Choosing the Tents for Camping

Your tent is not just your shelter while you are camping, but it protects you from wind, rain, and blizzards. Your tent is your home in the woods. It even forms the best outdoor memories. Hence the tent is one of the most significant purchases for an outdoor enthusiast. This guide will help you choosing the tents for campings.

Choosing the Tents for Camping

#1 Check for the Sleeping Capacity

You have enjoyed the most amazing views and walked for miles for your entire day, and you are completely exhausted. Your home in the woods (your camping tent), is the most needed gear for you to rest. 

You would need the tent for yourself and your partner or your backpack and other gear if you decided to have them inside your tent. So based on this, a 2 to 3 person capacity can provide you enough space.

#2 Consider Your Camping Tent Material

Pick a tent with higher-denier fabric canopies, and rainflies are more rugged than lower-denier ones. Also, seam tape and high-denier fabrics on tent floors reduce the odds of leakage.

#3 Choose the Camping Tent Based on the Season

Based on the season, and your camping site, pick a three-season or four-season tent. 

Three season camping tents (Spring, Summer, and Fall) are lightweight and designed to provide cooling in hot weather conditions. Three season tents are the most popular tents and equipped with mesh panels to offer air-flow and to keep insects away.

Three season tents can withstand the downpours but may not sustain the harsh winds, or heavy storms or heavy snow.

#4 Consider Your Camping Tent Weight

If you are car camping, the weight doesn’t matter.

But if you are backpacking, the less the weight is, the better for you. It’s good to pick a 4 pound or less weight tent for your back.  

If your tent includes a tent canopy, poles, rainfly, stakes, stuff sack, and guy lines, then your tent can be heavier for backpacking. If your tent only includes stakes, guy lines, and stuff sack, then your tent light in weight, you can easily backpack.

Key Features to Consider

Peak’s Height:

If you like being able to stand up when changing clothes or enjoy the airiness of a high ceiling, then look for a tent with a tall peak height (listed in the spec charts).

Dome Style Camping Tents:

Dome style tents offer superior strength and wind-shedding abilities, both of which you’ll appreciate on a stormy night. They stand tall in the center, but their walls have more of a slope, which slightly reduces livable space.

Cabin Style Camping Tents:

Cabin-style tents feature near-vertical walls to maximize overall peak height and livable space, (and some models come with family-pleasing features such as room dividers and an awning, or a vestibule door that can be staked out as such).

Freestanding Camping Tents

Freestanding camping tents can stand up on their own without rods’ aid. This enables you to set it up on the hard ground when it is necessary.

The Floor Length:

If you are tall (over 6 feet) or like additional space, consider a tent with a floor-length of 90 inches (rather than the more typical 84–88 inches).

Tent Poles

A tent’s pole structure helps determines how easy or hard it is to pitch. Virtually all family tents these days are freestanding, which means they do not require stakes to set up. The significant advantage of tent poles is that you can pick the tent up and move it to a different location. You can also quickly shake the dirt out of it before taking it down.

Fewer poles allow faster setups. It’s also easier to attach poles to clips than it is to thread them through long pole sleeves. Many tents use clips and short pole sleeves to balance strength, ventilation, and setup ease. Color-coded corners and pole clips also make setup faster. Aluminum poles are robust and more durable than fiberglass.