Which Camping Tent is Right for You?

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What features should you look for in a camping tent? Read our guide for the best tips and suggestions.

If you search for the best camping tent online you’re going to get confused with all the options, and it is more effective to set a criteria and use that as a guide to making the right decision. Here are the features you should consider.

Size and Capacity

Camping tents are measured by the number of persons that can sleep in the tent, so sizes like 2-person, 4-person, 8-person may seem self-explanatory, but you have to keep in mind the needs of campers vary. While a 4-person tent offers sufficient room for people to sleep in, there might not be enough room for each person’s gear.

If you carry a lot of equipment it’s better to go with one size bigger so the extra space can be used to store your gear. So if you’re camping with your partner it’s better to get a 4-person tent so there’s ample room for your stuff. A large tent is also necessary if you’re going to bring an air mattress camping.

Tent Durability

Durability depends on its construction. A 3 season tent (summer, spring, fall) is the standard type and it is an excellent choice for most campers. Quality varies of course, but generally they can withstand exposure to the sun, rain and moderate winds. A 4-season tent is more durable and can handle the cold. A 4-season tent is also suitable if you camp in rain prone areas.

Dome vs. Cabin Style Tents

Cabin style tents have almost vertical walls that optimize the height and interior space, and most of them also have wall dividers for privacy. Dome style tents have sloping walls so interior space is limited compared to the cabin. However they are more durable and capable of withstanding strong winds and stormy weather. Aside from the wall and ceiling, you should also consider the length. Don’t settle for anything less than 90 inches if you or anyone with you is over 6 ft. tall.

Other Features to Look For

Today’s tents come with all sorts of features but you should look only for those essential for your needs. Multiple doors will come in handy if there are several people with you so you don’t have to wait in line to get out. You should also pay attention to the quality of the zippers: they have to be smooth, sturdy and don’t make a lot of noise.

The tent poles tell you how hard or easy the tent will be to set up. Because today’s tents are mostly freestanding there is no need for stakes and they’re easier to take down and pack up. Quality poles are essential and fiberglass should do fine for most people, though aluminum is also available.

A tent comes with all the equipment you need to set it up, but there are accessories which can enhance your experience. A seam sealer is necessary in case there’s a rip, and you may also want to bring a repair kit, as even the best camping tent could use  a touch up every now and then.

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