We love this graphic from Gear Junkie on picking your new tent.
A tent is central to camping. It can make or break your experience. And if you have any new campers with you, it can be the difference between another big outdoors fan and a couch potato.
Bottom line, choose wisely.
Here are a few tips to help you do just that.
- Capacity - Think about how many people might be sharing your tent. If you have the family or friends with you, you want to make sure there’s plenty of room.
- Seasonality - If you plan to do any camping other than the summer, seasonality of your tent becomes really important. Your tent is supposed to protect you from the elements so make sure it’s matched to the elements you might encounter.
- Height - If you’re tall or you have tall people in your group, tent height becomes very important. It’s definitely something to think about.
- Weight - This one is pretty crucial. If you’re hiking into your camping spot - how much weight do you really want to carry?
- Materials - There are a lot of different materials for tents now, do a little bit of research on which tent materials meet your needs, clients and other factors.
- Single walls vs. double walls - Double wall tents can be great because you get the breathable inner layer with a waterproof outer layer, making them comfortable but also protective.
- Doors - Do you need multiple doors? Imagine this, everyone is asleep and your son has to get up to use the bathroom, all of sudden he’s stepped on your head. Multiple doors have their advantages.
There are endless different ways to pick the right tent for you but if you start with the above tips as the basis, you should be well on your way to picking a tent that you can’t wait to use over and over again.