Camping with friends and family is really fun. And whether you’re enjoying the campsite itself or just using it as a jumping-off place for nearby activities, we’ll help you find the right camping tent or backpacking tent for you.
You’ve probably noticed that there’s a huge range of sizes and styles of tents available today so finding the correct one can be a bit tricky. The first thing you should do is narrow down the size and berth.
Small weekender tents are great for throwing in the boot of a car or strapping to your festival trolley. Their capacity range is from one to four people with a small porch area to stash your gear. If you’re travelling light, heading away for the weekend or venturing to a festival, these are ideal. Just consider your transportation–using a car? Pop-ups are idea. Taking it on a plane? Maybe skip the pop-up and take a poled tent.
Backpacking and trekking tents are similar to weekender tents, however they are much more durable as they are designed for prolonged use in bad weather. They are also smaller with limited space for gear as they’re designed to be as lightweight as possible. Think scouts, multi-day treks or backpacking and you’re on the right track.
Lastly you have the classic family tents which usually hold four to ten people and are available in two distinct styles: dome and tunnel. Tunnel tents offer larger living spaces with large front opening doors allowing for lots of light to enter. Dome tents, on the other hand, offer a larger standing height due to the straighter walls and sleeping pods on either side with a more limited living space in the centre.
If you’re looking for a family tent think about how much gear your bringing with you; you may find sizing up to be a more comfortable option if you have a couple of kids and a dog. When planning to buy, also think of how your living area will be laid out. Is there enough room for your table and storage unit?
The first thing to think about when you’re choosing a tent is how many people will want to sleep in the tent-plus gear and pets. You’ll want to know that there is no industry standard for per-person tent dimensions, so they can vary a lot. However, you can assume a tight fit. If you’re claustrophobic, toss and turn at night or are bringing a small child or pet, you should consider upping your tent capacity by one person.
You want to pick the tent that is right for the conditions you’ll be encountering. There are three types: 3-season, 3-4 season and 4 season tents.
Tents offer a variety of features that you should consider before purchasing. Here are a few of the most common.