Camping is undoubtedly one of the best ways to enjoy nature while escaping the hustle and bustle of daily life to disturb you.
What could be better than escaping to a remote location and awakening to the sounds of birds chirping instead of phones and alarms!
Choosing tents for camping can be daunting with so many different options all claiming to offer the most comfortable sleeping environment. This article will explore some of the main things to look for in a tent, and help you to find the perfect tent for your next camping trip.
Factors to consider:
Budgeting For A Tent:
As with any shopping expedition, you need to have a clear idea of your highest limit you are prepared to spend. It’s especially easy to be swayed by the numerous added features that can make life just that little bit more comfortable. Expect to pay anything between $50 and $400 for a quality tent.
Purpose Of The Tent:
What are you going to be using your tent for? Where will you be using your tent? Backpackers will look for vastly different tents for camping than say a family in a SUV. There are plenty of lightweight tents that are designed specifically for being rolled up and carried around in a backpack.
This is relatively obvious, but you need to keep in mind how many people will be camping with you. An interesting fact to take into consideration is that the general “2-person” or “3-person” measurement doesn’t take into account the fact that everybody has luggage to contend with inside the tent as well! Always allow extra room in a tent for baggage, and some room for movement when selecting tents for camping.
Campers in colder regions obviously need a lot more from a tent than their counterparts in tropical regions. All tents come with a season rating, the best being a 4-season rating. This means that the tent can withstand even the harshest seasons. Many tents have fantastic features that make them ultra weather/wind or rain resistant. Even if you don’t intend of camping in harsh weather, these are useful features to have in a tent!
You might have thought that the color of your tent was important, but it can make all the difference. A brightly colored tent (preferably in a unique shade) means never searching for your tent or (horror of horrors) unzipping and entering the wrong tent!
In some parts of the world, brightly colored tents are outlawed as they create an eyesore. You need to weigh up the pros and cons for yourself, or settle somewhere in between neon nightmare and a completely camouflaged tent.
To sum up
Choosing your perfect tent is a bit like finding the perfect pair of jeans; it might take some shopping around but when you do find the perfect tent, you will enjoy it for many years to come. It’s well worth taking a bit of time to select the perfect tent for yourself and your family!