 2018

Camping allows you to experience the beauty of nature while enjoying the convenience of a normal home. Such convenience includes the use of a toilet, kitchen, bed, and telecommunication. In Australia, which is known for its vast wilderness and land area, it is helpful to use an RV camp to travel long distances such as from Brisbane to Sydney. Before setting up a camping site, ensure that you have the emergency essentials and camping gear.

Before Setting Up a Camping Tent

Choose the campsite

Before heading on to your chosen site, know about the site’s entrance fee. Check if it has amenities such as toilets, showers, bicycle lanes, and boats. Research the internet if pets and cooking BBQ are allowed. Recommended campsites include Ayers/Uluru.

Observe safety measures

Before deciding to camp out, know the safety measures and rules of the area.

  • Use insect repellent against mosquitoes and ticks. Keep a DEET, repellent lotion, mosquito coil, or a fan against mosquitoes.
  • Watch wild animals from afar and avoid feeding them.
  • Never swim in a non-swimming area, unless it’s safe beyond reasonable doubt.
  • Ensure to look above for tree branches that are rotten or hanging; these can cause injuries or even fatalities.
  • Never set a camp in a place near the edge of a cliff or areas that are vulnerable to landslide and falling rocks.
  • When foraging for berries and fruits, watch out for poisonous plants such as poison ivy, manchineel, rosary pea, wild cherry, and plants that look like their non-poisonous counterparts. When hiking in bushes or lush vegetation, avoid the giant hogweed’s sap which can burn skin and even cause blindness. Likewise, don’t touch the stinging nettle, Gympie-Gympie, tread-softly, and the pain bush.
  • Bring emergency camping equipment such as survival multi-purpose knife, smartphone, GPS, first-aid kit, water purifier, solar panel, portable generator, emergency lights, and portable stove. Keep defense products such as pepper spray and taser for defense against wild animals. If you have got a gun license, bring one.
  • Avoid wandering alone or being separated from the group.
  • Use sunscreen during hot summer days.

Planning to Buy a Camping Tent

Buy the right size of the tent

Consider this when choosing a camping tent.

  • Choose the right size to accommodate a number of people and your camping gear.
  • Select a lightweight tent.
  • Consider some extra features such as the number of doors (ideally two doors), storage pockets, number of windows, extra canopy, and rooms.

Consider the tent’s ease of use

A tent should be easy to install and store. Installing a tent should require not more than two people in setting up poles and pegs.

Consider the tent’s material

Waterproof material such as nylon and polyester would shield you from heavy rain or snow.

Determine the most suitable tent in a specific condition

You will need a tent that can handle heavy rain, snow, and strong winds. The best tent materials include PVC-coated, nylon, canvas, and poly cotton (combined synthetic and natural). Each of these materials has advantages and disadvantages. For instance, a polyester and nylon are cheaper and easy to dry out. They also need less maintenance. However, both materials are not good insulators and are not breathable. They flap easily, lose color, and deteriorate over time. Meanwhile, cotton or canvas offers a breathable fabric. It is lightweight and quiet even when it breezes. It also smells nicer than artificially made tents.

Consider the tent’s ventilation

Opt for a tent with at least two openings like doors or windows and storage pockets for ventilation. Ventilation can reduce humidity or the build-up of condensation caused by a leaky tent.

Consider the price

Watch out for products that come with a 40% to 50% discount during sale periods. Don’t rely on price alone but consider the quality build.

Choose a camping site with shade

Choose areas with a natural shade such as trees and foliage. These will provide you with cover against sun rays and rain.

Setting up a camping tent

Assemble a vinyl tarp

Your tarp acts as a foundation for the camping tent. Ensure that it doesn’t extend beyond the camping tent, otherwise the tarp would collect rainwater underneath.

Layout the tent

Assemble all the camping components so that you can get an overview of everything such as the cloth covering and poles.

Assemble the poles

Various tents provide different connections such as end-to-end poles or bungee ropes.

Connect the poles to the tent’s flap

Insert the poles via the flaps that form an X shape to establish the tent’s frame. Secure both ends of the poles with the plastic cap.

Put up the tent

With someone assisting you, raise your tent and extend the four corners apart.

Secure the tent to the ground

Use a metal stake to secure the four corners of the tent to the ground.

Make your tent waterproof

If your tent isn’t waterproof, set up a fly over the tent and attach it to the end poles. A tent fly is an outer layer placed over the tent. It is sometimes referred to as hootchies and tarpaulins.

Before planning to camp out and buy a camping tent, consider the safety measures above.

How can Outbax Camping help?

Since 2012, OutbaxCamping has been helping Aussies find quality and affordable camping equipment and tents. Outbax can help you find all the things you need to enjoy the great outdoors. For more information, visit Outbaxcamping.com.au.

Guide to Setting up a Camping Tent

Nicole Anderson

Nicole Anderson is the digital marketer at Outbaxcamping. She's an ambivert and loves spending time outdoors. Nicole is a free spirit woman and wants to inspire millennials like her to spend outdoors and live life to the fullest.

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