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Always use a footprint

One good tip – always use a footprint. A 'footprint' is basically any old (cheap) tarp that you place underneath the actual tent groundsheet itself. You can buy expensive ones but it really is not necessary.

Ensure that the footprint is around 5cm/2inches smaller than the actual outermost edges of the groundsheet. Using a cheap builders tarp found in any DIY store will do. Then simply cut to size. It's probably best to try to fit it to the actual shape of the tent properly as this'll make things a lot easier as there'll be no chance of extraneous bits extending out from under the tent.

The idea behind the footprint is that it helps to keep the bulk of the dirt off the underneath of your tent's groundsheet, making pack-up much easier. And it needs to be slightly smaller than your groundsheet to stop rain from running in between the two and ‘pooling’ under your tent.

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