How To Fold A Pop Up Tent

We all know how mischievous pop up tents can be.

They're incredibly easy to put up, but every time you go to fold one back up, it'll either fire back out again or won't fit back in the bag due to being incorrectly folded, causing endless frustration when packing up your camping equipment.

Well, suffer no longer! This guide will teach you how to fold your pop up tent in a few easy steps.

Folding Your Pop Up Tent: Step By Step Guide

We've based this guide on our Malawi tent, as this shares similar design features as traditional pop up tents.

Step 1: Unzip the door

Head to the front of your tent and unzip the front door. This allows trapped air to escape the tent which will make it easier to compress and fold. At this stage, you may also want to consider giving the tent a quick wipe down so that it isn't dirty for the next time you use it.

Step 2: Fold from back to front

Grab the centre of the rear base pole and begin to fold upwards, until you meet the roof pole. Grab both of them together with one hand. Then, whilst holding the two poles in place, reach over and grab the front base pole and pull it upright to meet the other poles you're currently holding, putting all of the poles now into one hand.

Step 3: Lift the tent and rotate

Lift the tent and put it on its side so that it stands vertically, keeping a hold of the tent using one of your hands.

Step 4: Pull down

With your spare hand, grab the top part of the tent and pull it down towards your feet.

Step 5: Slide rings

Now that you've folded the tent towards the base of your feet, you should see two circles of the tents frame slightly overlapping. Slide one ring under the other, then press down on the tent to let any of the remaining air escape. The tent should now be folded into a circular shape.

Step 6: Bag it up

Next, grab any loose elastic straps and pull them across the folded tent, allowing you to then pack away the tent in its accompanying bag.

There you have it! Your tent should now be all folded up and ready to go. If you're still unsure on how to fold a pop up tent, you may find our video guide below easier to follow.

Folding A Pop Up Tent: Video Guide


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