6 tips for camping during high winds

Tips & tricks

Don’t let windy weather ruin your trip!

Many agree that planning is one of the most important parts of camping. Besides packing the camping essentials and the best camping foods, it’s essential to prepare yourself for the possible bad weather.

Windy weather is especially tricky, so keep on reading if you want to know how to secure a tent in high winds (and make sure your camping trip goes smoothly!).

1. Check the weather forecast

It’s important to check out the weather conditions before any camping trip, but even more so if you’re going somewhere potentially windy. Beware of wind and rain, and plan accordingly!

2. Make sure you have a wind-resistant tent

Maybe you don’t need the most expensive tent from the store, but it’s necessary you get one that will keep you secure during severe weather conditions. Do your research before the shopping trip, check out online reviews and make sure to get a high-quality windproof tent. If you’re not sure what kind of tent you need, check out our guide on tent types.

3. Choose the right position

Making sure your tent doesn’t succumb to high winds is the main thing you should worry about during a windy camping trip. So, once you’re at your destination, one of the first questions you should ask yourself is “in which direction should I pitch my tent?”. The answer is: direct the lowest and the narrowest parts of the tent towards the wind.

4. Pitch properly

Besides having a high wind tent and putting it in the right direction, it’s crucial to pitch the tent itself correctly. First, lay the poles out on the ground. Then lay the tent out flat and peg down each corner. If it’s windy while you’re putting it up, use heavy objects to stop the wind from catching the fabric.

5. Pay attention to pegs

If you’re buying the best tent for rain and wind, you’re probably getting steel pegs, the best ones for windy weather. Remember — always hammer the pegs down at a 45-degree angle!

6. Unpack smartly

Once you’re done with pitching, it’s time to put your belongings in the tent. Put the heaviest items in the corners to help weigh the bottom down. To prevent them from being flipped over, keep the less heavy objects away from the edges.

We’re hoping that the windy weather won’t follow you throughout the whole trip. But, even if it does, now you have all the advice you need to turn your temporary home into the best tent for high winds!