Pop up tents are often preferred by outdoor campers, as it makes the job of setting a tent quite easy. However, it is a good idea to know how to take down a pop up tent to make sure you pack it carefully and all set for your next camping trip. Experts advise looking at product reviews to find out which pop up tent is easier to take down to make your job of packing up easier during a picnic trip.
Here are a few steps to make folding taking down your tent an easy task:
· Prepare Your Tent
Ensure the tent has dried completely. In case it had rained recently make sure that the tent dries out completely before attempting to take it down. You can also wipe it down with dry towels to make it a faster process. In case the tent is covered with mud or dirt, a sponge dipped in soap and water will do the job pretty well.
· Clean The Dirt
You need to clean the inside and outside of the tent before taking it down. A small brush or a dry towel will do a great job of helping you get rid of rocks, insects, sticks or other debris from the tent. Some campers also use a broom to clean their tent.
· Pull Out The Stakes
Most tents come with stakes that need to be inserted into the ground to give the tent enough support to let it stand steady. Hence before you pack the tent, don’t forget to pull out the stakes. You need to wipe them down with a wet cloth and pack them in the tent bag or another zip lock bag. Be careful not to misplace them; you will need them the next time you plan on setting up your tent.
· Remove The Tarp
If your tent comes with a tarp, you need to remove it next. All you need to do is pull it off the tent and fold it up neatly before placing it inside the tent bg.
· Folding The Tent
You will need to fold the tent by bringing the two top points together carefully. You will need to stand on one side of the tent, at a right angle to the door to do this properly. Then you need to grab the back part of your tent and fold it till it reaches the middle. The smaller arch of the tent needs to be brought to meet the other corners. At the point, the tent will automatically pop into a shape similar to a taco, making it easier to keep inside the tent bag. If you have followed the steps correctly, the tent should fit perfectly inside the tent bag. However, in case you made an error, you will find it difficult to place it inside the tent bag. In that case, it is a good idea to start folding the tent all over again to make sure the tent is packed correctly and will be easily accessible next time you need to use it.