How To Set Up, Pitch & Draw A Tent?

One of the most complicated things to learn when you are new to camping is how to set up, pitch & draw a tent.

Of course, you want to learn to do it the right way because the last thing you want is to have your tent collapse on you while you’re sleeping.


Furthermore, camping is sometimes a joyful experience until the moment to set up your tent.

With this article, we’d like to provide you with anything you need to know on how to set up, pitch & draw your tent so that your camping experience is 100% enjoyable!

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How To Set Up, Pitch & Draw A Tent?

Here’s how you can set up, pitch and draw a tent:

1. Choosing a Campsite

Tips on How to Select a Campsite

The first thing that you will do is pick a campsite. You can follow the tips shared ahead in the article to find the perfect camping location.

2. Unpacking

Unpacking tent

Now it’s time to begin pitching the camping tent. The first thing you can do is unpack your tent and accessories and lay them on the ground.

You should at least have the groundsheet for the tent footprint (two names for the same thing).

3. Lay Down The Tent Footprint

Lay Down The Tent Footprint

Your tent will be placed and built over the groundsheet or tent footprint, so the first thing you need to do after cleaning up the area is lay down your tent footprint.

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4. Lay Down Your Tent

Lay Down Your Tent

Before beginning to pitch the tent, the smartest move is to lay it down. Place the main body of the tent over the groundsheet and match the tags so that you have the hooks on the top.

5. Add The Poles

Add The Poles

Post tents come with poles that make the tent framework. A color scheme usually tells you which pole goes where: match each pole with its location (hooks) before starting to mount the tent.

6. Pierce The Poles Through The Hooks

Pierce The Poles Through The Hooks

Now you can start piercing every pole through its hooks.

7. Raise The Tent

Raise The Tent

Now it’s time to raise your tent. You’ll see that this comes naturally as you start piercing the poles through the hooks.

8. Secure The Tent To The Ground

Secure The Tent To The Ground

When all the poles are in their place, your tent is built and raised. However, it’s still not fixed to the ground, you could still be moving it, and wind could make it fly away.

So, you need to fix it to the ground. You may need a hammer or a rock to push the corner stakes on the ground.

Make sure the floor of the tent is pulled smoothly: avoid foldings that could make you stumble or that couldn’t provide a flat floor for your items.

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How to Pitch a Tent?

Pitching a Large Family Tent

Tent Setup: Pre-Trip Preparation Tips

  • Practice at home – Setting a tent for the first time can be difficult and if you do this right on the camping spot, you will most likely stress and fail. So practice setting up your tent at your home first in your comfort zone.
  • Go through the instruction manual deligently – Make sure you do through the instruiction manual before hand, so that you know what to do with different parts and avoid any damage to the tent parts. Also, do not forget to carry the instruction manual with you on the day of camping too.

Tips on How to Select a Campsite

How To Set Up, Pitch & Draw A Tent

If you want to pitch your tent correctly, you must pick the correct location.

Here are some tips for finding the perfect location:

  • Find a place that is flat, steady, and smooth to avoid any damage to your tent. Clear the area from any rocks and anything that could hurt your feet, back, or even your tent floor.
  • Choose to camp in an existing campsite and keep your campsite small.
  • Camp at least 200 feet away from any water body.

Tips to prevent wind-related problems:

  • Pick a campsite that is surrounded by natural obstacles such as trees or stones. This would be very helpful, especially if you are camping in cold regions.
  • Do not camp near damaged trees.
  • Place your tent in such a way that its strongest pole faces the wind and not the less strong ones.

Tips to prevent water-related problems:

  • Choose campsites under trees because they offer more warmth.
  • Do not camp in low areas as they are more prone to dampness and even rain.

Mistakes to Avoid While Setting up a Tent

Setting up Tent in the Rain

Rain can make it difficult to set up a tent, but here is how you can do this gracefully:

  • Carry rain boots: Campers should carry appropriate footwear to avoid problems later. So make sure to carry rain boots irrespective of the weather. You never know what you will require.
  • Practice at home: Practice setting up a tent at your home first; knowing what you are doing will help you in setting up your tent with confidence and grace, irrespective of the weather.
  • Wait it out: If it is pouring heavily, then we advise you to wait for the rain to slow down before you start setting up your tent.
  • Be cool: The more stressed you feel, the less you will be able to set up your tent. The key is to remain cool even in such situations.


Many beginners fail at getting their tent just because they don’t lay their tent down before pitching it or because they don’t prepare the stakes and poles before piercing them in their hooks.

If you follow these simple instructions, you shouldn’t have any problem pitching your tent.

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What kind of spot is unsafe for pitching a tent?

To avoid any problematic situation follow the tips:

  • Do not camp near mountaintops, high lightning areas, alone trees, or near high ridges.
  • Camp away from animal habitats, trails, or nests.
  • Do not camp near ponds, stagnant water, or swamps.

Should I lock my tent at night?

Yes, you can lock your tent at night to prevent your personal belongings from being stolen from your tent and to remain safe from animals.

Is it okay if I sleep in my tent when it is raining?

Yes, you can sleep in your tent when it is raining.

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