Are You Worried About Pitching Your Tent? What To Avoid

Are You Worried About Pitching Your Tent

There are many things to take into consideration when pitching your tent, and it can be difficult to know what is right without experience. I’ve made some mistakes before that took my camping trip down a notch – so keep reading to learn from my mistakes. 

5 most common mistakes when setting up a tent

1. Not picking the right place to pitch the tent

Many people assume they can pitch their tent anywhere on the campsites. But, this is far from true! You need to consider where you’ll be pitching and if there’s already someone at or close-by who might take up some space in that spot first – these are just a few important factors when picking out a good place for your tent site (or else it will end up being an uncomfortable night). 

Here are 4 mistakes many new campers easily make: 

  • Choosing the wrong ground 

It is tough enough to sleep on the ground, but doing this on a surface with rocks or branches can easily make this an experience you never want to pursue again. So be sure to set up your tent on a flat and if possible soft surface, but also with a bit of elevation. By doing this, you avoid water from seeping into the tent during rainstorms or when camping in general for extended periods of time because one-inch rainfall will fill up any shelter quickly! 

One good way to avoid your tent floor from getting wet is by investing in a footprint. It will also prevent your tent floor from getting damaged by tree branches or sharp objects that you might have forgotten. 

  • Setting up tent near water sources or campfires for comfort

A tent should be the last thing on your mind when it comes to safety near water and fire. Fires are powerful, burning with intense heat that can cause more harm than good if they’re not contained by firefighters or put out very quickly; while floods usually only bring destruction in their wake (not necessarily bodily injury). 

So just as camping means roughing it outdoors without many creature comforts available at all times–a tent isn’t one of them! It needs some distance away from sources such as campfires and water: +/-200 feet is the recommended distance between tents and an open flame hazard.

  • Setting up your tent under direct sunlight

Many beginners pitch a tent anywhere, even under direct sunlight. If you do this then after returning from an activity in the day time it can be unbearable to deal with all of that heat trapped inside your sleeping quarters due simply because there is no shade available for when those hot rays shine down on us as if they were trying to melt everything around them! 

To avoid such discomfort and danger try pitching somewhere where there are high trees or natural outcropping rocks nearby – not only will this provide some relief but also make things much easier later on by providing shelter during times when storms approach without warning.

  • Not considering your fellow campers

While it’s fun to meet new people and experience the outdoors, you should consider what your tent neighbor might be like. You never know if they will have young kids or loud parties with wild friends that keep going until dawn! Also, bring with you some earplugs cause you never know what might happen. If you want a good night’s sleep, don’t pitch your tent near families with young kids!

2. Not checking for loose branches

Many campers focus so much on the ground that they forget to look up when pitching a tent. The reason you should check for spiders and other things in trees is that it could be hazardous during an encounter with one, or even worse – if there are bees! Importantly though- make sure no windows makers (loose overhead debris) exist at your chosen spot before getting settled down into life out hereunder roofed skies.

3. Not being patient

It is important to take your time when pitching a tent. You want the perfect pitch so that there are no problems in the future, but it can be difficult for beginners who just want everything over with quickly because they think this will make them less tired than if they didn’t do anything at all!

Makes sense right? The problem arises after you’ve made these mistakes – now it’s dark outside and either raining heavily or about ready burst into flames from an errant spark flying off one of those flint stones stuck onto each corner near where I’m guessing people would. 

4. Not staking your tent

Mistake number 4 – not staking up your tent can have extreme consequences which can cost you more than just time. Imagine waking up with the wind gushing and seeing your shelter being blown away! Therefore, always stake your tent especially when camping in the mountains or an open field cause the weather can change in a heartbeat.

5. Neglecting the sun & camping season

Some campers, especially beginners, pitch tents without caring about the season. Setting your tent in direct sunlight can make you uncomfortable and even dangerous during the summertime because it will heat up quickly inside with all that energy from the sun shining on top of us! 

But what if we set out into cold wintertime? When there’s no warmth coming through those walls for hours every day–even when night falls over our campsite-it’ll take everything just not to shiver uncontrollably or get frostbite before morning comes around again tomorrow morning. In this case, pitching a tent under direct sunlight is a good idea. However, this won’t help much if you have poor tent insulation.


For many people, pitching a tent is an experience they only get to have once in their life. But with all that’s involved comes some serious responsibility and if you don’t know what you’re doing or do something wrong when assembling it can lead to disaster!