Camping Tent Floor Tips

A tent is your shelter at the campground. It’s where you’ll sleep at night and where you’ll store your clothes and other gear. Remember that a tent is not a place to store food, and you should never eat in your tent. Your tent should have features that will protect you from the elements. You want it to be sturdy enough to stand up under windy conditions, and it should keep you dry when it rains. Besides having a good rainfly for a roof, it needs to have a good floor to keep out ground water that seeps under your tent. It doesn’t have to rain for water to accumulate under

Mt. Barren Family Camping Tents from Gigatents

Mt. Barren Family Camping Tents from Gigatents

your tent. Morning dew will collect on your tent, run down the walls and settle under your tent too.

A good tent will have a one piece tub floor, which means there are no cross-seams connecting the floor material. Even though floor seams could be sealed, they are subject to wear and tear, and they would require more frequent re-sealing. A tub floor gets its name from the way the material continues up the walls about six inches before being sewn to the walls. The purpose of this is to keep the side seams elevated so that no seams are touching the ground. A floor made out of heavy gauge polyurethane-coated nylon taffeta or oxford nylon will provide good waterproof protection.

Family Camping Tents like the Mt. Barren Family Tent has a tub style floor which will keep the camper who sleeps in this tent nice and dry regardless of the dew and rain mother nature doles out.

Try to keep the inside of your tent free of debris. A whisk broom comes in handy for sweeping up dirt, and a simple throw rug placed by the tent door works well for stepping inside the tent when you have dirty boots or shoes on. Go barefoot in your tent. Take off your shoes and place them on this rug until you go back outside. This keeps the dirt from your shoes on the rug, which you can take outside to shake out.

Last, but not least, use a ground cloth under your tent. This will help protect the tent floor from the abrasion of sticks and stones, and it adds an extra layer of waterproofing below your tent. Be sure to tuck the ground cloth a little bit under your tent so that it doesn’t stick out and collect rain that will run between the ground cloth and your tent floor.


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