If you want to hit the great outdoors for an overnight getaway or even a week-long excursion, then you will need a decent tent. You don’t want to pick the first model that catches your eye as there is actually quite a lot of factors to consider. We have outlined the main ones below.
Consider Your Budget
You can get tents as cheap as $50, or you could end up spending thousands and thousands. That’s why it pays to consider your budget before you even begin shopping.
You should also consider the quality of the tent that you require. For example, a professional mountaineer would need a much higher quality (and therefore more expensive) tent than a car camper.
Remember, there is no point splashing out on an expensive tent if you only plan to go camping once or twice per year.
Will You Be Walking Or Driving To Campsites
If you’re going to be hiking considerable distances, then you will want to select a lighter tent. There are many ultralight options that are easy to carry long distances.
If you not much of a hiker and will simply be driving to campsites, getting set up, and staying put, then the weight won’t really matter. You could opt for something bigger and heavier.
Tents usually have three weights advertised:
- Packaged Weight: The full weight of the tent packaging and all the contents.
- Trail Weight: This normally refers to the lightest full setup. No packaging is included in this figure. Guy lines and stakes are usually not included.
- Fast Pitch: This figure refers to a barebones setup consisting of the fly, footprint, and poles. For those unaware, the footprint is simply the ground mat that goes under the tent.
You will also notice that one-wall tents are typically lighter than their two wall counterparts.
Size And Occupancy
You don’t want to try and cram your entire family, or a bunch of mates, into a two-person tent. Make sure you consider the area offered by different models. You may even need to purchase more than one tent.
Floor space is fairly easy to work out. One person typically needs 25 inches of width and 80 inches of length. Particularly tall people may want a tent that is 90 inches long.
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3 Season Or 4
If you’re only going to be camping in summer-like conditions, then a 3-season tent will do fine. However, if you plan to embark on a winter expedition, then you should consider a 4-season model. These are designed to handle low temperatures, strong winds, and even snow. They will be heavier than 3-season models, with thicker fabric and more insulation.
It always pays to be prepared. By selecting the right tent for the job, your next trip will be safer and more comfortable. Make sure you thoroughly compare all the different tent options available. Don’t forget to make the right choice depending on your budget and the weather conditions.