Going out for camping in a big group? It’s obvious that you will need a number of tents to put yourselves up comfortably.
However, staying in separate tents might deprive you of the ‘we are together” revelry moments. And of course, it is for those moments you go on a trip with friends and family. But what is you know how to connect two tents together, wouldn’t that be great?
Well if you stay together in a connected tents then you will get extra space and privacy as well. You will be able to organize your gears properly while having a comfortable sleeping area.
However, to experience this “staying together” feel at a campsite, you first need to learn how to connect two tents together. Honestly speaking, the execution is not that simple, but you would need expertise and patience. I have been able to learn the trick after failing multiple times.
But, if you follow this article till the very end, then it’s my guarantee that you will be able to master this art. Here I will be talking about 5 common ways of connecting two tents together.
How to Connect Two Tents Together
It’s important to know this hack, as it will come handy in your camping trips with friends for sure. A few tools and things will be required to perform this task, and we are mentioning them below.
Total Time Needed: Depending on tent size and the experience of the doer, connecting two tents usually takes between 15 and 25 minutes.
- Zip or binder clips
- A cord
- Two tents that are designed to adjoin
- Little bit of patience
- Knowledge of the art of joining tents with a punch of dexterity
Follow the 5 easy and simple methods and learn how to connect two tents together for making a wonderful mega-tent for group camping experience:
Method #1: Choose a Tent that is Designed for Connecting
This is the most popular method of joining tents. If you are a first timer, it is also the easiest and best option. Some tents are devised in a specific way to fit together perfectly with another tent of the same kind. Featuring a pod like design, this sort of tent attaches seamlessly with its peer tent. Usually you are able to join the two tents with zips.
The biggest advantage of buying tent pods is that you can choose the ones that best suit your purposes. Suppose, you would prefer some extra space to house your stuff. If so, you can pick a small sized pod which will fit easily inside the umbrella tent.
On the contrary, as per your needs, you can buy two same sized tents which will adjoin smoothly with one another. This way, you can choose from the different types of pods available. It allows you the liberty to customize your camping experience according to your planning.
The utilitarian aspects of pods being discussed, now we come to a couple of disadvantages it poses. First, you can only execute the joining task if everyone else is carrying exactly the same brand of pod. If not, then you will not be able to join two different models. Therefore, it is imperative that you take your preparations beforehand. You need to plan, coordinate with your pals and arrange kin pods.
Second, the pod tents which are especially crafted to connect with its kin tents are expensive. Thus, it costs you big time to customize your outdoor plans.
Method #2: Zip or Clip the Tent Doors Together
Another easy and familiar method of joining two tents is to zip or clip the tent doors together. Wondering how effective is it going to be? Well, depends a lot on how closely the two tents are designed.
If both the tents are from the same brand and approximately the same size, the zipping might just simply click into effect! And, if by any chance, the doors are roughly of the same size, zipping the two entrances works wondrously!!
It might happen that you cannot fully and smoothly zip the doors together. In that case, do not worry and trudge further with the zips. It may break or damage them. All you need to do in such a situation is to clip-shut the open orifices using binder clips. Next, you can use a tarp to drape the juncture area to effectively prevent rain dripping or any unfavorable weather conditions to creep in.
Always remember that at least one of the two tents needs to have a two-way entrance. Unless either of the two tents is having two doorways, you cannot find access into the adjacent tent.
There are still a few drawbacks of this easy and expedient zipping and clipping method. One, you need to manage getting two tents of roughly same sized doors. Two, if the zipping doesn’t work 100%, the clipping part leaves you with the risk of leakage and big invasion. Draping the tarp or overlapping rain flies can minimize this trouble.
Method #3: Use a Tarp or Create a Tarp Hallway
For connecting tents that differ in brands and sizes, you can use a tarp and a cord. It is a very commonly practised method in outdoor camps and can be a great idea if executed correctly.
To begin with, put the two tents about five feet away from each other. Position them in such a way that the doors face one another. Now that you have positioned the tents, you need to run the cord over both the tents, and keep pulling it till it is tight. You can use a tent stake on each end of the cord so that it stays firmly grounded.
After this, it’s time you drape the tarp over the cord in order to cover the two entrances. Here also you can use a stake on each corner to prevent it from getting displaced or blowing away. You should focus mainly on ensuring that the cord and the tarp stay in place. Stakes are really very helpful to fix the tarp and cord.
In case you wish to have a longer “hallway” between the tents, you can use a larger tarp with a longer cord.
Method #4: Implementing the Bigger-to-Smaller Approach
This is one of my favorite methods, but for it you must have a very large tent or canopy with you. The beauty of this method is that we can connect more than two tents and create a mini hub like set up by executing it correctly.
For this method to work, we first need to set up the canopy/larger tent at the center. After that, just put the baby tent right next to the big one and let its door to push into the larger one’s door.
Now we need to take help of tarp and binder clips to seal the walls properly. You can repeat this step with multiple smaller tents to expand the set up provided you have enough draping material with you.
You need to make sure that you have done the sealing properly so that it can block the rain water from breaching inside the tents.
Method #5: Get a Pole Marquee Tent If Budget Permits
If budget is not an issue, and you can invest a little, then you can surely go for a pole marquee tent set up. You can just use it along with multiple smaller tents to create a large lobby type area to party and chill with your camping buddies.
It’s very easy to build. You just need to place your tent door in such a way that it faces directly into the pole marquee tent. It also protects you from heavy rain. You can even expand the space by adding multiple single tents in the same way. However, you need to make sure that any one of the sides is open for easy entry and exit.
We recommend Coleman Gazebo Fast Pitch Shelter for this. It’s very easy to set up, and I have personally tested it as well.
What's the Need for Connecting Two Tents Together?
Well, I am sure that by now you have learnt how to connect two tents together. But, have you asked yourself what’s the actual need of doing so? Is it just a fun experience, or does it offer some other benefits as well? Let’s dig deep, and talk about it’s multiple benefits to understand the need.
- It offers privacy to every member as they can have their own exclusive beds.
- No need to sleep at the same time, as with a connecting tent you can choose your own sleeping time.
- You can organize your gears and utility items in a much better way with this set up.
- It’s spacious, and thus helps to bond well with other camping buddies as it creates togetherness and offers home like feeling.
Is there Any Cons?
Well, every good things come with some shortcomings as well. There’s no exception to that for connecting tents as well. Though it’s a great thing, but it isn’t immune to cons. Here I am mentioning them as well.
- Due to its huge size, it can become very unstable sometimes especially in high wind situations.
- It can become really expensive and create a hole in your pocket if you wanna go for a high quality set up.
- It eats a lot of time to set up and erect.
- A single leakage can ruin the entire thing.
- As it’s a very heavy set up, it’s not very easy to port.
Alternate Option: Buy a Multi Room Tent
If you wanna take the easy route, then I would suggest you to purchase a multi room tent. You don’t need to carry several tents, as it offers multiple tents that can easily be connected into one. As they are designed to act together they don’t leak easily and provide a better overall experience.
However, you need to do some hard work to assemble a heavy multi-room tent, but that shouldn’t be a huge problem. In fact it’s the easiest way than any other methods of connecting two tents together.
If you are like me, who loves to on a camping with friends frequently, then I would highly recommend to purchase a multi room tent instead of mastering the art of how to connect two tents together. It’s an easier solution, and save a lot of time and effort as well.
Any good quality multi room tent offers multiple bedrooms. So if you’re someone who loves privacy, the you will love it. You can even use the rooms for multiple purposes as well. If you ask for my suggestion, the I will recommend this instant cabin tent from CORE. It is very easy to set up and packs with H2O block technology. It has 3 rooms so quite spacious as well.
Connecting two tents might sound like a puzzle. But once you have the right props ready at hand and know the viable methods, it is no longer complicated. After you have tried and accomplished doing it a couple of times, the third time onwards it becomes a cakewalk for you!! Joining tents helps you create an excellent bridge between two camping groups.
Thus, we have guided you through the top 5 tried and tested methods so that you can learn how to connect two tents together. It will be fun to try out each on different camping expeditions and find out which one works best for you.