Sand Pegs: Everything You NEED To Know

If you’re planning a beach camping trip or need to set up some shade or perhaps an annexe in a sandy area then it’s important that you have the best possible sand or beach pegs with you.  To help, I’ve put this article together to explain why sand pegs are important and which ones I believe are the best sand pegs to use.

Which is the best sand peg

What is a sand peg?

Sand peg vs metal peg
Sand peg vs standard metal peg

Different from your normal metal pegs, sand pegs are specifically designed to provide maximum grip when setting up in the sand.  Sand pegs are longer, wider, and somewhat more durable than normal tent pegs.

Why can’t I use normal metal pegs in the sand?

Without sand pegs your standard metal pegs are not long enough or wide even to provide the necessary grip and although they’ll be easy to knock into the sand, with one gust of wind they will pull straight out.  

Trust me when I say this, or perhaps learn from my mistakes.  In my earlier camping days I’ve set up a number of tents in the sand with standard metal pegs thinking they’ll be fine, or the wind is low, only to come back to camp to find my tent flipped or an unsecured awning flapping in the wind.

What are the different types of pegs you can use in the sand?

The range of sand pegs

There are a number of different sand pegs on the market with these pegs varying in size, profile, length, and colour.

What is the best sand peg in Australia?

Best two sand pegs
My two favourite sand pegs

Out of the sand pegs available I believe the best sand pegs to use in Australia are the GroundGrabba and the Supa Tent Peg.

Top of the supa tent peg sand peg
However… the Supa Tent Peg is my favourite

I’ve used both of these pegs and they both perform very well, however out of two, although the GroundGrabba provides the most resistance I actually prefer the Supa Tent Peg out of them both. 

Below are my reasons why…

1. No power drill is needed

Hex head of the ground grabba sand peg
Hex head of the GroundGrabba

Unlike the GroundGrabba you don’t need a drill to get them into the ground.  Yes, they say you can twist GroundGrabbas into the sand though I’ve tried this a few times, and it’s a pain-staking process and if there is no drill to screw it into the sand I’d much rather use a hammer to knock a Supa Tent Peg into the sand.

2. They are a nice and bright colour

Although this applies to the GroundGrabba sand pegs too, the Supa Tent Peg sand pegs bright yellow in colour meaning they are easy to spot especially if you’re packing up in the evening.

3. Durability

It’s durable, unlike other sand pegs I’ve hit these into the sand time and time again with both a rubber mallet and a metal hammer and these pegs have never shattered or broken up (which is more than I can say for other sand pegs I’ve used)

4. Sturdy tie-off points

Different sand peg heads
Decent tie off point unlike other sand pegs

The Supa Tent Peg pegs have two tie-off points, one being a hook on one side and a circle on the other.  This is great as you have two options depending on what you’re tieing off or connecting to the peg.

5. Length

length of the sand peg

Measuring 300mm, the Supa Tent Peg are a decent enough length to ensure a decent hold in the sand.

How do you put sand pegs in the sand?

When you put a sand peg in the sand I’ve found the best way to get a decent hold is to dig away the light sand on the surface and then drive your sand pegs into the harder stuff below using a hammer.  

Ideally, you want to use a rubber mallet instead of a metal hammer though both will work. (Just be mindful that a steelhead hammer may crack the top of the sand peg though this will come down to how durable it is)

What is the best way to get sand pegs out of the sand?

When it comes to getting sand pegs out of the sand, I’ve found the best way is to slacken off the guide rope that is attached to the sand peg and pull it out at the angle that it was driven into the sand (Note, just be careful that the peg doesn’t fling into you when pulled out).

If it’s driven in hard then another way is to use the claw end of your steel hammer.  You basically put this under the head of the sand peg and prise it back towards you in line with the angle that it went in.

Are screw pegs good for sand?

The short answer is no.  When it comes to inserting screw pegs into the sand it’s much like using a metal peg.  Screw pegs such as the photo above have a small thread which I’ve only found to be effective in the likes of soil or grass, and definitely not suitable for the beach.

If you’re looking for a sand peg to screw into the ground then you want to look at the likes of your ground-grabbing pegs.

Any tips if it’s extra windy?

sand peg in ground

Yes, if it’s extra windy I actually recommended digging a hole where you plan to put the sand peg in.  Once the hole is dug you can then drive the sand peg into the harder and deeper ground providing much more resistance on a windy day.  Remember to fill the hole back in as it can become a trip hazard!

Can you make your own sand pegs?

Yes, if you’re a handy type you can actually make your own sand pegs. I’ve never tried it myself though check out the below videos for those that want to give it a go.

Sand pegs made out of PVC
Sand peg using some timber as an anchor

Final thoughts

I hope you found this article helpful.  I know there will be some people that will have different opinions, though the advice I’ve provided above is purely based on my years of camping experience when setting up tents hundreds of times around the Australian coastlines.

If you have anything that you feel may be of use to others, please feel free to add a comment below.  Thanks all – happy camping!

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