How to set up tent on the beach

Blue Tent By The Sea
It is summer and you, together with the whole family, have planned on spending days and maybe nights on the beach with a tent, and now you’re right there, asking yourself how you can possibly set your tent up. When camping, one will need to know all about tents and ways to keep it warm, especially on the beach where the brutal summer heat and warm beach wind transform to a really cool breeze at night. Tent camps on the beach sound exciting, but it can be kind of distressing, too. Still, they can be a great experience of a lifetime.

Tents can easily be set up anywhere, but not too easy on the beach. You see, the beach is a sea of sand and as what many of you may know, tents stand with the help of solid, hard ground. Sand, on the other hand, is fine and smooth, making it hard to be used as foundation of tents. Fortunately, that problem can be the solution. You can use the sand to your advantage. Here are some tips on you how to easily set up a tent on the beach.

Use sand bags

First off, you need to decide which spot of the beach you want your tent to be situated. Now, get your shovel and dig a hole about two to three feet away from each post of your tent. In this method, the space between the tent posts and the dug holes are important, so make sure to make your measurements accurate. Put the dug sand inside small plastic trash bags or any kind of bags available. You may also need to put more sand inside the bags as you fill them up. Also make as much sand bags as you can as you might need more of them later. Then, tie each sand bag to each Guy Line Attachment, the rope attachments on the sides of the tent.

Use rocks

Some use rocks instead of sand bags. They wrap and tie each guy line attachment around big, heavy rocks found on the beach. They are a lot heavier than sand bags and can hold tents down pretty well, too. The sand bag method, however, is more commonly used as it is a lot easier and doesn’t require too much strength, especially when it comes to putting down the tent. But either way, sand bags and rocks can both effectively hold down your tent. Just make sure you set them up well.

Camping happy woman in tent on beach during sunny day

Camping happy woman in tent on beach during sunny day

Bury the sand bags

After tying the bags to the guy lines of your tent, burry them to the hole that you dug earlier. Put some sand to fill the rest of the space in the hole. Push the sand bag and more sand if you have to. You can also add heavy rocks on top of the holes. Make sure the sand bags are tightly buried on the ground. It will help hold your tent down even with the strong wind on the beach. If you’ve got a Rain Fly, tie it down, as well.

Adjust the tightness

You can also adjust the tightness of your tent setup in this method. Simply put more sand to the sand bags to do so. The wind on the beach can be kind of strong. For more security and stability, put those sand bags you’ve made a while ago on the outlines of your tent. The bags will help weigh the tent down. The more bags you add, the stronger the hold of your tent will get.

Add water

What you need on a beach camp are all on the beach! Beach winds are supposed to be relaxing, not devastating. In times when strong winds get a little bit tougher though, you’ll need more than just sand. You’ll need water, too. Grab a bucket, fill it with water, and put just a little amount of water to the sand inside the bags. Also, put water to the holes where the sand bags are buried. The water will make the sand bags heavier and will, therefore, hold your tent better.

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