An igloo or dome tent comes with connected poles that go through pockets in the tent fabric. The rain fly, or flysheet, covers the main tent, providing additional protection from wind and rain. With practice, this tent style sets up quickly even in the dark, and remains stable in windy conditions. The low, rounded structure takes weather well and provides a comfortable area for sleeping, notes the website Wynnster. Become familiar with the basic technique for erecting the igloo tent so you can take one on your next camping adventure with confidence.
Tips & Warnings
Check the area for potential hazards before setting up camp, such as animal burrows, hornet or yellow jacket nests, damaged trees that could lose limbs or water courses that could flood.
For tents with guy lines, stake each line in a direct line from a tent seam. Stake all the lines, and then adjust the tension on the line with the adjusters to get the tension even on all the lines.
Upgrade the tent stakes if the ones that came with your tent bend easily or don't penetrate the ground effectively in the terrain where you camp. Heavy-duty tent stakes with sharp tips make set up easier and often work without a hammer.
Carry a tent repair kit, available from sporting gear stores. It's often located in a small pouch included when you bought the tent. This way you're prepared in case of a rip or other damage to the tent.
Handle tent poles carefully and avoid dropping them.
Duct tape works to hold together a fiberglass pole that splits. Take care not to wrap the tape at the tip of a connecting part of the pole, as the tips need to remain narrow enough to insert into the connecting sleeve.
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