Using A Tree Tent From Day To Night
At Tentsile, we understand that you like to adventure in many different ways. Sometimes, you just want to have some fun in the backyard, while other times you want to go deep into the wildness and disappear for a week, a month, or a year… luckily, we have you covered! Our Team is dedicated to making sure that you get what you need and if we don’t have it already, you can contact us directly and talk to us about your needs and we will always see what we can do to help you out on those special requests!
The website has been set out to give you many different browsing options by product weight, use, occupancy and size. We have categorised all our accessories in the same way as our Tree Tents and Giant Hammocks, while the search function will allow you to find a product that you may have seen elsewhere, and do not know the name of!
One of the best ways to find the right model for you is to look at our weight categories: Lightweight for backpacking and hiking (these have blue fabric floors); Medium-weight for standard family use (these have green fabric floors), whether it be in the backcountry or the backyard; or our heavyweight Safari Range (with beige fabric floors) which is suited for hard-wearing use such as longer-term camps and rentals. Whatever you intend to use your Tentsile for, there is something to fit the bill and always a way to achieve the best outcome!
Whether you are super-light solo camping with a sleeping bag and need mosquito protection and gear storage, or you want a cosy nest for the whole family to hide in away from the rain, wind or bugs, we have a model that will suit you. Tried and tested, with the high quality you expect from Tentsile, we are here to make sure your camping experience is elevated to the next level.
Camping trips and styles can vary widely and so need different priority lists to make them successful. For instance, if you are going solo, you want to be light and agile, only taking the bare essentials so that you get to travel further and have less gear to carry. Many backpackers opt for the lightest possible solution, such as the Tentsile Flite 2-Person Hammock Tent. Comfort is another big consideration; if you don’t sleep well, you could find yourself achy, unfocussed and tired. We recommend you think long and hard about the equipment you want to bring and make sure you will use everything in your bag. If in doubt, leave it out.
For a group or family camping trip, you make want to bring the kitchen sink! Fine, if you have a car park nearby. And if you have kids, the opposite applies to solo camping. You probably want to bring more than you think… they need to be constantly entertained and busy! It’s a good job camping in a suspended tree tent is so fun! The only downside is that you may need to bring more than one; there is nothing relaxing about hanging out in a Tentsile Tree Tent or Giant Hammock that is being used as a spaceship, jump station or trampoline!
In any case, there are some items that are really important for both extreme scenarios…
Just in case this is your first time, we would recommend not skimping on your bug net, blankets, food, cooking stove and toilet roll, and bring double the amount of water you think you’ll need. It cannot be understated how important staying hydrated in the wild is! A First Aid kit, complete will bandage, plasters (band-aids), antiseptic cream and sanitiser gel, insect repellents, a safety pin and tweezers and phone charger is always useful too!
Oh, and one last thing: bring a sense of humour. Something is bound to go wrong, and you’ll need to see the funny side in order to find the best solution to fix the problem!
Tentsile invented Tree Tents so that you can expand your appreciation of trees. You can now camp connected to them, feel their strength, their bark, their moving limbs and know that they are alive. You can do all this with a treehouse that pops up right out of a bag and sets up in no time at all. Camping will never be the same once you have perfected your ability to set up a Tentsile Tree Tent properly—you’ll never choose to camp in a ground tent again!
First, though, you’ll need to get to grips with some basic information that will help you stay safe, comfortable and mosquito-free. The first rule is to make sure that the trees you intend to anchor to are healthy and strong. Visual signs on this are easy to spot. No leaves? Usually, this would indicate a dead tree—do not use! Also, signs of decay, including fungus and mushrooms growing from the trunk, are a clear sign of rotting wood and should be avoided. If in doubt, choose another tree.
Ground conditions are also important. A healthy tree may not always be rooted in firm ground. Sandy substrates are common and will not hold a tree steady if a lateral side load is applied to it. Make sure that your trees are fully rooted in good ground, and that the tree is strong enough to take the load! We recommend that the tree trunk should be no less than 12”/30 cm in diameter—this is a good, strong tree.
Any three trees will work as long as the angle between each of them is less than 90 degrees. That means no right angles! And if you need to use a right angle, you will need to come right up to the tree trunk on that one; we would suggest using the ‘tail’ of the tree tent for this. You will also need to use a slightly different set-up for your ratchet if you are this close to the tree. We call this a basket loop!
Alignment is key for a good night’s sleep. The closer you are to getting the under-floor straps and orange straps to line up perfectly, the tighter the tent or hammock will be and the better it will feel. There is a six to seven-degree margin of tolerance, but the closer you can get to straight, the better it will feel when you get inside.If you cannot find three trees that work, then you may have to improvise, and that’s ok! Tentsile camping gear is made to be infinitely versatile, you just need to use some common sense and possibly a fourth ratchet and strap to pull one of the main straps into alignment. We have videos on how to do this and also how to increase the length of a strap to reach a tree that is at a better angle for your set-up.
Lengthening the straps is ok, but you want to use a carabiner to do it or else you may never get them free of each other again. We have seen straps fused together by the forces needed to set up a Tree Tent, and it isn’t fun! Also, if the distance is too great, we would recommend using a five-ton ratchet and a 2”/50mm strap. The longer the strap, the more it stretches, but the wider the strap, the less it stretches.
You cannot over-tighten your straps. Do not worry, the product will not break! However, it will stretch (especially when it is new), as the fabric fibres need to set into place. Set it up, jump in and get out to re-tighten. You may want to do this several times over the course of a camping trip, just like you may want to put some extra air into your bicycle tires or oil in your engine. It makes everything work much better.
As you may have already guessed, the trees do have to be in a perfect triangle. The tent will want to find its point of equality between the three anchor points, so you use the strap length to allow for this. Just like a spider’s web which always uses three anchoring points to make a perfect spiral web, some of those anchoring lines can be much longer than others, but it always makes a perfect web!
Damaging the trees is obviously something to try and avoid because we love trees and founded this company to help protect and save them. Our straps are wide, and our Tree Protector Wraps are even wider. This spreads the load on the surface of the tree trunk so that the vertical transportation nutrition just under the bark is left unaffected. We do, however, recommend that all tents be taken down at least once every three months and moved up or down the trunk by 6-8”/15-20cm so that one area is not stressed too much. It is also a good opportunity to carry out a safety check on all product components for signs of wear and tear.
In case you cannot find trees, we released a range of Ground Conversion Kits in 2021 so that you can now set up each of our Tree Tents on the ground, too! These kits include everything you need to get your tent up in a more conventional way when you find a location where trees are scarce. We also have an Aluminium Stand that will fit your three-person Tree Tents and Hammocks (made to order). Some people have come up with ingenious ways to use their car tow bar as a third tree!
For those that want to create a permanent Tentsile placement in their yard, we also have advice on how to set poles into the ground. We recommend telegraph poles (10-14”/25-30cm diameter), set in a hole and concreted in at a depth of 5ft/1.4m. This will give you a sturdy anchoring point up to a height of 4ft/1.2m, off the ground.
We have solutions for all eventualities, all locations and all uses. We aim to help you get the most out of your Tentsile products wherever you are and if this article doesn’t answer all of your questions, please feel free to get in touch with us at email@example.com. We’ll see you in the trees!
Camping hammocks offer a unique camping experience that is unmatched by traditional ground tents. With a suspension system that supports you off the ground, all you really need are some sturdy anchor points for pitching. They are incredibly comfortable and make a great place for relaxing during the day or sleeping at night.
If you’re planning a trip with a camping hammock or hammock tent for the first time, you may be unsure of how to hang your hammock safely and effectively. Or, if you’ve got a few camping trips in the pipeline, you might want to know how to look after your hammock so that it lasts a long time. This guide covers some useful information and shows you where to go for more detailed expert guides from Tentsile.
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Camping hammocks are lightweight and take up relatively little space in your backpack or stuff sack, meaning they are less cumbersome to carry when hiking, backpacking or staying on a campsite overnight.
When setting out on a camping trip with a hammock, there are a few factors to bear in mind before setting up camp. These include anchor points, weather, location and wildlife. Most Tentsile camping hammocks have a three-point anchor system, so you’ll require three healthy trees or columns to suspend your hammock from. However, some, such as the Solo 1-Person Mesh Hammock, only require two.
Location is one of the most important considerations when choosing where to hang your camping hammock. You don’t want to be too close to water, as this may attract insects and may be at risk of flooding in wetter weather conditions. You should also make sure you are permitted to camp in the spot you’ve chosen, and that you’re not trespassing on private land.
When wild camping and hiking or backpacking, you need to make sure you have a reliable navigation system. This is vital should you lose your bearings, but also helps you identify nearby facilities such as public toilets and bins.
Our guide to hanging your camping hammock covers anchor points, location and more.
Once you’ve decided where to hang your camping hammock, you need to know how to set it up safely and comfortably. The weather will play an important part in this, as you may need some extra accessories such as a tarp, rain fly or bug net to protect you from rain and insects, as well as a sleeping bag and underquilt or sleeping pad to keep you warm.
We recommend having a practice run hanging your hammock before you set off on your trip. It can be tricky knowing how to pitch your hammock at the right angle and with the correct ridgeline, but familiarising yourself with the instructions or having a go in advance should make the process less confusing.
Your first task when hanging your hammock is choosing suitable anchor points. Trees (either two or three depending on your hammock’s anchor system) should be around 15ft apart. You can also use stationary anchors such as posts or cars, or even a simple and quick to assemble portable hammock stand.
If you have a single hammock with a two-point anchor system like the Solo, you should attach the straps 6ft up the tree with knots or a carabiner to allow for the material sag. Our hammocks with a three-point system have taut bases for a flatter surface. Once you’ve attached your hammock to the supports, try it out and make any necessary adjustments then add your extras like an underquilt.
For more information on how to hang your camping hammock safely, including how to tie knots when tying a rope or strap to a support, check out our guide. We’ve also covered how to hang your hammock indoors for all you stay-at-home types.
You should always check your gear before packing away after your camping trip in case anything sharp or sticky has become tangled in or stuck on your hammock. You should never machine wash or dry your hammock, or use household soaps which contain perfumes that can attract insects.
Instead, you should clean your hammock or tree tent with warm water, non-detergent soap and a non-abrasive sponge. Products specially designed to clean load-bearing textiles will also help tackle dirty patches.
After cleaning, your hammock or tree tent should be air-dried in a dry and airy spot, not in direct sunlight. Only once it’s completely dry should you pack it up and store it in a cool, dry place.
Our article How to Clean Your Tentsile discusses cleaning your hammock/tree tent, ratchets, straps and rainflies in more detail.
Are you tired of tent camping? Hammock camping opens up new opportunities for where you can camp and who you can camp with, without compromising on weight or comfort. Hammocks are as suitable for pitching deep in the backcountry as they are for relaxing with family in your own backyard.
Whether you need a single hammock for a solo trip or something more robust for camping in the winter, Tentsile has a hammock for you. In this guide:
You may enjoy staying on a campsite, but sometimes you just want to venture further and see more of nature. Lightweight camping hammocks provide unrivalled portability and versatility, allowing you to set up and pack away easily in a variety of locations otherwise inaccessible with a traditional tent.
Ultralight gear is important for hiking and backpacking trips, and a Tentsile camping hammock is a simple yet effective solution that won’t take up too much room in your bag or stuff sack. After a long day of hiking, you don’t want to tackle an unnecessarily complex setting up process—that’s why our lightweight camping hammocks are fast to pitch so you can spend your evenings relaxing.
Lightweight hammocks are also compatible with many other hammocks and tree tents, so are the perfect addition to our famous Tentsile stack system if you’re camping as a group and need some extra storage space.
For more information, read our guide to the Best Lightweight Camping Hammocks for Hiking and Backpacking.
The perfect lightweight camping hammock should be around 3 kg or less. They should be easy to carry and quick to set up, while also offering a comfortable night’s sleep in a safe spot suspended from wet or uneven ground.
The Tentsile Solo weighs just 2 lbs and takes up very little room in your bag, so you have plenty of space to pack other essentials like a sleeping bag or a sleeping pad. Like other camping hammocks and tree tents from Tentsile, the Solo is made from robust and durable heavy-duty nylon-polyester mesh.
The UNA 1-Person weighs 3.13 lbs and comes with a rain fly and bug net. Though it’s just as easy as the Solo to install, the UNA has a three-point anchor system so requires three tree or anchor points (unlike the Solo which only needs two). This is the perfect lightweight solution for camping trips requiring more protection from the weather and insects.
To learn more about lightweight camping hammocks for solo camping adventures, check out our guide.
If you’re a regular camper, you’ll know to expect the unexpected when it comes to the weather. The spring and summer can bring sunshine and warmth but also intermittent showers, whereas autumn and winter are typically windy, rainy, cold and snowy.
Luckily, you can get a hammock that suits your camping needs no matter the time of year. Tentsile camping hammocks allow you to venture further as all you need in addition to your gear are two to three sturdy trees or anchor points depending on the hammock you take with you.
The type of camping hammock you opt for should be informed by the number of occupants and the intended use. All Tentsile camping hammocks are fitted with insect mesh and removable rainflies, perfect for protecting sleeping campers in the summer months. The Safari range are the most robust hammock models and are capable of withstanding extreme heat and 3,500 hours of sun exposure.
Camping in the cooler months requires a few extra pieces of gear like the SkyPad inflatable mattress to help you stay warm in the night, so you need a lightweight hammock that doesn’t take up too much space in your bag. The Safari Trillium 3-Person Camping Hammock is heavy-duty and ideal for small groups, whereas the ultralight T-Mini 2-Person Double is a lightweight alternative for couples or solo campers.
Our guide Camping Hammocks for the Different Seasons covers single and multi-season hammocks in more detail, as well as some hammock camping tips.
Camping hammocks are designed with portability and outdoor use in mind. They differ from the traditional hammock set-up in that they are intended to be pitched in trees or at a basecamp for sleeping and relaxing in.
A camping hammock only is suitable for warm and dry weather. You can add a tarp to cover your hammock for coverage from rain, but this may not offer full protection from wind or sideways rain. A hammock tent is fully enclosed with a built-in insect mesh and rainfly (which is usually removable) and gives the best protection from unpredictable weather.
Camping hammocks are an increasingly popular alternative to traditional ground tents, offering a unique camping experience and guaranteed comfort as well as reduced weight and pitching times. They are available in a range of sizes for all camping occasions, from solo hiking trips to group or family excursions. In this article:
When heading out on a solo camping trip, you want to make sure you’re prepared for all possibilities by thoroughly considering what you need to pack and what to do should something go wrong.
If you’re using a single hammock like the Tentsile Solo Mesh Hammock, there are several important things to bear in mind before heading out on your solo adventure. Beyond how you intend to use your hammock, you need to think about the location and climate of where you plan to camp. Seasonal changes in the weather, the availability of three good trees to fix the hammock straps to and temperature are just three factors that could influence your camping set-up.
Additional considerations include the ease of setting up and packing away your hammock and whether you want to bring any accessories such as a rain tarp or bug net for extra protection. You may also want a sleeping pad in addition to your sleeping bag to make your hammock camping experience more comfortable.
Read our guide to single-person camping hammocks for more information.
A double camping hammock is usually more cost-effective than buying two single hammocks and means you only need to find one suitable pitching point rather than two. A two-person hammock can also be used by a solo camper looking for some extra space.
By opting for a shared portable hammock such as the T-Mini 2-Person Double Hammock, you can split the load between campers with one half of the pair carrying the hammock body and the other taking additional suspension system parts.
Similar to single-person hammocks, careful planning and preparation should be a priority when camping as a pair. The size and weight of your two-person hammock and the location and time of year you plan to use it are important, but you should also bear in mind the comfort of the occupants. We recommend an underfloor suspension system to create separate sleeping bays so you won’t collide in the night.
Check out our selection of two-person camping hammocks or read our article on things to consider when choosing the right two-person hammock for you.
By adding another person to become a trio, you’ll need a camping hammock that can accommodate the height and weight of all campers while also being comfortable enough to sleep in. You don’t want the hammock to sag in the middle, causing all three occupants to be crammed together in a single position without space to move freely.
Tentsile hammocks such as the Trillium Giant 3-Person Hammock have a structurally supportive floor, meaning they don’t sag in the centre and you can lay in whichever position you want. Reinforcing straps allow you to adjust the hammock according to weight differentials and create individual sleeping bays for the three occupants.
We discuss the differences between standard and Tentsile camping hammocks in our guide to three-person hammocks.
As an alternative to traditional ground tents, camping hammocks offer versatility, comfort and reduced weight. This allows your group or family to venture further, as you aren’t restricted to ground that is damp, rocky or uneven.
Capacity and durability are very important features to look for in a family camping hammock. If you’re a group of two adults and two children, you need a hammock that is strong enough to hold everyone but also supports movement.
Tentsile family-sized camping hammocks such as the Safari Trillium Giant 3-Person Hammock or the Trillium XL have a taut base and reinforcing straps to create separate sleeping bays. They are also easy to set up and are perfect for first-time and experienced hammock campers alike. For even more sleeping capacity and storage, the Trillium XL hammock can be set up underneath a tree tent to create a multi-storey stack.
Find out more in our expert guide to family-sized camping hammocks.
A Tree Tent or Camping Hammock is not necessarily just a place to sleep at night, they can of course also make the perfect day time hangout, through to the evening. If your camping trip is less action-packed and more of a ‘kicking back with a good book and relaxing’ kind of getaway, then you have all bases covered. There are a few things to consider if you are using your basecamp through the day, and in this guide we’ll talk about how you can make the best use of your Tree Tent from morning until night, including set-up and safety advice and some accessories that make this transitional use as simple as possible.
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All Tentsile Tree Tents come with a built-in bug net so you can while away the hours without being bothered by pests or you can roll it back to use the tent as a hammock. Depending on where you choose to set up camp, you can select a shady spot or stay out in the sun; without the rainfly on you can still make the most of the sun rays and soak up some vitamin D. Remember to take plenty of water with you so you can stay hydrated and don’t forget sun protection, your sunglasses and a hat. If in doubt about available shade at your selected destination, then be sure to take an additional tarp with you to create your own.
Temperatures may drop at night so it’s a good idea to pack some extra layers for when the sun goes down. You may also need a sleeping bag and an sleeping pad to insulate against cold breezes underneath the tent floor.
You may also want some extra space in the tent at night, so make use of the storage available and stow your bags and belongings in the pockets and underfloor storage nets to keep them within reach, dry and off the ground.
The way you use your Tentsile may differ from day to night, for example, there may be more people hanging out during the day with fewer spending the night or visa versa. Either way, think about the weight load when setting up the Tentsile and don’t be tempted to overload the Tree Tent or Hammock with lots of people during the day, even though everyone is going to want to try it out!
It’s worth giving extra thought to where you set up camp, consider where the sun will rise and set and your Tentsile’s positioning for some extra shut eye in the morning or a fantastic view of the sunset.
If you are on a campsite, think about where you are in relation to the nearby facilities and wind direction, if you are having a campfire, you probably won’t want to be pitched downwind. If you are wild camping then it’s a good idea to have a designated toilet area and pitch your Tentsile within walking distance so you don’t have to go far at night.
Bear in mind other campers and wildlife in the area. If you are a large group, be considerate of how much noise you are making as this will impact on those around you.
There is a Tree Tent for every adventure; from solo campers, to couples to families and groups, there’s an option for everyone and if you are an even larger group you can stack your Tentsile for even greater occupancy.
Here are just a few of our available Tree Tents:
This lightweight Tree Tent is the solo campers companion and can be used as a hammock during the day and fully enclosed Tree Tent by night. The UNA still benefits from underfloor storage to stow away your bags and belongings and has a double layered tension floor.
The Safari Connect provides more space and storage capacity with plenty of internal pockets and underfloor capacity to keep your possessions close by. The Safari range are our toughest and most durable tents and are best for extreme climates (with a UV rating of 3,500 hours and 8,000HH rainfly) and multiple occupancy turnover which means they can also be set up as semi-permanent camps. The standard Connect is also available for less extreme camping conditions with the same footprint and storage available.
The unique and innovative design of the Universe allows up to 5 campers to spend time on the water, on the ground and in the air. The base is an inflatable insulated SUP board to suit all three elements and can be used as a sunbathing deck, play structure or even a platform for fishing. It also comes with a built-in no-see-um insect mesh and removeable rainfly for versatile set ups. This really takes camping to a whole new level!
Accessorise your Tree Tent to transition from day to night with some of the items below:
For an added layer of comfort and to insulate from cool breezes under the Tree Tent floor add a Sky-Pad to your packing list. Three Sky-Pads can be clipped together for more stability and support in 3-person set ups but they will also individually slips into each of the Tentsile models in the range.
During the day the drinks holder makes a handy central spot to keep your drinks close by and to avoid spillages. When it’s time for bed you may want to replace your Drinks holder with a hatch cover to block out any breezes and further insulate your tent.
Check out our full range of Accessories here.
It really is as easy as that to use your hanging Tree Tent from day to night and it offers up a whole new experience from traditional tent camping.
Camping and outdoor pursuits have seen a resurgence in the last year due to the Covid restrictions, local lockdowns and travel bans gradually being lifted across the globe. Never before has being outside and exploring in nature been so appealing, so you might have a several trips booked through the year and through the seasons. Camping is fun any time of year but to make sure your trip is stress-free there are considerations to think about so you are prepared in every season whether you are wild camping or have the amenities of a campsite nearby.
Tree Tents are a great choice for all-season camping as you’ll be sleeping off the ground and you have a wide choice of options when it comes to choosing your pitch. There are also a number of accessories which can be added to your kit to make sure that you are comfortable in every weather condition.
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Spring and summer is a popular time for camping as the weather improves and nature is blooming. In Spring, when the weather is more changeable you’ll need to consider possible rain or showers and make sure that you are prepared with a rainfly and possibly a tarp if you want additional shelter, waterproof clothing and a change of clothes. In the summer, keeping cool is a priority so you’ll want to keep your tree tent ventilated and make the most of breezes and air flow. Tentsiles are made from breathable materials so you won’t overheat in the hot weather.
Mosquitos, insects and other pests can be a nuisance so go armed with repellent and make use of the integrated no-see-um bug net to keep the bugs at bay.
Before you set up, consider where to position your camp in relation to direct sunlight or shade. In particularly hot climates you’ll want to make sure you are pitched in the shade and that your tree tent has UV protection. The Tentsile Safari range is UV resistant for 3,500 hours, this is particularly relevant if you opt to set up a Safari product as a semi-permanent structure for up to 3 months.
Camping later in the year can still offer warm nights in Autumn and the opportunity for cosying up around a campfire on colder winter nights.
To make sure you stay warm and cosy, pack a sleeping pad like the Sky-Pad to insulate you from any cool air flow underneath the tent and take a sleeping bag, an extra blanket and some woollen clothes and hat. Choose a tree tent suitable for the number of occupants; too much space will allow cool air to build up and the body heat from your fellow campers will help to keep you warm.
You’ll want to make sure that your tree tent is suitable for your camping conditions, so if you’re camping in extreme climates and are likely to experience heavy rain, hail, strong winds, or even snow, then look for a 4-season tent with a high hydrostatic head (HH) and waterproof rating. Our Safari range is built for these more extreme climates, made with thicker, tougher materials that are built to withstand the most challenging weather conditions.
To perfect multi-season camping, before you purchase your tree tent consider the following:
We have created a handy guide so you can compare Tentsile tree tents specifications and functionality to see which one is best for you.
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The Flite is a good option for someone who may like to camp solo from time to time and also camp with a partner or a buddy. It’s still lightweight enough for solo camping if you have to carry all your gear and you have extra room to really spread out and keep your gear inside but if you also have an extra person to share with you still have plenty of room and the antiroll strap system creates 2 separate sleeping bays which will stop you from both rolling into the middle. The Flite is compatible with the ground conversion kit so you have the option to camping in the air or on the ground and like with all Tentsile products there is a double layered tent floor so an air mattress can be slipped in and held securely for extra comfort in any season.
Safari Vista 3-person 3-in-1 Tree Tent
The Safari Vista has versatility at the heart of its design. Not only is it made from the most enduring and hard-wearing materials but it also converts from a hammock to a hammock with a roof with open sided views, to a complete tree tent with 100% waterproof rainfly and insect mesh. This four-season tent can be set up for any occasion; as a daytime hangout in the backyard or in the park, as a semi-permanent camp or base camp for a longer trips. Switch from hammock camping to a full-blown hammock tent in no time.
Universe 5-person Tree Tent
Seeing is believing when it comes to the Universe 3-element Tree Tent. The Universe can be pitched in the air, on the ground and on the water and is ideal for camping with larger groups, plus it makes an excellent sunbathing deck or play structure. Whatever the weather, the Universe has you covered.
We also have a range of accessories available to prepare you for every scenario. From tent walls to use as wind breaks or to create shade or privacy, to watergates for extra wet weather and the Sky-Pad air mattress for extra insulation and comfort.
Many of us will have fond memories of camping as a child on family camping trips and want to recreate that with our own families. Children are curious little explorers and nurturing that excitement and sense of adventure can also bring out the playful side in adults too. Family time spent together outside in nature and away from home, unplugged and away from the day-to-day distractions is an opportunity not to be missed. Tentsile is a family-run company and spending time with those who are close to us runs through the heart of what we do, and where better to do it than in the trees!
In this article we will explore how to plan for a family camping trip including what essentials you will need to pack to make sure everyone is fed, watered, comfortable and safe and importantly, how to set up your Tree Tent.
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Depending on where you live you might choose to go to a campsite where there are amenities like showers, toilets, shops and BBQs available which might make camping with very young children a little easier. If you are a seasoned camper and prefer to get away from the crowds and off the beaten track then wild camping might take some additional planning but will add some extra excitement to your trip and give you more privacy.
To set up your tree tent you will need three strong trees or anchor points. We advise that you check out the set-up guide for your particular Tentsile model before you go and do some research into the area you are travelling to if you have not been before so you know where you’re going and you are prepared for the weather conditions. If you are travelling in peak season and during school holidays make sure you have booked a spot at the campsite to avoid disappointment.
In preparation for your family camping trip, have a think about what you need from your accommodation, particularly how much space you’ll need and how many people you will need to sleep. The Stingray tree tent is Tentsile’s flagship model and makes the perfect family tent for a young family of four. If you need more space and you have a growing family then one of the stack options will give you storage, sleeping bays and floor space over several levels while taking up the same footprint. If you are taking the extended family and the numbers are really climbing, then consider the ultimate stack or even the Trilogy for an epic adventure. Bear in mind the space this will occupy so if you are on a campsite or at a festival then you will be taking up a fair amount of room.
It’s unlikely you’ll get bored if the weather is fine and you have a new area to explore but if the weather isn’t so good or everyone needs time out of the sun and as it gets dark, it’s good to have some games and activities planned to keep the children entertained. It’s also important to make sure everyone is comfortable and this might mean packing sleeping bags, pillows and air mattresses, possibly extra blankets and appropriate clothing and footwear. There are also some Tentsile accessories which will make your trip more comfortable. The hatch cover for 3-person tree tents and hammocks will block out any drafts from the centre of the tent floor, this can be removed during the day or swapped for the drinks holder or webbing ladder. The ladder will help you get in and out of the tent and from one floor to the next if you opt for a stack. The Sky-Pad inflatable mattress adds extra cushioning and insulation and can even be clipped to eachother for extra stability.
For general safety on any trip, always pack a first aid kit, sun protection and insect repellent and lights and extra batteries for your torches. If you are off grid then take a map as back up to your phone GPS and of course if you’re not at a campsite, tell someone where you are going.
There are some things that you can do that will put your mind at rest before and during a camping trip with your family. It can often feel like there is a lot to remember so don’t get overwhelmed but follow some of these simple suggestions to prepare for your trip.
Check your gear and test pitch your tent before you set off. Make sure you have all the equipment needed and get some practice in so that you can set up quicker in-situ and get down to the business of relaxing and spending time with the family.
Plan your route. If you are driving to your destination then check the traffic so you can travel at a quieter time or avoid busy routes. If you are travelling by other means or hiking/cycling then make sure you have GPS and a map as back up.
When you have reached your camping location then we advise always to abide by the Leave no trace principles including properly disposing of litter and keeping food off the ground to deter animals and be wary and respectful of wildlife in the area. Follow the rules of the campsite if that is where you are staying and if you are wild camping then make sure you know what is in the vicinity and that you have the right to camp there.
To set up your tree tent you will need three strong trees or anchor points. To help you look for suitable trees watch our video and used our visual tree assessment guide.
We advise setting up your tree tent no higher than 1.2m/4ft from the ground to make sure you and your family can easily get in and out and if anyone does take a tumble they are not too far from the floor. For this same reason, it’s best to pitch over soft grassy ground.
Enjoy your quality family time. Tree tents are a memorable way to camp and will create new experiences for the whole family and nurture a love the trees and the great outdoors.