How To Roll Up A Tent … And Get it Back In The Bag

How to roll up your tent

Getting a tent back into its bag, with tent poles, inner tents, etc., can be challenging.

Here’s a quick tip for rolling up your tent and achieving that almost impossible task.

steps to packing away your tent

So, to recap…

  1. Fold the tent so it is a bit narrower than its bag.   Note that your tent should be dry before packing away.  If not, ymay will need to get it out to dry when home.
  2. Get the tent poles. These usually come in their own bag.  Place the tent poles at one end of the tent.
  3. Roll the tent up around the poles.  This should be kept nice and tight.  The weight of the poles help force the air out.  Leaving vents and doors open will help expel the air.  Depending on your tent design, start rolling the end furthest from the door.
  4. You should end up with your tent nicely rolled into a size that will fit back into its bag.   If you have some ribbon or rope, tie it around the tent so it doesn’t unroll.

The last picture above shows the tent in its plastic bag, with the tent poles, and the inner tents, all in the main tent bag.

However we usually keep the rolled tent in a separate bag than the inner tents as that enables us to get the tent out if it is raining without getting the inner tents wet, but it does illustrate that it will all go back into the tent’s original bag.

This is a really simple tip that works well.  Give it a try.

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Gav Grayston
Father to 3 kids, who loves getting out and about (hiking, running, camping, cycling, canoeing...) Co-founded Get Out With The Kids to help other parents enjoy the outdoors with their family.
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