Between being beaten into the ground and holding your shelter firmly in place in extreme weather conditions, it’s no wonder that tent pegs are typically the first things that need replacing.
The tent pegs many brands provide with their products aren’t known for their durability. They are usually made from plastic or thin steel, which leads to bending and snapping, neither of which makes it any easier to get them into the ground. Upgrading your tent pegs before they break saves you time and frustration out at the campsite.
However, there are a few ways to avoid damaging your tent pegs as often.
Check the density of the ground before hammering in a peg. Most tent pegs bend from hitting rocks and stones when being banged in.
Hit the peg in over the ‘bend’ in the peg, not the ‘hook’. This will keep the peg straight and not bend inwards when being banged in.
Hammer the peg in at a 45-degree angle with the head facing away from the structure. This will not only provide a stronger anchor point for the peg but will reduce the flex of the peg in extreme winds.
If you’re still not sure on how to properly hammer in your tent pegs, check out our guide to pitching a tent!