Tensioning the tent – How do I make my tent stormproof?

In order for you to have a quiet night in your tent, it is not just the right choice of location that is crucial. The tent must also be properly aligned and tensioned so that you can sleep comfortably even in stormy conditions. What you should pay attention to when setting up the tent is explained here.

Anyone who has had to do it knows how annoying it can be: when you have to leave your warm sleeping bag and protective tent at night in rain and storm to secure it against the wind afterwards. Therefore: once properly set up and tensioned – and nothing stands in the way of a restful sleep while camping or on tour.

  1. Set the tent pegs correctly
    Depending on the type of your outdoor or camping tent, it is necessary to set the first pegs right at the start. Basically, these must be long enough and completely sunk into the ground.

The pegs should be in the ground at an angle of 45 degrees, with the point in the ground facing the tent. This is the only way they can absorb the maximum force. If the herring is set too flat, it can break out. If it is too vertical, it can be pulled out of the ground with a light breeze.

Warning: never press the pegs into the ground with your foot. You could widen the hole they are in or even bend them. If necessary, use a tent hammer, stone or branch.

  1. Tension the zips crosswise
    Tension the anchor points of the zippers crosswise at the entrance to the tent. In this way, the load is distributed when the tent is later anchored and the zippers can be closed without any tension or too much lateral tension.
  2. Straighten the tent straight
    Position the pegs so that the guy points line up with the tent seams to prevent kinks or creases in your tent.
  1. Use the maximum number of attachment points
    Use the maximum number of available fastening points even when there is no wind, so that you don’t have to add more pegs in the event of a storm.

Warning: Make sure that your tent entrance is never in the wind. The tent could inflate and just fly away.

  1. Use all storm lines
    As in point 4. use all existing storm lines. So that the power transmission from tent to herring, or vice versa, is optimal, use the maximum length of the lines.
  2. Tighten the fastening points tightly
    Tighten all guy points properly. In the event of storm gusts, folds or a fluttering outer tent can catch the wind. Suddenly dynamic forces can act on the tent and its poles and damage it.
  1. Control: What you need to control before going to sleep
    Everything still good? Before you go to sleep, go around your tent again and check whether the guy lines have loosened. Are there folds in the outer tent? The tent lines can stretch slightly when wet and may need to be retightened.

Did you pay attention to these seven points and optimally braced your tent? Then there should be nothing standing in the way of a relaxing camping night – even in bad weather!

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