Buying a tent can be a daunting process. It isn’t easy, and it’s ideal that you do some research on what tent would best suit you before you go the store or buy it online. To make things a bit easier, Campersway has come up with some quick tips when deciding what type of tent to you and your family should go with before you camp.
How many people will be sleeping in the tent?
First things first, you need to find out how many people will be sleeping in the tent. A tents size can be quite deceiving as well, when a tent says it is a ‘four-person tent’, It means it will fit four people at a maximum. Realistically, A four-person tent can comfortably fit 2 people with beds and bags, or maybe 3. If you’re after a tent to fit a family of four, a six-person is probably the best fit. If there are any more than 4 people, you might have to look further than a six-person tent.
You need to take into consideration what you will need space for, whether it’s storage or bedding. You might think that a four-person tent looks massive when it’s empty, but once you start filling it out, you run out of room very quickly.
What conditions will the tent be used in?
Not all tents can be used in every weather condition.
For hot, summer weather, a lightweight tent with heaps of ventilation that is not designed to withhold rain and wind would be perfect. A three-season tent is perfect if you are camping in both winter and summer. It will be more likely to survivor heavier rain and winds, as well as provide protection from the cold weather.
Winter tents are not too common in Australia, as our conditions are milder in winter. But if you are planning on camping in snowy conditions, you will definitely need a winter tent – not a three season tent. Shop carefully to get the right tent to suit the weather you will be camping in.
How much will the tent weigh?
Some tents can be extremely heavy, so if you need to carry it a long distance, make sure get a smaller one.
Some of the larger tents are extremely heavy to carry, even if it’s just from the car to the campsite. Some family tents are so large when packed up in their bags, you won’t even be able to fit them on the roof racks.
So check that out before you commit to purchase. Whilst weight for car camping is not as big as a consideration as weight when you are hiking, You really need to look at your own capabilities and whether or not you will be comfortable moving that tent around.
How easy is it to set up?
How many times have you walked into a camping store, see a big, massive tent, with lots of room and storage area, and it sleeps ten people! However good this tent looks, you need to think about how long it took the camping store staff to set up.
You don’t want to spend hours on end upon arriving at a campsite on setting up a complicated tent, so you need to consider ease of setting up when selecting a tent.
Remember as well, the bigger the tent, the bigger are you will need to set it up, so make sure the area you are going to can accommodate larger tents.
Hopefully, that helps If you are looking for what tent you should buy. I would also recommend going into your local camp store and asking the staff. They know best when it comes to tents, they are the experts for a reason, and they can help select a tent personally suited to your situation.