You probably know how exciting it is to do camping. Trust me; nothing can be more exciting and adventurous than camping out in the nature. Instead of just spending some time, you can enjoy so much more experiences from camping.
And why not? Not only there are social benefits of camping, but there are also many benefits of camping even with your family. You can observe so many things regarding nature and you can also inhale some fresh air that we do not do on our daily life. Perfect to get all the city toxins out of your body both physical and psychological.
But if you plan to go for a camping, you must consider a few things to have and it is camping tent.
Before we set up the camping, let us know the things that are needed for setting up the tent. You should know the tent set perfectly.
Table of Contents
- Things needed for a tent set:
- Why tent stakes?
- Some good tent stakes:
- How to use tent stakes: Tips and Tricks of using tent stakes
Things needed for a tent set:
Now that we are here, let us look at the tools needed for tent settings.
- A frame tent (recommended)
- Tent Poles
- Ground Cloth
- Tent Stakes or Tent Pegs
- Mallet or Rocks
- DWR Spray (for waterproofing the tent)
Now in case of the tent stakes, better use the heavy duty stakes. That is the tent stakes that are made up of heavy steel. Then it will be comfortable for you to set your camp in a very secure way. No more worries about any sudden windy or stormy weather. Always try to use camping gears of good quality. This will prevent you from any kind of sudden calamity.
Why tent stakes?
There are many types of tent stakes that you can use. You can either use the standard that is the round-wire stakes or the ripple stakes or the delta stakes. But the question is why you should use tent stakes. As mentioned above, tent stakes are a good medium for protecting you from various sudden weather calamities.
Moreover, the stakes also help the tents to stand firmly in the grounds. A strong tent stake means you got a good chance of overcoming any obstacles coming your way.
Some good tent stakes:
There are some stakes that are most suitable for camping.
1. Aluminum: tent stakes are mostly suitable for softer soil. As you can see that there are different stakes for different types of soil. This will make your work a lot easier. It is one of the common tent stakes that you can choose.
Point to be noted: This aluminum stakes can bend or even get snapped in the frozen soil so you need to have better information on this one as well.
2. Titanium: tent stakes are the all-time favorite. The lightest of the tent stakes, but unbreakable at the same time. This stake is made into smaller diameter shape that will make it easier for you to hammer it in the ground. Also a smart choice for the hard or frozen type of soil. For they are really flexible.
You do not have to bend them at all. The titanium tent stakes can be a little expensive but it's worth it for all the advantages that come with it. Probably the best one of the tent stakes.
3. Steel: tent stakes are also one of the mostly used tent stakes, second only to the aluminum one. But I prefer the steel stakes than the aluminum one. They are both tougher and heavier than the aluminum stakes. These stakes are recommended especially for recreational camping.
They are basically used for harder soil. Even among the steel stakes, I suggest that you better use the round-wire one. This is because through this one is the most commonly used tent stakes; it will be suitable for the steel ones. Your choice.
4. V-Shaped: tent stakes will also be a wise choice for you campers out there. Packed soil or soft soil, this tent stakes will be your ideal camping pillar.
5. Screw shaped: tent stakes s also included in this list. This is because they are suitable for loose or sandy soils.
Always remember this that the shape of the stakes is also as important as its materials. You can choose your desired tent stakes.
How to use tent stakes: Tips and Tricks of using tent stakes
There are all the benefits that come with camping are known to all of you. But for that, you have to set up your camp. Some of you may not know the steps.
Don’t worry guys. Go through the steps carefully before setting up your very first tent. Here we go.
Step-1: Choose a campsite
After you arrive at your destination, take a careful look around you. Check each and every detail. Then choose the site that you deem appropriate to set your tent.
Step-2: Clean the site
Camping means no bed. No comfy. You will sleep on the ground. For that, you will have to place that site suitable for yourself and your family to sleep. Make sure to check if the ground is rocky or if a pine or acorn tree is nearby. If you think the ground is rocky or something then make sure to clear all the rocks. Ensure as much distance as possible from pine trees. Pines can fall one after another on your head.
Step-3: Pick up the stakes
Buy tent stakes of better quality. Stakes are very important for setting up your tent. It keeps the tents firm and fixed even on the windy or bad weather. That is why do not forget the stakes.
Step-4: Tie the guy-lines
Make sure that you tie the guy-lines. This is the next step that you will use after staking the tent to the ground base. Guy-lines gives a proper structure of the tent and also maximizes the interior space of the tents.
Step-5: Stake the guy-line at a proper angle
Always try to place the stakes at a 45-degree angle from its corner. It helps on waterproofing and will make the inside of your tent comfortable.
Use a hammer, back of an ax or a tire iron to hammer the stakes in the ground tightly. A straight blow will mean the strongest hold.
Step-7: Stake more
If you feel that your tent will need more staking, then you can use more stakes if you want. Just ensure that the tent is strongly held.
It will be better for you if you use hooks as well for staking. It works as a backup anchor for the guy-lines. It adds more tension to the rope via the resistance of the base soil.
Step-9: Supplementary Stakes
Tie a rope from the tent to any big rock on the ground. Then again lay a large rope to reinforce the gripping further and to keep the rope in place. This will be helpful if you face some unexpected weather hazard.
Always remember the waterproof of a tent is also very important. Either use the urethane coating or the DWR spray to keep the tent waterproof.
I hope the above information will be of some use to you. Happy Camping!