Tips for choosing a camping tent

2 people camping tentGot a holiday, you are preparing a trip for your family to a nature campsite or a few day of backpacking with your buddies, the first thing that comes to mind is a tent. Going camping without a tent is just like beefsteak with no beef at all. You have to pack a tent so that you can have the whispering of trees lure you into sleep, so that you can feel the warmth of friends sleeping side by side, knowing the outside is really cold. And what could be more fascinating than sitting at a tent’s threshold, watching the campfire and listening to the crackling of the fire.

Overall, getting a suitable tent is the most important part of preparing for camping. Tent has the utmost importance when it comes to camping enjoyment. There are a variety of different shapes and sizes of a tent for you to choose from so take note of these things mentioned below if you want the right tent.

1. Size

Before deciding on a tent, you have to consider its capacity: how many people will be sleeping in that tent, the space the baggage will take and your purposes.

Generally, tents are described as 2 man, 4 man, 6 man and more. The 2, 4, 6… represent the maximum numbers of people you can stuff into a tent. Therefore, a 4-man tent is only sufficient for 2 people to sleep comfortably, and that is only when the baggage does not count. Hence, only if you are on a backpacking trip with your friends, who also need not the luxury of turning over without nudging someone, then you can trust the given number.

You should also consider the actual length and width. You would want to add more space to stand up, stretch and turn in your sleep. A simple way to get the length and width right is to add an extra 1-2 feet. Tent has slopes so the space for you to stand straight is quite small too. Make sure you do not have to bend too much when getting in the tent and can stand up without bother your fellow tent-mate.

Also, you would not want to be too generous because a bigger tent is heavier and much harder to pitch.

2. Shape

Family tent

Family tent

There are 4 basic kinds of shapes for tents: A-frame, geodesic, wall and umbrella. If you travel with your family, an umbrella tent might be the right choice while an A-frame tent is often small and neat, which is good enough for light travel.

Pay attention to the shape of the floor. A round floor or an almost round floor does not provide as sufficient space as a square floor.

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3. Fabric

Most tents are made of nylon for waterproofing purposes. Tents with better fabric tend to be thicker and therefore heavier, so take time thinking carefully if you do not want to be stuck with a backpack that is too heavy. You should make sure that the tent is dry before you fold it and put it inside your backpack. You do not want mold to take hold of your tent and ruin it. Bring towel on your trip to dry tents after using them.

4. Poles

You should choose tents with firm poles and elastic shock cord which links the poles together. You should practice pitching your tent before bringing it on your trip just to make sure that all the poles are strong enough. And do not forget to bring emergency repair links for poles might break while you are on the way, away from all the camping equipment stores.

5. Seams

You should reinforce seams with nylon tapes to make them stronger and more weatherproof. You also need to waterproof all seams with seam sealer yearly and check them before you go on your journey.

6. Zippers

The zippers should allow you to open and close the tent easily without getting stuck. You should check the zippers before decide on a tent. Avoid the zippers of the rusting type; the tent will not last long before you get bothered by the constantly stuck zippers.

7. Cost

High price often equal stronger tents, with better material and stronger poles. However, you just need a tent that is strong enough for your purposes, so do not bother yourself with heavy tents if your campsite has mild and dry weather and if the place you pitch your tent is not far from home.

8. Weather

Different types of weather require different types of tents. Check the weather forecast to gain some insight into the weather of your campsite. You would want your tent to hold its place even in a windy or rainy day provide you comfort even when you all are being holed up in your tent for some weather reasons.

 

After you consider all the above elements, you can get yourself a tent that serves your purposes best. Have a nice holiday!

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