How Do I Fix My Camping Tent Pole?

Camping is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature, but when your tent pole breaks, it can be a major inconvenience. Fixing your tent pole is not always easy, but with a little patience and some basic supplies, it can be done.

The first step in fixing your tent pole is to assess the damage. Look at the broken section and determine if the pole can be salvaged or if it needs to be replaced entirely. If the break is clean, then most likely you can fix it. However, if there are multiple breaks or the material is frayed or cracked in other areas then you may need to replace it.

Once you have determined that your pole can be fixed then you will need to gather some supplies.

You will need a length of strong cord or rope that is slightly longer than the length of the broken section of the pole. You will also need some duct tape, electrical tape, or zip ties for binding and reinforcing the joint.

To begin repairing your tent pole you will first need to tie together both ends of the broken section using a strong knot such as a double fisherman’s knot or bowline knot. This will create one continuous piece that can then be reinforced with tape or zip ties. Make sure that you wrap several layers of tape around the joint area so that it is secure.

Once you have secured the joint with tape, you should test out how well it holds by gently bending and flexing it back and forth several times. If there are any weak spots then reinforce them further with additional tape until they are secure.

Finally, when everything feels secure and ready to use again, put up your tent one more time just to make sure that everything works correctly and no further adjustments need to be made before taking it out camping again.


Fixing a broken camping tent pole doesn’t have to be difficult. With some basic supplies such as cord or rope, duct tape and electrical tape or zip ties, you can easily repair your tent pole in no time at all so that you can get back outside and enjoy nature!

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Jennifer Watson