The best part about pop up tents is that they’re so quick to set up. Just unfold the tent and you’re ready for anything.

It’s a good thing we have this guide to help you learn how make the most out of your camping experience. First off, let us show what it takes for folding up pop-up tents because that right there is not so easy.

How to Pack Up a Pop Up Camping Tent?

For those who are new to camping, or want a refresher on how people set up tents in different situations and weather conditions. The following list should help you out with some tips that will lead your tent’s setup process more efficiently.

Tents are often very different from one another in design, but the instructions below may help you with your particular model. This is because most pop up tents fold similarly to how they have been depicted here even if yours does not match those diagrams exactly you can get a general idea of what to do from our instructions.

Helpful Tips To Know Before folding a Pop up Tent 

  • Make Sure tent Is Clean: Don’t fold up a dirty tent since it can damage the material during storage and attract bugs. So, be sure to pick up any garbage that may have accumulated on site or sweep up dirt from your car before coming in with those clean hands.

If the tent has stains or mud splashes, you can use a damp sponge with water and mild soap to thoroughly clean it. Try not do so before they dry out as then your washing will be more difficult since once this happens if there is any possibility of getting them off you may have better luck using products containing bleach which might help remove some markings on fabrics/colors.

  • Make Sure Tent Is Not Wet: In order to make sure your tent stays in great condition, don’t pack up a wet or dirty one. Not Letting it dry can lead to damage and mold build up so let the fabric sit at least an hour in the sun before you fold away for storage.
  • Remove Stakes: Before you start packing up the tent, remove all of its metal stakes. These will keep your shelter grounded and make sure it doesn’t fly away. Before washing or drying off any stored items like stakes after use, first untether them by removing each individual one from their resting place in order to avoid tangling with other nearby objects during cleaning time.
  • Remove Extra Items: Make sure you remove any extra items from the tent like tarps and rain covers before folding up your shelter.

Take down your pop up tent with ease by following these simple steps. It’s always best to be safe than sorry, so before we get started make sure that you have taken all of the necessary precautions first.

Here’s how to take down a pop-up tent without any hassle.

Follow these general directions and you’ll be all set up in no time.

The process is the same for most pop up tent models. If your manual isn’t available, we’ve outlined what needs to happen below:

Step 1: Bring the two top points of the tent  together.

To get into position, situate yourself on the side of your tent that’s perpendicular to where you’ll be opening it. Then locate two high arches at either end and grasp them between both hands (one in each). Bring their tips together as if they were clapping.

Step 2: Bring back the end of your tent and fold 

With one hand, grab the arch near your tent back and pull it toward you. Once all three ends meet in this position transfer them over into a single hand so that they are held together tightly against their original holder on either side.

Step 3: Join the front arch points together

Just as you want your tent door open for air, so too should it be equipped with an exit to fold up. With one hand on top of the arch and towards its front edge (from above), bring it inward until there’s no more room inside before folding over at that point just like closing a taco shell.

Step 4: fold tent inwards

While maintaining a firm grip with one hand, turn your tent upwards. Next use that same arm to push down on top of where you want it pitched and watch as the other side lowers itself into place.

Step 5: Twist the tent and fold over

While maintaining a firm grip with one hand, turn your tent upwards. Next use that same arm to push down on top of where you want it pitched and watch as the other side lowers itself into place.

Step 6: Secure the tent 

Only use the feature if your pop-up tent has it. Otherwise, hold down firmly until you’ve stored where ever needed in order for this not happen again.

Step 7: Place into its bag.

Place your tent carefully in the bag and zip it up. Make sure that when you fold out a flap, like at doorways or under equipment racks for ventilation purposes, there’s enough room between folds to account for this airflow so nothing is touching any fabrics on one side without overlapping onto another part of its surface area. Last but not least cinch or seal whatever closing mechanism applies best.

Pop-up tents are great if you want quick set up and take down, but they can be difficult to work with when trying to fold them back again, with these guidelines, you can learn to fold them back down quickly with some practice.

How to Fold a Pop Up Tent

By Anthony Paton

Anthony Paton, the outdoorsman who loves to report all sorts of interesting stories about camping in Great Britain. He's based out London and doesn't get much time for himself these days because work commitments keep him away on occasion but does what he can with what little free time there is.