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Tent Stake Storage Hack

Here’s a simple trick that I use to make storing my titanium tent stakes a little more fabric-piercing friendly. I’ve had too many pieces of expensive gear accidentally stabbed by these thin tent stakes that I really care to mention, so this hack is a great solution that you might find useful too.

Tent Stake Storage Hack

Cut off a small piece of corrugated cardboard from the flap or unwanted section of an old box. Turn it round so that the corrugations are running length ways and use the small opening to slide in your tent stakes point first.

Depending on the gauge of your tent stakes you may have to use a fair amount of force to get them in, but the thin titanium ones typically slide in without and trouble.

Tent Stake Storage Hack

I leave one or two space between each tent stake to make them easier to grab and remove. That’s it. As Sam pointed out on my Flickr page, this is not the greatest lightweight option for carrying your tent stakes on the trail, a small silnylon or Tyvek pouch is better, but when it comes to packing up my gear in my closet this is not only the safest option I know of, it’s the only one that lets them lay flat and take up almost no space :) Hope it helps!

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  • Great post man, and good point on using the cardboard for storing the stakes. For carrying them in my pack I use a Spinn stake stuff sack with a reinforced bottom (I got it with my tarp & guylines from OES). I have used it for the last 2 years and it is holding up but I figure after another year or so it will be time to replace it…But it will probably be because the sack itself is wearing down rather than the reinforced bottom. Maybe it will last longer though…and of course I will probably replace it with a cuben stake bag…  :)

  • Awesome idea, will be using this from now on

  • Stephen

    Thanks!  Where did you get your stakes?  I’m in need of at least 10-12 for my new tarp. :)

  • Stephen, not 100% sure now. Half of them are from Gossamer Gear and the other half I don’t recall, Titanium Goat maybe? A quick tip that I learned the hard way, be sure to buy at least two of the more robust tent ‘nails’ for either end of the tarp, that’s where all of the stress will go and often the little Ti pegs don’t cut it. If you find any good deals, let me know :)

  • You’re welcome. It doesn’t always have to be complicated to be useful or a good idea. If you improve on it be sure to share it here.

  • You are such a gram weenie and my personal hero! Thanks Stick :)

  • Dharveymi

    Get currugated plastic. Just like cardboard but waterproof.

  • great idea.

  • Matt

    I use the same trick!  I got the idea from Judy Gross at Lightheart Gear – this is the way the stakes came when I rec’d my tent from her.

  • Brian, excellent idea and a good way of now losing one of your tent stakes in the brush.  The yellow tips are also a good idea I remember the post when you did that.  I have MSR ground-hog stakes with a small biner on them making them easier to see and glow rope as my tie downs.

  • Much more durable – thanks for the suggestion :)

  • Thanks Matt, I had to believe that I wasn’t the first person to make the connection between corrugated cardboard and tent stakes – great way to ship them!

  • I’ve lost too many expensive Ti stakes to let it happen any more. My first ‘hack’ was to paint them (some folks use nail polish) and then this was a simple storage trick. I like the suggestion of using the plastic cardboard from Deharveymi above.

  • Nice trick, now I have something useful for some of that cardboard going into the recycle.  Thanks for the cool idea!

  • Nicholas

    I found myself stumbling around a hobby store one day and picked up a sheet of corrugated plastic. The only way that it works better than the cardboard is that I have as of yet to have any pierce through and I also do not have to worry about moisture from the stakes, rain or whatever. Also you can write on it and use it as a cheat sheet for whatever you may need. I also have wrapped a little duct tape around mine.

  • Homer

    This very rig have worked for me almost 20 years safely carrying my skewers. great tip Green.