How to Secure a Tent With Stakes

How to Secure a Tent With Stakes
Staking your tent is an important step that should not be overlooked. Though modern tents are made out of materials that can withstand a beating, they can't win over a strong gust of wind. A sudden windstorm can blow over the most stable tent that has not been staked down. It won't take long to stake it and if a storm arises, you'll be thankful your tent is staked and all your belongings inside, including yourself, remain safe and in place.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tent Stakes Hammer
  • Tent Stakes
  • Hammer
Step 1
Select a flat surface, preferably not on a slope, to set up your tent. Remove any large rocks, pebbles or sticks where the tent floor will be situated. This will make your sleeping experience more comfortable.
Step 2
Stretch the tent out in the area you plan on setting it up. Situate the door in the direction your want it to face, making sure it is zipped closed before you insert the stakes.
Step 3
Pull one corner of the tent out and insert the stake into the stake loop. Hammer the stake fully into the ground.
Step 4
Pull the tent taunt on the opposite side and insert the next stake through the stake loop and hammer it into the ground.
Step 5
Repeat these steps on the remaining sides until all the stakes are in place. If the position of the tent needs to be adjusted---remove the stake and pull the tent into the correct position and hammer the stake into place. You can now set up the tent as you regularly would.

Tips & Warnings

 
Avoid plastic stakes if you are camping in cold weather or snowy situations. They have a tendency to crack in the cold weather and don't last as long. They are a cheap stake to purchase though and will work in most non-cold situations. The aluminum three sided MSR Ground Hog Stake is a good multi-purpose stake that will last for quite a while and is useful in most situations and types of soil.
 
Avoid plastic stakes if you are camping in cold weather or snowy situations. They have a tendency to crack in the cold weather and don't last as long. They are a cheap stake to purchase though and will work in most non-cold situations.
 
The aluminum three sided MSR Ground Hog Stake is a good multi-purpose stake that will last for quite a while and is useful in most situations and types of soil.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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