Do you know the difference between the camping trip of a lifetime and a miserable, soggy weekend? Finding the right tent.
A tent isn’t just a tent. Today, shelters range from bare bones tarps to spacious tents with all (well, some) the comforts of home.
Whether you’re headed out to conquer lonely trails, or you’re camping in the backyard, our tent buying guide will help you find the perfect tent for your next adventure.
Tent Buying Guide: 4 Things to Look for in a Tent
There are four essential factors to consider when you’re sorting through the tents available on the market.
Let’s break them down one by one;
Season refers to the tent’s weather rating: will it keep you warm in cold weather and cool in hot weather?
Most tents are three-season tents designed to cover the basics: they keep you dry during showers, warm at night, and protect you from bugs and other pests. They’re also the perfect tents to bring to North Text Jellystone Park!
However, a three-season tent isn’t appropriate for winter camping because the fabric won’t stand up to the elements. If you’re camping during the winter months or in volatile conditions, you’ll want to pick up an extended-season tent, which will keep you safe even when there’s snow on the ground.
Is your next camping trip one your friends call ‘crazy’? You’ll need a four-season tent. These models differ in materials and design because the fabric traps heat inside your tent and the rounded dome prevents snow from collecting and crushing your tent.
Choosing the appropriate season is reasonably straightforward, but the second most crucial element, capacity, is tricky for unseasoned campers. The camping industry hasn’t come together to define an industry standard for tent capacity, which leaves you putting together a rough estimate.
You’ll choose a tent according to the maximum number of people sleeping in it. But you also need to factor in your gear: heavy packers will need a bigger tent or a tent with more storage solutions.
Tip: Are you claustrophobic? Maybe you’re taller or wider than the average camper? Size up the tent by one person for a bit of extra comfort.
There’s a lot to cover under the umbrella of features. Here are the most essential tent features:
To be brief, choose your tent after examining what features each model offers. Choose the right number of doors, plenty of ventilation, a rainfly, and durable materials.
Keep an eye out for aluminum poles and prioritize them over fiberglass poles and remember, fewer poles mean faster set-up but less stability.
A good tent can be made better with the right accessories, so don’t discount the value of the gadgets offered by tent manufacturers.
Here are a few bits of gear that make camping even easier:
When a tent comes with one or more of these accessories, you’ll find setting up, maintaining, and living in your tent not only more comfortable but more enjoyable.
Get Packing for Your Next Camping Trip
Our tent buying guide shows you not only what to look for in a great tent but just how easy it is to find a tent for your next camping trip.
The right tent will take you on trips in central Texas and beyond. Where will you go next?
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