How Do You Fold A Weather Tent? (Easy Way)

If you ask anyone who has folded a camping tent, they’ll tell you it’s an art. There are many different ways to fold a tent and I’ve tried many of them. 

The method that works best for me is the one where I take all the poles out first and then lay them down with the body part of the tent on top of clean surface like grass or dirt (but not mud, obviously). 

Then I fold in one piece at a time until everything is nice and neat before rolling from one end to another until everything is tied up neatly into a bundle that can fit into my backpack.

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Check the Weather First

To get the most out of your weather tent, you need to know what kind of weather you’re going to be dealing with. It’s important to check the forecast before you go camping so that you can make sure that the tent will work for your site and area.

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Take the Tent Down Carefully and Clean it Too

When you are done using your weather tent, take it down carefully and clean it. This will help keep the tent in good condition and make it last longer.

When cleaning a weather tent, use warm water with mild detergent or soap. Clean the outside of the canopy first by wiping off any dirt or debris that has accumulated on its surface with a damp cloth or sponge. 

Then turn your attention to the inside of the canopy use another damp cloth to wipe down all surfaces inside of the tent including walls, ceiling and flooring areas. 

It is especially important that you clean these items because they may have been exposed to harmful substances such as mud or dust while stored away from home over time if not properly maintained during storage periods between uses. 

If possible try not leave any water sitting inside but instead let air dry completely before storing away again until next time needed!

Place the Poles Together

Now, you’re ready to start folding your tent. First, fold the poles together in a cross shape (see picture). Make sure that each end of the pole faces in the same direction and is perpendicular to each other.

Next, place your tent over the folded poles so it forms an X shape with them. Make sure that all four corners of your tent are even as well-aligned with each other as possible before proceeding!

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Place the Body Part of the Tent on Top of a Clean Surface

Make sure you put the body of your tent on a clean surface. This is important because you don’t want to place it on the ground, and you don’t want to put it on a dirty surface. You also don’t want to put it on any wet surfaces.

If you have a nice, clean floor that’s free of dust particles or small rocks and sticks, this is an excellent option for placing your weather tent. If not, try putting it on top of something like cardboard or newspaper so as not to damage your tent!

Fold in One Piece at a Time

You can fold your tent in one piece at a time, if you want. Fold the tent in half, and then fold it in half again. 

You’ll now have a long accordion-like shape that looks like it was made for Spinal Tap. Now all you have to do is fold this accordion in half one more time and then lay it flat on the ground before folding each side over itself so that they meet neatly at the middle of your rectangular weatherproof structure.

Folding StepDescription
FlattenStart by flattening the tent, removing any air and creases.
Fold CornersFold in the corners of the tent towards the center, creating a smaller square or rectangle.
Fold SidesFold the sides of the tent towards the center, aligning with the folded corners.
Roll or PackRoll or pack the folded tent tightly, making sure it is compact and secure for storage or transportation.

Roll from One End to the Other

The first step is to roll the tent, not the poles. You need to do this in a way that makes sure that all of your stakes are pulled out and pushed back in evenly so they won’t poke through the fabric when you fold it up later on. 

The best way to do this is by rolling from one end of your tent until it is completely rolled up before moving onto folding or packing.

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Tie It All Up Neatly

Now that you’ve successfully folded your weather tent, it’s time to tie it all up neatly. Tie it in a way that keeps the tent in one piece, while making sure nothing gets lost or damaged. To do this, you will need a string or cord (or rope) and some experience with knots!

Tie the cord around the tent body by wrapping it around once from corner to corner, then going under and back over each section of material that is sticking out on each side. Repeat for both sides of each corner until you have gone around three entire times. Tie off at base of pole stakes for extra durability.

Next, do the same thing with poles: tie one end securely under pole stake; attach another long length (at least 8 ft.) so they can fit inside bag; run through two sets if possible at angle close enough together but not too tight; tie off other end so they don’t come loose when carrying.

Tie OptionDescription
Bungee CordsElastic cords with hooks on each end for secure and adjustable tying.
Ratchet StrapsHeavy-duty straps with ratcheting mechanisms for strong and tight fastening.
Gear TiesReusable rubber twist ties that provide flexible and reliable bundling solutions.
ParacordLightweight and durable nylon cord known for its strength and versatility.
Velcro StrapsHook and loop fasteners that offer quick and adjustable bundling for various objects.

Use Dry Bags if You Want To Store It Long-Term

If you want to store your weather tent long-term, it’s a good idea to use a dry bag. Dry bags are waterproof and reusable, so they can be used again and again. 

They’re also lightweight, which is an important consideration if you’re planning on hiking with your tent you don’t want to weigh yourself down unnecessarily!

Use Loose or Waterproof Bags If You Are Storing It Short-Term

If you’re storing your tent short-term, such as in the off-season, use waterproof bags to keep it protected from dirt and dust. If you’re storing it long term, however, remove the tent from its bag and fold it loosely. 

Allow the tent to dry out gradually before folding it again (as explained above). Waterproof bags trap moisture inside your tent, creating an ideal environment for mildew growth and other damaging effects.

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Find a Safe Place to Store Your Tent and Other Camping Gear

The next step is to find a safe place to store your tent and other camping gear. You want to keep it away from the elements so that it doesn’t get damaged. 

The best options are either in a bag or box (preferably with some kind of lining), or in a garage or shed.

Storage OptionDescription
Home StorageStore your camping gear in a designated area of your home, such as a garage or basement, to keep it protected.
Outdoor ShedInvest in a sturdy outdoor shed to securely store your tent and camping equipment.
Self-Storage UnitConsider renting a self-storage unit to keep your camping gear safe and easily accessible.
Vehicle Roof RackUtilize a roof rack on your vehicle to store your tent and camping gear during transportation.
Waterproof ContainersUse waterproof containers or bins to store your tent and camping gear, protecting them from moisture.

Clean Your Tent Before Putting It Away

After each use, clean your tent with a damp cloth. Use mild detergent for regular cleaning, but don’t use harsh chemicals or strong solvents as these can strip the protective coating on the fabric. Don’t add bleach or ammonia to the wash as it will damage waterproofing and other components of your tent.

When drying your tent after cleaning, make sure that no water is trapped inside before folding it up – if there’s any moisture in there it may cause mold and mildew to grow on surfaces which aren’t waterproofed yet.

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Folding a tent can seem like a difficult thing to do, but it is actually quite simple. All you need to know is how to fold it properly and where to store it when you are done using it. 

If you follow the steps in this blog post, then we promise that your next camping trip will be more enjoyable than ever before!

Further Reading

Here are some additional resources for further reading on related topics:

How to Pack a Tent: Learn effective techniques for properly packing and storing your tent to ensure its longevity and ease of use in future camping trips.

Pod 101: Everything You Need to Know: Dive into this comprehensive guide to learn everything you need to know about pods, including their setup, features, and benefits for various outdoor activities.

How to Fold a Pop-Up Beach Tent: Discover step-by-step instructions for folding a pop-up beach tent with ease, making it convenient for transportation and storage.


Here are some frequently asked questions about tent folding:

How do I fold a tent properly?

To fold a tent properly, follow these steps:

  1. Clear the tent of any debris or dirt.
  2. Flatten the tent on the ground and fold it in half lengthwise.
  3. Fold the tent in thirds or quarters, depending on its size.
  4. Roll or pack the folded tent into its storage bag.

Can I use the same folding technique for all types of tents?

While the general folding technique applies to most tents, specific tent types, such as pop-up tents or backpacking tents, may have different folding methods. Refer to the tent’s instructions or seek specialized guides for the particular tent type.

How can I prevent tent poles from getting tangled during folding?

To prevent tent poles from tangling, remove them from the tent body and collapse them according to their design. Bundle or secure the collapsed poles together before folding the tent.

Are there any tips for folding a wet tent?

If you need to fold a wet tent, ensure it is as dry as possible by wiping off excess moisture. If feasible, let it air dry before folding to prevent mildew. Follow the regular folding steps, but ensure the tent is completely dry before long-term storage.

How should I store my tent after folding?

Store your tent in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Avoid compressing the tent too tightly, as it may cause damage to the fabric and waterproof coatings. Use a storage bag or container that allows the tent to breathe to prevent moisture buildup.