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The Importance of the Tent to Your Camping Fun

Updated on July 6, 2014
A Tent For Us All
A Tent For Us All | Source

The Importance of the Tent to Your Camping Fun

One of the important parts of an outfit to bring when you go camping is the tent. Shelter is one of the most basic needs in any situation. A good tent can give you a place to be warm and dry in the wet weather. It also gives you a place to get out of the sun and avoid heat exhaustion.

A big enough tent can give you space to play games, read, tell stories and sleep of course. It will also give you a place to keep food and clothing clean and dry. At night the tent can be a safe place to keep everyone together.


Store Bought Tent

A store bought tent can be good enough for your purposes. There are many choices available online or in stores. If possible you want a tent that is 11 x 14 feet for four people. That will give each person plenty of space.

A piece of canvas can be tied to poles or a tree if needed outside the tent to extend your area. It can be used for shade or a place to eat. You do not want to eat or snack in the tent if possible. You do not attract ants or other bugs to your sleeping area. They are the devil to get rid of and you will probably have to just move your tent.

You want to look for a tent made of canvas or even balloon silk if possible. The balloon silk is much lighter to carry. Unfortunately it will also cost more. If you can afford it the balloon silk tent is well worth the money.

Another little tip is about a fly. You need to look for a tent with a fly. A fly is an inside roof. It will help keep your tent waterproof. If it rains you will be very grateful for the extra protection.

Setting Up a Tent
Setting Up a Tent | Source


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My Favorite Tent Quotes

"It always rains on tents. Rainstorms will travel thousands of miles, against prevailing winds for the opportunity to rain on a tent." Dave Barry

"If the camel once gets his nose inside the tent, his body will soon follow." Arabian proverb

"Slumber not in the tents of your fathers. The world is advancing." Giuseppe Mazzini

"Anyone who has spent a few nights in a tent during a storm can tell you: The world doesn't care all that much if you live or die." Anthony Doerr

"Watson, you idiot. Somebody stole our tent" Sherlock Holmes

DIY Tent

The best tent to keep warm is a lean-to tent that you can make yourself. Only one end is open. You build a fire at the other end to keep warm. If you buy a tent you will already have metal poles and pegs. These are the strongest.

If you have a tent that ever becomes damaged you will want to hang onto those parts Sometimes you can find the metal poles and pegs if you ask friends for damaged tents. You can get damaged tents inexpensively at garage sales, Goodwill stores, or other thrift stores.

If you make your tent you might have to cut your own poles or pegs. The best time to make them is before you get to the woods or the camp ground. Another good idea is to practice pitching your tent at home.

That way you can get a feel for it and be able to do it as quickly as possible. This is true whether you buy a tent or make it. You might even sleep in it for a few nights to see how you like it.

The First Camping Activity

When you get to the camp ground the first thing to do is to plan the area you plan to pitch your tent inside. Then clean the entire area you have planned. There is nothing more annoying than figuring out a rock or root is under your tent after you have already put it up. That can ruin the whole night's sleep.

You should plan for about four hours of daylight to make your camp. That includes putting up the tent. If you do not allow this much time it will be cut into the campfire time. It can also easily mean you will be stuck in the rain. Planning for your tent and pitching it is definitely a priority when you reach your campsite. A tent is the first part of your outfit that you need to acquire and learn to use.


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    • vespawoolf profile image


      4 years ago from Peru, South America

      This makes me want to go buy a tent! I like the idea of a tent made of balloon silk. Kids love them, too. Thank you for sharing!

    • Lastheart profile image

      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I love camping, but those around me not. I love to camp near the beach of the island name Culebra.

      Great hub, more people should understand the fun and convenience of camping.

    • SANJAY LAKHANPAL profile image

      Sanjay Sharma 

      4 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      I love to stay in tents. Nice hub.

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great suggestions for camping trips and your ideas are so helpful.

    • Brian Prickril profile image

      Brian Prickril 

      5 years ago from Savannah, GA

      I've been camping since I was a little boy. After several years in a big tent, my parents upgraded to a camper which was cool. But when I grew up and started camping on my own, my personal choice was a tent. There's just something about it.

    • CraftytotheCore profile image


      5 years ago

      Really great tips on camping! They make some really awesome tents these days.

    • CozyPozy profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      I've been wanting to go tent camping. I think it would be tremendous fun, but had never thought of making my own lean-to tent. What a smart & economical idea!


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