We heard a story about a woman who went camping with a pop up tent, but did not know how to fold it back up. After trying to fold the tent for an hour, she stuffed it in the back of her car and drove off in frustration. She described driving home with an open tent filling half her car as similar to driving a car filled with thirty helium balloons. All of the fun family camping memories were crowded out because she didn’t know the trick to re-packing her tent.
The pop-up tent may be difficult to fold up if you have never seen it done. There is a trick to it, however, and once you learn that trick, you will find collapsing your pop-up tent to be much easier than taking down and repacking a traditional tent.
To keep your next camping trip from devolving into a similar Griswold-like catastrophe, we’ve provided these six easy steps to refold or take down and re-pack your pop-up tent:
Step One: Pinch the top.
Step Two: Bring up the sides.
Step Three: The “taco flip.”
Step Four: The fold-over.
Step Five: The layering twist.
Step Six: Line up the rings.
The pop-up tent is a great piece of gear, especially for families with young kids because it sets up in seconds, folds nicely, and stores in a super compact case. Now that you know how to fold your pop-up tent, you can take the stress out of campsite set-up and tear-down and spend this summer building happy memories with your kids.