Nothing compares to camping in the outdoors, surrounded by nature. Among all types, tent camping is the most common and popular one for its convenience. However, if somehow your tent or canopy tent blows away heavy winds that might just ruin your whole camping trip.
So, you need to tie up the tent legs to protect them from the strong winds. Tent pegs. Keep the tent fly tight. Anchor the pegs with rocks. Make sure no wind can get under the tent.
You might want to set up a canopy during the daytime at your camp for making your experience more fun and comfortable. Most camping tents are built to stay firm during gusts of wind but canopies are not that strong.
A simple trick to keep the tent from blowing away
- Place heavy rocks overlapping the bottom edge of the tent, all around.
- If suitable rocks are not available, large pieces of fallen tree limbs will work.
- If neither of the above is available, dirt or sand will also work.
All of the above will help to secure the tent in place and prevent wind from getting underneath and “lifting” the tent.
How To Keep Your Tent From Blowing Away?
Usually, on a moderate or light breezy day, the wind can travel up to 12 mph but on a windy day, it can travel up to 13 to 30 mph according to the National Weather Service.
Usually, a tent or canopy can withstand 30 mph if they are assembled and built correctly. So, you should check the weather forecast before going camping if the winds will stay under 30 mph.
There are a lot of other ways to keep your tent from blowing away too. Such as-
Set up your tent correctly
To set up your tent or canopy correctly you need to follow the instruction list step by step. Initially, you’ll need to cover all the tent legs with the tent material, then you can cover the tent’s fabric. You can also visit the tent manufacturer’s website for clarification if you need it. You can be selective about the materials too. For example, you can choose a pop-up canopy made of fiberglass instead of an aluminum tent.
If you don,t know, how to choose the best tent for camping? read more about 4 Types Of Tents.
Find the ideal location to set up your tent
Make sure to choose a place that is not very windy and is naturally covered by trees that are mindful of the wind direction. Also, make sure to choose the right terrain with firm soil that can hold onto your tent or canopy tightly like an anchor. However, make sure not to set up your tent directly under a large or near the water or soggy ground area. Flat terrain with small size grass can be a good choice of terrain.
Use guy ropes
Do not compromise using guy ropes to attach as they will secure the aid of your tent. Most tents come with velcro wraps that may be used to offer extra support. Wrap the velcro wrap around the pole after your guy ropes are in place to offer extra security. For utmost security of your tent or canopy used as many guy ropes, as you can use. However, make sure to place guy ropes with no slacks otherwise they might tear.
Use pegs for anchoring guy ropes
In windy conditions, instead of using one peg to anchor your guy rope, use two pegs that are horizontal to one other. A piece of the guy rope is secured by each peg. Extend the guy rope from your tent at a 30-60 degree angle and attach it with both pegs. Use two circular wire pegs per corner if you only have round wire pegs, then cross the hook portions.
Use sandbags to increase tent weight
Using sand or sandbags to increase the weight of a tent is an old trick. If you want to use your pop-up canopy on asphalt or concrete and are unable to anchor your canopy or tent with posts, weights are a must-have. If you do not have any of the entire tent weights, try stuffing an old pillowcase with sand, or cement and attaching it to the canopy tent weights or to a regular tent leg.
Look for little rocks around your campground. Collect some in case of windy situations. If you experience any sudden wind you can use rocks to secure your tent from blowing away. For that you need to unroll your tent slowly, adding rock and pebbles at the corners to keep the wind from blowing it away. For further stability, you can lay rocks in the center of the tent.
If you are unable to find any rocks around, you may surround your tent stakes with tiny tree branches or wooden sticks to keep them safe and secure from severe winds.
Use additional tarp
Protect your tent with a heavy tarp to increase its durability and waterproof it, and close all windows and entrances to keep it from flying away. Your tent will be more protected if you use a second sturdy tarp. Placing the tarp completely over your tent and securing it with pegs can help shield your tent from wind and keep it waterproof.
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Use a tent cord rope tightly
Tent cord ropes provide security from the ground making it more secure for you. The tent cord rope not only protects the tent but also protects your belongings by saving the tent from being destroyed.
Pegs are used to tie your tent’s corners with it. You need to tie all 4 corners with the peg. The pegs would be positioned at a 45-degree angle and buried deep in the soil. They should be directed away from your tent rather than towards it, as any strong breeze will lift up your tent.
Pull the guy rope from your tent at a 30-60 degree angle and attach it with both pegs. In windy conditions, instead of using one peg to anchor your guy rope, use two pegs that are horizontal to one other. A piece of the guy rope will stay secured by each peg.
Best way to stop my tent blowing away in a storm
The best way to stop your tent from blowing away in a storm is to secure it with guy lines. guy lines are cords that you can attach to your tent and then stake into the ground. This will help keep your tent from blowing away in strong winds.
You can do this by stake it down or by weighting it down with heavy objects. You should also make sure that your tent is not in a low-lying area where it is more likely to be blown away.
A tent is must-have gear for camping. So, only buying a tent and bringing it to the camping ground is not enough. As a camper, you must learn how to set it up and how to protect it in the windy weather.
However, make sure to abide by the weather forecast and its suggestions, as not all weathers are suitable for camping no matter how strongly you prepare the tent. however, if you fall under any bad weather conditions, take shelter in the nearest base camp instead of staying outdoors.