Considerations for Choosing the Right Camping Tent


Here are some considerations when choosing the right camping tent:

  • What time of year will you be doing your camping?
  • As simple as it sounds, your camping tent must keep you dry.
  • The camping tent should be fairly easy to set up, or “pitch”.
  • There should be adequate ventilation on all sides of the camping tent.
  • The size and weight of the camping tent should be relative to your camping activity.

Time of Year

There are generally three types of camping tent classifications and each depend on the time of year that they will be utilized.

  • All-season or convertible – these are used year round but despite the name do not perform well in harsh winter weather. Weight is generally not an issue.
  • 3-season – this type of tent works well for all but the harshest cold weather condition.
  • 4-season – built for extreme cold weather climates.

Most of the time, when people think of an all-season camping tent, they picture a large vehicle or family tent. The majority of cabin tents are designed to be used year-round. These are wonderful for summer camping in a relaxing setting.

My personal recommendation for the most adaptable camping shelter is the three-season model. Some of the bigger tents are perfect for family camping trips, while some of the smaller tents for two people are great for hiking and other outdoor activities. This kind of tent is almost always a dome style.

Staying Dry

It is possible for you to go to the nearby army-navy surplus shop and purchase two shelter parts in order to use them for camping. When I was in the army, we disliked having to bivouac in those canvas tents because as soon as you touched the fabric on the inside, it would cause the tent to start leaking, particularly when it rained but also from the morning dew. This was really frustrating for us.

But hold on, you say that instead of a rain fly I could simply use an army poncho to protect myself from the rain. You have a valid point. You may also consider purchasing a poncho to wear over the top of your shelter half. But now the air circulation is compromised!

However, what about the floor itself? Because of the moisture coming from the ground, you need a groundcloth. Indeed, we need to get at the very least one more poncho for use on the ground.

The main idea here is that modern technology is an amazing development. Tents designed specifically for camping may be bought with a coating that repels water but yet allows airflow to pass through. The majority of tents designed for camping are outfitted with a watertight rain fly that is affixed to the tent poles and yet permits ventilation. And last, many tents designed for camping feature flooring that are sewed into the bottom of the tent.

On this page, you’ll find further information regarding various camping tent materials as well as the rain fly.

Make it EASY

The camping tent you purchase need to be quite simple to erect. There is no other moment other than when it is pouring or when it is dark when this will become more obvious.

How therefore can I determine whether or not the tent will be simple for me to erect? Camping tents with an A-frame or a dome design are often simple to set up. Using a cabin tent is not always the easiest option. To see more simple tent designs for camping, go here.

On the other hand, when the time has come to pack up your tent and go on, you will want it to fold up into a tidy package that is simple to store and carry with you.

Let the Air Through

Your camping tent need sufficient airflow in order to function properly. A quality tent for camping, such as the one seen above, will have openings on all sides.

The majority of tents designed for camping will also come equipped with mesh screens on either side. Even if you are attempting to keep the bugs out of the tent, or even if it is windy and there is debris, this will allow air to continue to circulate through the tent.

If the insects in the location where you want to go camping are bothersome, you should look for a tent that has a wide mesh opening in it.

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