Millets Basket Close Menu Search Store Finder Twitter Facebook Instagram Blog Engage voice search

Quick and Easy Tent Repairs

Snapped tent poles, broken guy lines, leaking seams; tent repairs are easy to do, and we’ll show you how, so a simple problem doesn’t bring a quick end to your camping trip.

If you’re at the campsite and find a snapped pole or small fabric tear, then you can easily make a quick fix using tape. This temporary solution is cheap, effective and will see you though your holiday.

Broken Poles

If a tent pole is broken, then you should replace the damaged section when you get home. Follow these simple steps:

  • Identify the measurements of the pole and purchase a replacement that matches
  • Most replacement poles will need to be cut to size. Take care when doing so.
  • Unthread the elastic until you reach the broken section. Keep the pole sections you remove in order.
  • Replace the broken section and rethread the elastic, making a knot at the end to hold the tension.
  • Spare pole sections are available online or in your local Millets store.

Snapped Elastic

If the elastic inside the pole needs replacing, remove all the sections and re-thread using new elastic. Tie temporary knots as you thread each section to ensure the elastic will stretch.

Leaking Seams

Is my tent leaking? A common question among campers who find moisture within their tent. This often will be condensation so investigate before you make any repairs. If you find a leak, then use a Nikwax proofing spray and seam sealer.

We hope this guide has given you the confidence to complete simple tent repairs. Need more advice or got tips of your own? Comment below or on our Facebook page.

Back to top

Related article

11 Mischievous Things Dogs Do Whilst Camping

11 Mischievous Things Dogs Do Whilst Camping

Camping with your dog may take more preparation and work to keep them safe and under control, but it will be far more enjoyable and rewarding having them in tow. Follow our guide and there will be no reason to leave them behind. Read more

Latest article

8 Lifeguarded Beaches to Visit Across the UK

8 Lifeguarded Beaches to Visit Across the UK

You might be surprised to discover that the British Isles coastline stretches further than the sum total of the coasts of France and Spain combined? Find out which beaches highly-qualified, strong and fit RNLI lifeguards are patrolling to keep you and your family safe. Read more