Do you feel prepared to spend the night in the great outdoors? The good news is that you only require a few resources to get going. No special equipment is required besides a sleeping bag, headlamp, and tent (and maybe some courage). While hammock camping can be an exciting experience in its own right, most people find that sleeping in a tent provides a bit more protection from the elements.
Even though tents are generally straightforward, you must make important choices before purchasing. These include the type of tent you want, the size you require, and the features you prioritize.
And once you’ve found the ideal tent for your camping trips, there are some simple maintenance and storage procedures you can follow to ensure that it lasts for many seasons. If you properly store your high-end tent after each camping trip, it will last for years to come. Everything you need to know about purchasing a new tent for camping, including advice on choosing the best model, is provided here.
1. How many people will be sleeping in the tent?
Never think that a four-person tent can accommodate four people. Two or three people may fit inside. However, two is ideal for a pleasant stay. For example, a tent designed for four people would be quite cramped for that many people, with no extra room for gear. Consider a tent that sleeps six people if you’re a family of four. Your bedding and clothing can be stored in separate, more manageable spaces.
If the weather worsens, the extra room in the tent will be a lifesaver. Take into account how much room you’ll need in the tent and the gear you intend to bring with you. Those tall adult campers need space to stretch out like everyone else. It’s important to know how big you are and how big the tent you’re considering is. Size does matter when it comes to tents.
2. Types of tents
What kind of tent are you looking for? That, of course, is question-specific and dependent on the nature of your camping trip. Backpacking tents are the most “technical” or built for performance and adverse conditions. These tents are made to last as long as possible while being as light as feasible.
There are two fundamental sorts of tents: those that don’t require stakes to stay in place and those that do. Due to their lighter weight and lack of metal frame pieces, most hiking tents require staking. They aren’t suited for use on rugged terrain, though, because they can only stand on their own with the help of pegs.
Many hiking tents are telescoping, meaning they are more prominent at the entrance (where your head enters) and smaller at the feet to conserve weight. This design is called “bivvy-shaped,” like a bivouac tent. On the downside, this also implies that space within is limited. For automobile camping, a small and lightweight tent isn’t as important. Car camping tents are often larger, made of heavier fabrics, and have features like interior lighting and zippered windows that add bulk and weight.
3. What Specific Functions Do You Require?
If you’re going to be using your tent for backpacking or camping in cold circumstances, you should look for a rainfly. Due to the protection provided by the rainfly, the tent body can be made primarily of mesh, improving ventilation (which keeps you dry in case of frost or condensation). Tents without rain flies are more suited to the backyard or drive-in camping since they typically include windows or vents near the top.
There are two main tent poles, the cheaper ones manufactured from materials like fiberglass and the more expensive ones built from aluminum (made from aluminum or, in high-end tents, carbon.) Tents with fiberglass poles are often a bit thicker and heavier, and they are more likely to break or snap in the solid wind because fiberglass isn’t as sturdy as some metals. Tents for backpacking are often made of aluminum, but those intended to withstand strong winds should be carbon. When shopping for a tent for use by inexperienced campers at a nearby park, carbon fiber may be overkill.
If you’re going to be camping in windy weather, you should invest in a tent with guy lines. Installing guy wires and loops on your rain fly will assist keep it taut and secure, even in high winds. If there is only a slight breeze, you don’t need to worry about securing the guy lines. Most tents have one main zipper to reduce bulk. Try to get a tent that allows easy entry and exit on both sides, preferably with a zipper door.
4. Make sure it’s simple to use
There’s a great tent with loads of room and storage areas, and it sleeps 10 people, that you might find in the store. However, how long does preparation take? Does one need a tiny army? When looking at a new tent, keep that in mind. The efficiency of use is crucial. You want to spend only hours upon arriving trying to put up a tent, whether you’re doing it by yourself or enlisting the help of your dissatisfied children who would instead be playing than passing you poles and pegs.
Although it may not always be possible, setting up the tent inside the store is preferable. Videos of people erecting a wide variety of tents can be found on YouTube. Look for a tent roughly the same size as you want or one close enough, and then watch the video. Test out the tent to see if it’s something you can set up on your own. Also, instead of trusting the manufacturer’s video, which is incentivized to make tent assembly look simple, seek reviews written by impartial third parties. An outsider reviewer has a better chance of spotting flaws in the product or service than someone inside the firm.