When it comes to pitching your tent, you should never take any chances. Even if you are an experienced camper and know what needs doing; familiarizing yourself with common mistakes others make can help avoid them!
5 common beginner mistakes when setting up a tent
1. Not picking the right place to pitch the tent
The first thing you need to consider when pitching your tent is where it will be located. You can’t just pick any spot for this important decision because there are a few things that should determine where exactly in relation with other campers and water access, among others- all of which make sure everyone has enough space between them (so no one gets too close).
The wrong choices could lead not only yourself but also future guests frustrated by having their site overlapping or being right next door neighbors who constantly bothered each other during parties!
Here are 4 mistakes to avoid when choosing the place for setting up your tent:
● Pitching tent under rock or branches
Tents are great for camping, but their biggest drawback is the weakness of the tent floor. That’s why it is important that you select a flat surface like grass or soil which has no rocks or roots underneath when camping in the wild with your tent. You might consider investing in some footprint protection just as an added safety measure against puncturing from sharp objects lying underneath the tent.
● Pitching tent near campfires and water source for comfort
Setting up camp is a tricky business, especially if you have your tent near water and fire. You don’t want the flames of these elements carried to where it could cause major damage or even destruction! Make sure that no matter which way wind blows in relation with any nearby sources like dirty rivers or burned out forests – 200 feet away from them would be safest for most people’s tents during dry seasons because anything can happen at any time but better keep watch over yourself than sorry later on.
● Pitching tent directly under the sun
The sun’s rays are hot enough to cause discomfort and even heat stroke in tents. Also, the sun’s rays are the major reason why your tent deteriorates over time and there’s no fix for this!
Avoiding the problem of heat buildup in your tent can be easy with a little planning. Pitch it by a shaded area, or under high trees that will spread their shade over you while you spend time in your tent.
● Not being considerate about your neighbors
Make sure you think about the potential discomfort of your camping experience before setting up near a family tent with young kids. You might end up having to sleep in an area where there are lots of people or noise that can keep disrupting what would otherwise be a peaceful night’s rest! The same goes the other way if you happen to be the one making a lot of noise.
2. Not checking for debris
You may have been worried about pitching your tent, so you focused on the ground and ignored everything else. It’s important to look up when setting up the shelter because there could be nettles or bees buzzing around–or even something that poses a more serious risk like loose tree limbs ready for them to fall at any moment! Avoid places with these concerns as well if possible.
I always look up when pitching my tent because there are lots of things you don’t want around. Things like spider webs, beehives, and other stuff can put people in danger so make sure to check for them before setting up camp!
3. Not taking your time
I know it’s hard, but don’t rush through pitching your tent. You could end up with a damaged shelter or worse – sleeping outside without any protection from the weather!
What do you think would happen if we left our tents unattended for even just one night? The answer is obvious: They’ll be ruined by morning shadow; there’d have been nothing stopping rainwater entering along every gap- sealing them off completely…
4. Not staking your tent
This mistake is one of the top five made by campers. Not only will it keep you safe when it’s windy outside, but also make sure that there isn’t any shifting or creaking in case something else happens at night like an animal walking past (which can wake someone). So next time don’t forget about these important details: checking to see if everything’s secure? stake up those tents!
5. Not considering the nighttime temperature
Setting up your tent under direct sunlight is only a good idea when it’s cold outside at night. As mentioned before, the sun’s rays damage your tent’s fabric reducing its lifetime significantly. So, it’s only wise to do this when the sun’s rays provide comfort in the form of warmth inside your tent. When the sun starts to rise in the morning, your tent will slowly start to heat up and you will forget everything that happened in the night.
The perfect pitch is all in how you handle it. Campers have never taken pitching a tent lightly, and they should continue to be careful with this important task because bad weather can make any outdoor experience more difficult than necessary! Make sure not only are your skills sharp but also study up on common mistakes so that nothing goes wrong out there under those stars or at home when sheltering from the rainstorm.
About the author: Ally Mash is a wilderness explorer who has backpacked throughout South America, Iceland, and Europe. He loves sharing his adventures with others through blogging because he believes that everyone should be in the mindset of protecting our planet’s beauty as much they can!