Imagine, you are enjoying your weekend at the beach, on a sunny day, with a peaceful and calming breeze. Attractive. Isn’t it?
Out of nowhere, a sudden gust blows your canopy, and everyone nearby is looking at you. Wouldn’t it be awkward? But securing a canopy isn’t really tricky. It only takes a bit of know-how.
Beach is one of the best places for relaxing and spending some quality time with friends or family. The hard work throughout the weekdays can get to you sometimes. Sitting beside the vast ocean, observing the sunset or sunrise is really calming.
Playing beach ball, or bathing in the sea, making sandcastles with young ones, or even just sitting down before the ocean, is more than enough to fuel your body and mind for weeks to come.
But all these need a base of operation. What might be a better option than a tent/canopy?
But there’s a risk associated with it. You see, it is almost always windy at the beach, and if the wind suddenly picks up speed, It is quite inevitable that your canopy will be blown away unless the canopy is ready for the incident.
There are a few small but subtle things you can do to ramp up the strength of your tent by a lot.
How To Keep The Canopy From Blowing Away
For the most part, you need to know what condition you’ll be facing and make plans accordingly. I’ll discuss some of the simple yet effective ideas that you follow on your next trip-
It begins with choosing a proper spot for your tent. It won’t matter how good quality your canopy is or how strong you set it up if you set it at the wrong spot. What’s the right spot? There’s no defined definition of it really; it varies a lot.
For the most part, you got to think it out for your beach. Genuinely, You want to avoid completely open spots that will expose you to the full wrath of the gust. Setting up your canopy behind some structure or nearby other canopies helps a lot.
With the spot figured out, then comes the time to setup. This is where most people sow the seed, which eventually leads to the accident. It’s common sense that a canopy that’s not properly set up is much more prone to get blown away, right?
Take your time. Read the instructions carefully. One thing I can tell you is that taking shortcuts or hurrying will never yield a strong setup. Your instruction/manual is your best friend here. Do a good job of setting up properly, and you’ll be safe.
With the tent properly set up, you are safe for the most part. It’s time to go to enjoy the beach, right? Wrong. I said you are safe for the most part. Not for all parts.
It doesn’t matter how sturdy or strong your tent is, a sand/ beach tent will never be as strong as a regular tent with additional anchoring. Sand is simply not so strong a base as earth.
You can buy additional tent weights or anchors to help you out. Tent weights are neat looking and easy-to-install disks of weight to lock your canopy in position. And anchors are more like a bag/pot that you can fill with sand and make necessary weight while your canopy is erected.
Both weight and anchor are neat looking and easy to use. However, they both have one common issue; you have to carry them with you, and also, they add additional weight in your luggage. It’s not a big deal, and they make up for it with the additional support to your tent and eventually making your camping smoother.
Weights and anchors are all fine and dandy. But they come with the burden of carrying them. If you are like me and don’t want to carry extra stuff, the good news is there are a bunch of alternatives, much more available and works much the same. Such alternatives include sandbags or other kinds of buried anchors.
Sandbags are pretty self-explanatory. They are essentially bags full of sand. Usually, stuff like pillowcases or grocery bags that you no longer use, hardly adds any weight or trouble carrying works really well. And sand is basically unlimited at the beach. You get the idea.
Buried anchors are flat objects such as old frisbee, plastic plates, or something similar. All that matters is them having a large surface so that when you bury them under the sand, they don’t come out easily.
You just connect the corner of your canopy and the frisbee with a piece of rope and bury the frisbee. Make a hole of considerable depth, not too shallow, no need to go too deep. After doing it a couple of times, you’ll get the hang of it.
Or, if you have some other concepts, feel free to try. The goal is just to find a way to lock your canopy with the ground strongly and, at the same time, not adding too much in your carrying list.
This section is kind of conditional. It might not apply to everyone or every tent. But these are some quality improvements.
Some tents have attachable sidewall extensions. While the sidewalls will protect you from flying sand particles, they will also catch more wind adding a significant amount to the total stress.
If you are there on a windy day, it’s probably a good idea to remove those. However, as I said, it might or might not apply to your next trip. Another quality improvement is opening the vents.
Some tents have vents that you can choose to keep open or closed. In most cases, you are better off keeping them open, unless it’s raining or something. Keeping even a small vent open will reduce a big part of the stress your tent is facing.
This might sound odd, but yes, you should be somewhat ready to retreat. You know, just in case, if things go out of hand, you might need to take down your canopy.
If the wind starts picking up speed, and you keep the tent erected, there’s a good chance it might get blown away or even worse, torn apart.
Being at the beach with family or friends is hands down one of the most enjoyable recreational activities. I understand not all people like it, but many people do (including me). A tent is not essential, but it adds a lot to the trip.
It provides a place of privacy, comfort, shade, and safety for belongings. However, a tent kind of becomes essential if you are with the elderly or kids.
You should be careful with the canopy if you bring one. Give it some effort and care while setting it up.
As long as it is there, there’s no more to worry about other than yourselves. It is really awkward when a canopy suddenly gets blown up with a sudden gust. I am sure you don’t want to be the owner of the blown away canopy.
For that specific reason, I tried to express my knowledge of keeping them put where you want it to be. I tried to be as thorough and clear as I could. It’s not complicated, and there’s no hard and fast rule to it.
For the most part, you need to know what you are doing and incorporate some ideas to it (The ones I mentioned). I hope you have a great trip to the beach next time.