How To Pack A Backpacking Tent

A backpacking tent is generally heavy and bulky. As such, it is quite difficult to carry around. You have to invest some special skill to be able to do so. And when you talk of special skill, this is the best place to start.

​That is because our team of expert researchers has invested their skill and energy into finding the best paths to follow to make this dream a reality. In our discussions hereunder, we are going to take you the step-by-step procedure to pack the tent and transport it seamlessly.

Step I: Pack up the fly

Commence by strengthening the fly before going ahead to fold the same in the lengthwise direction. After strengthening the fly, structure the tent in such a way that the outside portion which contains the bits that have the guy ropes is tucked inside the fold.

This procedure is not so easy to undertake. Indeed, it requires some two people to sweep the fly off the erected tent after removing all the supports. They are thereafter to fold it lengthwise. If you choose to go it alone, you might have to practice a lot to get it right.

​​​Step II: Fold the fly

​Next, move on to fold the fly. Fold each end of the camping tent so that they touch the supports that are nearest to each other. Go on to fold the tent towards the center position. Upon reaching the center, fold the tent one more time yet again. The end result should be such that the fly is the same width as the folded poles.

Step III: Roll up the fly

​Roll up the fly starting from the top through to the bottom. In particular, roll the thinnest portion of the tent which coincidentally at the center of the roof. Be sure that it is as tight as can be and then tie it up well. Rolling the fly tightly will make it easier to store in the bag at the conclusion of the packing process.

​Step IV: Work on the main tent

After you are through with the fly, proceed to work on the main tent. Lay out the main tent as though it is completely erected. Place the front door closer to the bins. At the same time, ensure that all the zips are done up plus the windows.

​Step V: Adjust the roof

Now you have to adjust the roof. Use the roof mounts to do so. Pull the canopy in such a way as to lie flat and not be too bunched up. Utilize the tubes or clips to support the rods and enable them to secure the best tents tightly.

As you do this, ensure that the door is flat. Place the excess layover above the rear door. In case yours is a dome tent that lacks a vestibule, operates in the circular direction. Pull each side of the tent tightly before proceeding concluding with the front portion. Doing this will help to peg the tent well.

​Step VI: Fold the Vestibule

​If yours is a large tent that contains either the front or the rear, do fold them over in such a manner as to make them lay flat over the tent’s main body. Place the front vestibule at the top of the tent.

​​Step VII: Fold the tent

Fold each side of the tent into the center of the tent. Thereafter, go ahead to fold it over such that it shrinks to just one-quarter of its original width.

​Step VIII: Assemble it together

Assemble the entire tent together. Lay out every component of the front of the small tent. Place the fly at the closest, followed by the poles, then to the pegs, and the remaining parts farther away.

​Proceed then to roll in the fly completely after which you are to add the poles and roll again. Add the pegs and then roll again. Lastly, add any other thing which may still remain, roll it up to the end and then tie tightly. Hit the tent to squeeze out any air from the inside.

​​Step IX: Place it in the bag

Finally, place the tent in the bag. Chances are that the tent is too large to fit the bag. If this is the case, squeeze out the air by hitting it with your bare hands. Proceed to squeeze in the tent to fit the limited space. You might as well place the tent on the ground and sit on it to shrink it to the desired dimensions.

​Final ​Verdict

​There you have it! Packing a backpacking tent is not so daunting a task. You only need to pay keen attention to the procedures stipulated above for best outcomes. Skipping any process may lead to outcomes that are not so desirable or are out of tune with the expected outcomes.

Daniel Sturm

I started this blog to provide the guideline, you towards a better and more comfortable hiking experience. I deliver more than hiking, camping and backpacking guideline.

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