Guide To Buying A Camping Tent
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Everyone wants quality time whenever they are on a trip or getaway with their families. With most people opting for camping with their families or friends, choosing the best camping tent is a priority. While some people may go for cheap camping tents for the sake of saving, getting a substandard camping tent may just ruin what was supposed to a wonderful camping session. Buying a quality camping tent will keep you off the rain during the rainy season when you’re out camping. While there are so many features to look out for before buying a camping tent, there are critical considerations that need to be made.
Here’s are considerations and camping tent features that you should always keep in mind when preparing for your next camping trip:
1. Sleeping Capacity
Whenever you are planning for a family camping trip, a 1-person tent is obviously not going to be sufficient. It is important to decide how many people will sleep in one tent. In the case of a family camping trip, parents may decide to get one tent while the kids get a 1-person tent each. It all depends with the size of a family and the budget. Manufacturers often underestimate the size of the average adult and is therefore important to ascertain that you will be comfortable sleeping in a tent before buying it.
A 2-person tent may not be sufficient for two people. Reason? Such a tent leaves very little elbow space or storage space. In that case, a 4-person tent would be more comfortable for two people since it would leave some space to spread out and also leave some storage space for your gear. For families with three or four members, it would be a good idea to go for a 6-person tent.
Family tents (for 4 to 8 people) may be a great acquisition in some instances. However, these giant tents may not be the best. When camping in the outback, it would be difficult to find a spot for pitching a giant tent which is perfectly rock-free and flat. In such an instance, it would be easier to pitch several 2-person tents. One time when it is important to consider family tents is when campgrounds charge per tent. In this case, you save on the camping fees by reducing the number of tents.
2. Camping Tent Seasonality
Campers need different tents for the different seasons. If you plan on camping during the summer when it is warm, a lightweight tent that offers plenty of ventilation would be the best choice. Such a tent, however, wouldn’t be good enough in the rainy or wet season, and it is therefore important to select a tent that suits the season.
There are four options for campers who are choosing a camping tent based on the seasonality. These are 1-season, 2-season, 3-season, 3+ season tent and 4-season tents. 1-season camping tents shouldn’t be a choice for ‘serious’ campers since they offer little or no protection from the rain or wind. They are not suitable for camping in the wilderness or by the beach.
2-season tents may offer little protection against wind and rain and are only suitable for camping in mild weather or for events such as festivals. They are suitable when little or no rain is expected or when you are prepared to spend the night in your car whenever the weather goes bad.
3 and 3+ season tents are the most preferred since they can withstand rain and wind, with 3+ camping tents being warmer and steadier. 4-season camping tents can withstand strong winds, strong rains and even snowfall since they are made of thicker material. They also adopt shapes through which precipitation can easily fall off rather than build up on top of the tent. This also makes them applicable for the winter camping sessions.
3. Camping tent type
are many types of camping tents in the market. One of these is the pop up tents, which are cheap and easy to set up. However, they are poor at withstanding rain and wind. Double wall tents have an inner tent which has a waterproof floor and is set up using poles. Over the inner tent is an exterior rain fly, making these tents durable and resistant to elements of weather.
Single wall tents lack a rain fly and should therefore be made of waterproof material. A downside to these tents is that they can easily build up condensation in the inside since their material doesn’t breathe well. Single wall tents should therefore have good ventilation to avoid suffocation through the night.
4. Tent Weight
The tent weight comes into consideration especially for backpackers who will carry their tents over a long distance. Keep in mind that the tent weight is relative to the size. For campers, this factor does not affect the choice of camping tent as much since they probably carry their luggage in their cars. However, whenever you are planning to camp in a campground that is accessed through hiking, it is important to mind the weight of the camping tent.
It is important to note that not all heavy camping tents will be sturdy. You will often find lightweight materials that are as strong and durable. Most 3-season camping tents that can accommodate one to four people are considered lightweight and are suitable for the backpackers.
5. Tent shape
The shape of the camping tent determines the stability of the tent as well as ease of assembly. Ridge tents are fairly stable, easy to set up and deflect precipitation well. These tents share traits with dome tents, which also offer more head room. Geodesic tents can be complicated to set up but offer plenty of head room and are also very stable in adverse weather. Tunnel tents must be pegged down when setting up and require a lot of space but are generally stable. The type of tent will depend on personal preference and the prevailing weather conditions.
Extra features that campers can consider include the price, zippers, meshing, guyout loops, lantern loop, poles, pockets and material.
Campers should compare tents by their features and decide on which tent matches their budget. For the sleeping capacity, it is advisable to buy a tent whose capacity is two people higher than the actual number of people it can accommodate. It is also important to choose a tent whose material can keep the interior off water but also offer sufficient air circulation. Overall, buy a tent in which you will be comfortable and one that remains stable even in adverse weather.