tent pegs

QUICK GUIDE TO TENT PEGS

For general camping purposes, standard steel or hardened plastic tent pegs will do the job. However, if you are planning on hiking and camping across a variety of terrain, you might want to look at different tent pegs to ensure you can set up your tent in the roughest conditions.

SKEWER TENT PEG

This is your standard tent peg. You need to be careful when using a hammer to put these in the ground. Make sure you hit directly on the top. It’s also best when they are pushed all the way into the ground. Make sure your skewer tent pegs have a decent thickness or they will bend very easily.

ROCK TENT PEGS

These are similar to skewer pegs while looking more like a cross at one end. They are more like a nail than a peg because they are designed for the toughest of ground.

STAKE TENT PEGS

Stake tent pegs are very good for a variety of conditions. They come in a variety of materials, from hardened plastics and even wood. Stake tent pegs are good when you are dealing with softer than normal ground. They are normally much thicker than the standard skewer tent peg.

METAL STAKE TENT PEGS

Metal stake tent pegs are the next level of strength for stake tent pegs. These are designed for really hard and stony ground and are more popular with those who hike and camp over rocky terrain.

TENT PEG EXTRACTOR

One of these tools can make getting tent pegs out of the ground a whole lot easier. They look like big corkscrews without the screw – a large hook with a handle so that you have a solid grip.

As I said, if you are trying something different, it is important to know what type of ground you will be camping on. Getting stuck without the proper shelter you need because you can’t get a tent in the ground is a real deal breaker. On that note, I have to say that dome tents are a big favourite of mine as they don’t rely on tent pegs as heavily as tent pegs.

I’ve been in situations where I doubted whether my tent pegs would stay in the ground overnight and chose to put a few rocks on the inside of the tent with me as a backup.


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Jake Taylor
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Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.