It is always a good idea to mark poles and all other components with color tapes for better identification and hence, simpler and faster to set up.
It is very important that tents must not be cleaned in a washing machine with laundry detergent. This will cause damage to the coated nylon used on the floor and the fly. In case the tent need to be washed, it is advisable to bring it to a professional dry cleaning shop.
To avoid strong wind from blowing and damaging your tent and the personal belongings inside, always remember to carry along tent pegs. You do not need to bring a hammer if weight is a factor; use any large rocks instead which you could easily find in the campsite.
A portable fan with light that can be hooked from the ceiling is very handy and useful.
Before the trip, always practice to set up your new tent inside the home or in your backyard. After some practice, you should be ready to pitch your tent faster at the campsite. In addition, you will know that all the poles and components are in place. You could actually try out a night in it with the new sleeping bags and the air mattress, just to judge if everything is comfortable and meet your expectation. It will be a nightmare out in the middle of nowhere if some poles or parts are found to be missing.
Get ready a portable repair kit. The kit should include some spare poles, pole repair parts, waterproof tapes, synthetic waterproof sealer, some sewing supplies, ..etc.
Strictly speaking, no open flame or candle is allowed inside any tent because nylon and tent materials can catch fire and burn quickly. Always use solar powered or rechargeable LED light / lanterns instead. Do not use any type of portable stoves or lit a mosquito coil inside the tend also.
Experienced campers like to use a tent ground sheet as it will protect the tent as well as providing an extra insulating layer above the damp and wet ground.
It is a good habit to retain and save the original tent set up instructions. Duplicate a copy of the instructions, wrapped into a waterproof plastic bag and keep inside the tent bag. This can be helpful and for easy reference when you are taking the tent out again at the start of next year’s camping season.
Inspect and sweep clean the camp spot that you have chosen. Ensure to remove any sharp sticks or tree branches, rocks, glass or other debris before pitching up the tent. In case if the ground is not flat, do not sleep with your feet higher than your head.
Seasoned campers usually bring extra tent fly sheet even if the weather anticipated to be good. Better to bring along and not use it. In addition to keeping the rain off, the fly also provide an extra layer to keep the tent warmer and a little more privacy.
Remember to always zip up the tent door fully to keeping all the bugs, insects and flies out of your tent.
In the event you need to pack a wet tent and leave the campsite quickly, make sure to unpack and hang it dry when you reach home.
Lastly, bring all the nice food to pamper yourself and enjoy the trip.