How to camp with a tent in windy areas
South Africa has been blessed with one of the best climates in the world. Millions of people from around the world flock to our country each year to experience our climate, making South Africa a popular destination for outdoor activities such as camping and off-roading. However, in a big country, weather patterns differ from region to region, and you never know what to expect. For example, it is the rainy season during winter in parts of the Western Cape, while it is the rainy season during summer in the rest of the country.
If you want to travel through these provinces while camping, chances are you will come across sunshine, wind, and rain. So, it is best to choose camping tents that can cope with these conditions. However, having the correct camping tent is part of having an enjoyable camping holiday. The other part comes in with having the required skills and expertise to set up camp in a windy area.
Enjoy a successful camping trip – Even in windy areas
High winds may not be ideal camping weather, but there is no reason for them to ruin your holiday. We have some advice to help you get the most out of enjoying the great South African outdoors, even when the outdoors decide to buffet you around. The first piece of advice we have is to keep an eye on the weather forecast. High winds might be the harbingers of even poorer weather to come. Before setting off on any camping trip, check the forecast for the destination you are headed. Take note of any rain forecasts, or progressively worsening conditions, and plan accordingly. If you anticipate setting up your camping tents in windy areas, avoid camping near trees that may shed branches, should the gust become truly unruly. Try to avoid potential windborne debris. Aim to set up camp amongst low bushes and shrubs, as these might offer a good windbreak, with minimal risk of injury.
The practical aspects of setting up camping tents in windy areas
Even if you are sure you are out of range from flying branches and debris, keep in mind that dust and sand storms can cause severe discomfort and even injury, especially to your eyes. Get the upper hand on flying debris that can cause harm and discomfort to your family by clearing as much of it away from the campsite as possible. Rake up loose litter, leaves and anything hiding in and around your campsite that can become airborne. When you intend to camp in windy areas, you have to plan ahead, and this goes for your camping tent too. A huge 8-person family-style tent with a high roof, complete with a beautiful awning, is probably not the best shelter when camping in windy areas. Look at it this way; the less surface area there is for a gush to push against, the better. Limit your choice of camping tent to sturdy, low-profile models capable of riding out a windy patch.
Expert advice when selecting camping tents
If you are still unsure about which camping tents to choose, then you have come to the right place. We have been helping campers select the best camping tents for decades. Since our inception, we have been hard at work defining the outdoor lifestyle sector in South Africa, driving innovation, and delivering products that augment our clients’ lives.
Contact us to discuss your camping tent needs in greater detail, and let us help you choose the best tent for your travel requirements. Our team is always at hand to answer any questions you may have, and we look forward to helping you choose the best tent for your needs.