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How To Choose Camping Tents.

<strong>How To Choose Camping Tents.</strong>

There Are Lots Of Tent Options To Choose From. Before Starting, Here Are Some Questions To Ask When You're Shopping For A Tent:

How Much ?

Decide how many people will sleep in the tent. Will backpacks and other equipment stay inside or out? Tip: Make sure there’s at least 30 square feet (2.8 square meters) of space per person. 

Camping Tent Floor Size: Floor area tells you the size of the camping tent. If you need extra elbow room that includes space to store gear inside, choose a camping tent that has a floor area of at least 20 square feet per person.

Tip: Consider a vestibule if you are forced to pick a small tent to save weight.  A vestibule is a floorless storage space that is created by staking the rain fly out from the camping tent. Just 5 square feet of vestibule space will allow you to keep a full-size pack out of the rain. Use it as a place to store your camping supplies, take off your shoes or hang out away from rain or bugs. Tip: Don’t go too big. Tents that are a lot larger than 10x10 feet ( 3.1m x 3.1m) can be awkwardly shaped and too heavy to carry far distances.

How Long And How Far ?

Are you camping at a park campsite next to your vehicle or are you hiking deep into the backcountry and carrying your tent. Get a family tent if you drive to campsites. Family tents tend to be quite a bit heavier, they also have tall walls (most people can usually stand up in them) and sometimes even multiple rooms that provide a lot of space and comfort. Since you’ll only have to carry your camping equipment a few metres from your trunk to your campsite weight isn't major concerns. Family tents are also a good option if you camp with multiple people at a time.

Tip: Consider the doors. One door is of course enough, two might help you sleep better at night and its less likely you’ll have to step over someone when you or your friend crawl outside to respond to the call of nature. Remember: Extra doors means extra weight.

When you’re planning a camping trip that involves carrying your tent on your back weight and size become very important, because besides your tent , you’ll also be carrying other supplies, like cooking gear, clothing, food and water. In this case choose a tent designed for backpacking, since they're lightweight and compact. Your back will thank you later.

When? Weather And Seasons.

Spring Summer And Fall. Most tents are designed for 3-season use. They are lightweight and tend to be cooler in hot weather. 3-season tents designed primarily to keep your pack light while still offering protection from bugs, wind and rain. They’re often built of lighter fabrics and feature more mesh for breathability and airflow. Tip: Choose a tent with a full-coverage rain fly that reaches all the way down to the ground rather than one that stops part way down.

Winter: If your camping plans extend into winter, you’ll need a 4-season tent. A four-season (or winter) tent is designed to withstand extreme weather, holding up to fierce winds and heavy snow loads, they must be strong and sturdy. They also feature more durable fabrics. Many people who camp year round have one tent for winter and another for the rest of the year.

Easy Set Up.

At the end of a long an exhausting day of hiking, the last thing you’ll want to do is take a lot of time to set up shelter. Most tents are easy to set up. Choose a tent that can be set up quickly when the sun starts setting or the rain starts pouring. Look for tents with colour coded poles and attachments. Tip: Look for words and phrases such as “pop-up, “easy up,” “instant,” and “quick-opening” when you’re shopping for a tent. Tip: Before your first camping trip, practice setting up your new tent in your backyard or a nearby park. This way, you will be familiar with how to pitch it, and you will know that you have all the parts.

Last But Not Least.

Always bring along a sheet of plastic or nylon to place under the tent.  A floorguards (also known as footprints) is a custom-sized piece of durable material that goes under your tent will save the floor from extra wear and tear. Tip: If you’re camping on rocky ground or using a lightweight backpacking tent, a footprint is highly recommended.


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