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Who doesn’t love a great day out on the beach? By bringing a tent along, you will be able to enjoy the sun, sand, and water without getting sunburned.
It also means that you have a spot to rest if you feel like an afternoon siesta as well as having a bit of privacy to change in and out of your bathing suit.
Plus, if you are beach camping overnight, you have a safe sleeping place that is free from critters, scavengers, and bugs.
However, being close to the ocean means that winds often blow unpredictably. Knowing how to properly anchor a tent on the beach can make a huge difference to how much you enjoy your trip. If you would like to know how to anchor a tent on the beach, read on to find out more.
Why Should You Bring a Tent to the Beach?
Whether or not you are staying overnight, having a shaded, private place is comforting and helps you break the monotony of sitting in the sun all day, especially if you have children. A tent provides shade for when the heat of the sun gets too much, while also providing a spot to change your clothes.
Plus, if you are spending the afternoon on the beach, you have a cool, shaded area to have an afternoon snooze. When visiting the beach, you also want a place to keep your drinks and snacks cool and out of the sun while also having somewhere to place your towels, spare clothes, sun cream, and car keys.
How to Anchor a Tent on the Beach
Here are a few simple tips to help you anchor your tent easily.
Know the beach rules
It is important to know whether the beach you are visiting allows tents, what size and type of beach tent they allow, and if they have restrictions on how you set up and stake your tent. Some beaches do not allow guy lines to go past the end of the tent canopy while others have no rules at all. Knowing how to properly assemble and anchor your tent based on the rules of the beach.
Tent pegs won’t work with beach sand
Using tent pegs with beach sand will not work as pegs rely on solid earth to secure them into the ground. As you will know, dry beach sand is soft and wet beach sand is easy to mold, non-clumping, and gritty. Trying to anchor your tent using pegs won’t work, so you need a different plan.
Come with sand anchors
A sand anchor is basically a small sand bag that you place in a hole that you dig into the sand. This process is very simple as the sand is soft and easy to dig in. You place sand into the sand anchor, tie the guy lines to the anchor, place the anchor into the hole, and bury it in place. You need to bury the anchor at least 2 feet deep, but this can vary based on manufacturer.
What if you’re at the beach and the wind starts up?
Beach weather can be very unpredictable and inconsistent. If you arrived at the beach to find beautiful weather, but after a short while the wind has picked up, you don’t have to pack up and leave – there are still a few things you can do if you haven’t brought sand anchors.
Stop the wind getting under the tent
The biggest problem with the wind is when it gets underneath the tent as this can blow it completely over. Building a vertical sand wall around the tent about a foot high can help reduce the amount of wind getting under the tent, providing more stability. You can also weigh the tent down by piling wet beach sand on all of the corners and edges of the tent.
Sand bags or rocks
Another great option is to make your own sand anchors using any sort of packet you have handy – preferably plastic shopping bags. Fill the bags with sand and tie the guy lines around the sand bags, then bury them in the sand around 2 feet deep.
If you do not have any packets available, rocks will work just as well. Plus, you can easily place sand bags or rocks inside the tent in the corners to provide even more stability.
If the only sand you have immediately access to is dry, pour some water onto it to make it damp. Wet sand is heavier and has a bit more structural integrity than dry sand, and will therefore hold your tent down better. In the end, while there are many helpful products, it sometimes takes a bit of creativity and inqenuity to adequately secure a tent on a windy beach.
Megan Jones is the lead author of Seaside Planet. She is an avid surfer, scuba diver, and travel enthusiast who takes any opportunity she can to spend time in the ocean. You can learn more about Meg and the rest of the editorial team here.