Tent Pegs and what ones you need to take camping

Most tents only come with a basic set of tent pegs. Sooner or later you’ll need to ‘upgrade’ your tent peg collection.


The tent pegs that come with most tents are the cheap wire pegs.

There’s a reason they come with your tent: they’re cheap.

They get bent out of shape if you hit a stone, slide out of the soft ground, or move in the ground so that your guy line slips off the peg.

These tent pegs are not completely useless though.  We have a box of them we take with us and are useful for securing odds and ends.

However, to secure our tent properly, we use a range of tent pegs. If your tent only has the basic tent pegs then we recommend that you invest in some better pets as soon as possible…if not, you’ll soon regret it on a windy night.

Our Tent Pegging Kit

Tent Peg Kit

On the left is out tent peg kit.

It’s not as comprehensive as I’d like, and will be getting some delta pegs (see below), but this tent peg kit has lasted well and held tent, awnings, and tarps in some pretty strong winds both on rock and sandy soil.

The key pegs here are:

Strong rock pegs.

These are a long, thick, metal spike and are very secure when driven into the ground. The set also came with a metal mallet to help drive them into hard ground.  Not one peg has bent or shaped, even with bashing with the metal mallet on stony ground.  We highly recommend these.

V-Shaped metal pegs.

These are long metal pegs but are thinner than the rock pegs above. They don’t twist in the ground (unlike your standard round wire pegs) and are good in most soils. These have held well in the sand too.

T-Shaped heavy-duty plastic pegs.

These tent pegs are good in softer ground.  The t-shape profile stops them twisting and are actually very secure in soft mud.
Despite being made of plastic, these haven’t broken yet.


..and of course the Delta Ground Anchor

The Delta Ground Anchor tent peg has won numerous awards and is fast becoming the ultimate tent peg for many family campers.

It is very secure, durable, and has nothing sticking out of the ground to trip you over.

You can read more about Delta Ground Anchors, and an exclusive GOWTK discount for them, by clicking here.


Want to make your own?

If you fancy creating your own tent pegs using a knife and some small branches, then read this post.


Sometimes, you can’t use a Tent Peg

In some situations, you cannot use a tent peg.

If you are surrounded by rocks, then you’ll need to use the rocks to secure your guy lines or edges of your tent.  This is not that easy.

If you are pitching on sand then anchor to strong bags full of sand, or create an anchor for your guy line and bury it in the sand.


What tent pegs to get

Here are a few different types of tent pegs that you’ll want to get…

Types of Tent Peg to take with you


 

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5 Comments
  1. Our family tent lifted in high winds due to the original pegs failing resulting in two snapped poles and rain coming into the bedroom. After reading this article we switched to Delta pegs and rock pegs and took the same tent (poles replaced) back to the same site (cliff top overlooking sea). The weather turned again but all pegs held despite 40mph + gusts of wind. Unfortunately the poles started buckling but we were able to slide the poles out and get the tent to the ground held by the pegs. So thank you for your peg advice! It saved our tent!

    Any more tips for camping when the wind picks up? Thanks.

    • Glad you found them useful. Those tent pegs really hold the ground well!
      Having been in a storm when camping on the top of a cliff, I know what you mean about the wind.
      Fortunately, our tent at the time had thick steel poles which didn’t get damaged. With strong steel poles in a storm, the risk is the tent material becomes the weakest point.
      Nylon poles have a bit more give, but of course, you can end up with the tent on your face and the poles snapping, which has happened to us too!
      Unfortunately, tents and very strong winds don’t mix too well.
      When the wind does get up, I use the car as a windbreak and park it on the side of the tent where the wind is coming from.

  2. Hi,
    Great post thank you for sharing this!
    Do you know if the delta anchor is good for sand?
    I’m kind of looking for a cross between a Delta and the T shaped pegs…

    many thanks!

    ben

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