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Most long-time campers already know what they’re about to encounter – an out of the world experience. Outdoor adventures undoubtedly can change your life. From making you feel more connected to your real inner self to introducing you to a whole different way of life, camping offers numerous benefits for all. Merely having a break from the monotonous city life can rewire the brain to feel happier, more satisfied, and fresh. But fun-seekers aren’t the only ones benefiting from this activity.
According to research, camping, also known as therapeutic recreation in scientific terms, helps people dealing with chronic illnesses improve their self-perception and health. These improvements may not necessarily be substantial or immediate, but for someone struggling through every day, it is an immeasurable relief. In fact, setting up camps for such individuals has become a norm with many medical institutions.
Regardless of what you aim to achieve from it, your outdoor adventure begins when you seek to learn necessary life skills like setting up a tent, starting a campfire, knowing how to backpack, tackling unaccounted for challenges and more.
Here’s your lesson one.
How to Set Up a Tent?
Setting up a tent used to be an exceptionally tedious task. But with most modern tents, it has become a five-minute job. It’s quick and easy, even for the kids. If you’re lucky concerning the weather, you can do it without help. In most cases, you just need to witness it once to get the hang of it.
Here are the things you need to look out for:
1. Find a Suitable Spot
First things first, it is essential to understand that you cannot set up the camp anywhere. The idea is to survive the night and get some sleep. If you’re waking up in the middle of the night to shift stations, it kills the purpose altogether.
The good news is you can find a suitable spot just about anywhere. Look for plain or leveled ground. If there’s someplace you can level with little effort, do so. Tents, in general, have a cloth base and rocks poking in can prove to be some real discomfort.
A suitable spot, therefore, has to be leveled, preferably away from the sea (if you’re camping on a beach), and not rocky. Grassy areas offer an advantage as well as a disadvantage (which will be discussed in a bit).
2. Unroll your Tent
Ideally, tents are tightly packed to make them portable. Unrolling your canvas tent requires skill, especially if you are new to it. Always count the pieces that you unroll – it makes it easier to wrap up and not leave anything behind by mistake. Hold on to the covers and the critical pieces. But before that…
3. Secure the Floor
If you’ve purchased your tent from a reliable dealer, chances are it came with a rain sheet. If it didn’t, you might want to invest in one. Securing the floor means protecting your tent from anything that can seep in through the base.
Spread a rain sheet on the ground before putting up your tent on it. It not only offers an additional layer of protection for your tent but also makes sure the early morning dew does not bother you. This sheet also insulates the base, so the chill from the floor doesn’t reach the tent. There’s all the more reason to secure the floor before you begin.
4. Thread it through
Unroll the tent over the rain sheet. You’ll generally be able to figure out the entrance and length of the tent. Make sure the base is covered adequately by the rain sheet. Ideally, have the door facing the side with a view. Spread it out on the ground to the maximum and smooth out any folds.
The next step is to fix the rods that came with the tent. There will be three sets – two that crisscross over the tent and one for the doorway. Two of these will be identical in length, and the third will be a little shorter. Each of the rods can be joined with each other by an elastic thread. You need to hook these into each other to create a stable one-piece rod.
Place them over the tent in a crisscross manner over the seams. This is just for reference. Depending on whether your tent has hooks or folds, thread these rods in. Secure the ends in the spaces provided and your tent will already begin to gain shape. Thread the doorway with the rods in a similar manner to give it a proper shape.
Merely securing the end of the rods is enough, but you might want to implement ‘specific reinforcements’ if the weather is particularly windy. Use the rocks to keep the tent in place. If there are trees nearby, you can use cord cables to secure your shelter. If there’s a possibility of rain, install the rain shield on top of the tent to keep it dry. Reinforcements are likely to become a necessity during unfavorable weather conditions.
6. And you’re done!
Settle in the tent with your sleeping bags. Always leave the shoes out of the tent to avoid bringing in dirt. Some camping tents for families may have storage compartments that you can use strategically if required. Don’t forget to start a campfire outside to warm the tent. Having electrical lanterns can also help light up the tent if and when needed.
For safety’s sake, keep your tools within an arm’s reach at all times. Mainly if you’re camping in a jungle, danger could be lurking anywhere. Always be prepared to tackle unforeseen circumstances.
And don’t forget to snap pictures from inside the tent, giving your audience a gist of what you woke up to!
The idea behind camping is getting out of your comfort zone and getting connected with nature. But you can’t quite enjoy it if you’re lugging heavy baggage with you. It is crucial that you read valuable resources including backpackers’ guide to maximize your camping experience. Travel light, go far and explore the nature in its purest form. Happy camping!
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