How to Make a Simple DIY Camping Tent

If you are going on a camping vacation, it is a good idea to know how and where to construct a camping tent in the event that you forget to carry a tent. This will allow you to stay dry and comfortable.

Even though many visitors check the forecast before venturing into the wilds, the weather has a history of being difficult to anticipate.

To protect yourself and your things from getting wet if it start to sprinkle, you should construct a DIY camping tent as soon as possible. If you are going with your soulmate, then you can buy a tent that is glamorous for both of you. Here you can check out some of the best glamping tents for couples.

Make a DIY Camping Tent

You may learn how to make a DIY camping tent if you make use of some tools that nature provides along with a few tools that you bring in the wilderness with you on the hiking trip.

Step 1: Tying the Frame

Set up Camping Tent

Get the Essential Supplies

You won’t need much in order to construct a temporary tent that is simple and efficient, but you will need just a few things.

You should ensure that you have access to a lengthy piece of strong rope, 2 tarps, and either 4 posts or large boulders in the area around you. Ensure that you have all of these things.

Find an Ideal Place to Set up a Camping Tent

Find a Place to Set up a Camping Tent

Locate a spot close to 2 trees that seem to be close sufficient for you to be able to tie the rope between them yet sufficiently far apart for your tarps to fit in between them. You will want to construct your shelter at a lower altitude if at all possible.

When the sun goes down in a location that’s too high in elevation, the temperature drops to below freezing.

  • If there is a chance of precipitation, you should not set up your camp in a sloping valley because this will cause it to flood.
  • When setting up your tent, try to avoid constructing it immediately beneath any limbs that appear to be weak or dead and could collapse if there is a storm.

It’s Important to Keep the Ground a Bit Damp

When you are attempting to construct a tent or other form of shelter, this will minimize dust from becoming airborne and spreading throughout the area.

Because materials have a tendency to attach better to moist surfaces, this will also assist in the tarp’s ability to adhere to the surface more effectively.

Tie the Strong Rope Between Two Trees

Tie Rope with Tree for Camping Tent

When you finally secure it with a knot, you should make sure that you wrap it around your object a few times first. You need to take the other corner of the string and secure it around the second tree. It is imperative that the rope be tied at a sufficient height in order to prevent the tent from becoming overly congested.

  • If you tie your rope too high, the canvas walls you are using won’t have the ability to get low enough to touch the ground. If you want to err on the side of caution, you should tie your rope quite a ways below the halfway point of the width of the tarps.

Step 2: Making the Floor Safe

Inspect the Ground Where You Want to Set up Camping Tent

Be sure the ground is clear of big rocks, twigs, and pebbles before laying down the bottom tarp. Your ground tarp should be placed on a level, smooth ground without any sharp objects that could puncture it.

Spread Out One of the Tarps

How to make a DIY Camping Tent

It should be made smooth, and any creases should be removed. It needs to be positioned so that it is directly underneath the rope that you have strung between the trees. You should make an effort to position it such that it is centered under the rope that is above it.

Secure the Tarp

If the corners of your tarp are pre-drilled to accommodate stakes, you will be able to use stakes to anchor it to the floor. Put a stake into any of the holes, and then drive it into the earth with either a hammer or a big rock.

After that, repeat the previous step with an adjoining corner, being sure to pull the tarp as taut as possible before staking it down. Do the remaining corner cuts.

  • Be careful not to drive the tent pegs in too firmly just yet because you will have to redo these when you build the sidewalls of the tent.
  • Heavy rocks can be used in place of stakes to keep a tarp in place on the ground if you do not have any stakes and the tarp does not even have slots for posts.

Step 3: Set Up the Walls of the Camping Tent

Hang the Second Tarp To Make Walls

DIY Camping Tent

To cover the rope that you just wrapped among the trees, toss your other tarp on top of it. Get it into proper alignment to ensure the tarp will hang down in an even manner.

If the tarp does not even come close to touching the ground, or if it barely touches it at all, you have the rope tied too high.

Fasten the Tarp Walls to the Ground

Remove one of the stakes from the ground if you use stakes to anchor the first tarp. Next, align the slots in the twin tarps, and then hammer the spike into the soil once more. Continue in the same manner with the remaining four corners, one at a time.

If you have already used rocks to attach the first tarp, all you need to do is lift every rock and position it so that the edges of a wall tarp fit underneath it. This will ensure that both tarps remain in place.

To Keep Water Out, Embankments Can be Built

You can use pebbles and soil to block water entry into your tent if you are concerned about the possibility of rain causing it to become flooded.

Construct a tiny wall around the tarp that serves as the floor of your tent by utilizing any wood, pebbles, and soil you may find in the immediate area.

  • Alternately, if the tent is located on a hill, If you have a little shovel or a jagged rock, you can use either of them to dig trenches on either side of the tent. This will assist rainwater in flowing around the tent rather than into it.

Step 4: Common Issues and How to Fix Them

Use One Large Tarp to Construct a Tent

DIY Camping Tent Guide

If you only have a tarp but it is big enough, you can use it to build a tent complete with a roof and a floor with just one tarp. Place the tarp just on the floor so that it is directly below the rope.

Put two rocks in each of the four edges of the tarp, as well as two boulders in the middle of the tarp towards the edges.

You should first throw the end of the tarp that is not being kept down over the knot, and then you should secure that edge directly on top of the edge of a tarp that is facing the opposite direction using the same rocks.

Carve stakes out of broken branches

You can just use fallen tree branches in place of tent pegs if you have no other stakes with you but still want to anchor your tent. With a knife, whittle 1 end of each of the four branches until you have a point.

  • You will need to look for branches that have a diameter that is small enough to pass through to the stake slots in the tarpaulin but have a thickness that will prevent them from breaking. If you can easily break it with your hands, it is likely not durable enough.

How to Set up a Camping Tent With 1 Tree?

You can construct a tent of various shapes with just one tree if you are unable to make 2 trees that are spaced a suitable distance apart.

With this method, you need stakes in addition to a tarp that has holes in it for the stakes. Make a knot in one of the corners of the tarp and secure it to the tree using your rope. The tarp may then be spread out and the remaining four corners can be staked into the ground.

  • You can further secure the roof tarp to the ground by staking an additional tarp underneath it. Drive the similar stakes through the corners of each tarps using the same method. Finally, using another stake, fasten the tarp’s corner nearest to the tree to the floor.

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