1. Lay the flysheet (outer layer) flat, ensuring doors and so on are zipped up.
Think: "I could be at home now, catching up on Borgen." Say: "Nobody panic! It's all coming back to me." 2. Feed the poles carefully through the sleeves and bend them up to form the tent's 'skeleton'. Lock the ends of the poles into the metal rings at the edge of the tent.
Think: "The manufacturer's given us the wrong poles." Say: "We'll be on the beach within five minutes!"
3. Look for loops on the corners, sides and guy ropes, and stake these out with tent pegs and a mallet, keeping tension equal all around. Now secure the inner tent into place using the toggles provided.
Think: "Why are we listing violently to one side?" Say: "Ta-daaa!"
Alternatively – get a pop-up tent.
Taken from Issue 10 of The Simple Things, download a back issue now.