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Choosing the Perfect Tent – A Guide

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There are many things you can bring with you when you are going on a camping trip – cooking tools, different types of clothes, insect repellent, a hammock, fishing gear, and so on. There is one thing, however, you cannot afford not to bring – a tent. But with so many available options on the market, how are you supposed to know which tent would be perfect. Here are some tips that could help you.

The most important aspect of the tent is its size. It is determined by two main groups of trips – family camping trips that involve driving with a car up to a campsite, or backpacking trips that involve travelling lightly. How does that affect the size of the tent? Well, tents are usually sold as 2-man tents, 4-man tents and so on. You should know that 2-man means enough space for 2 adults to sleep. And that is sleep only. The size of a 2-man tent can accommodate either 1 person and luggage or 2 people with only their backpacks. So choosing the size depends on how much luggage would you want to fit in there too.

Another aspect of the size is the height. Tents are usually sold with their peak height noted. As the walls are very steep, the peak height would be only a tiny area where you can stand up. If you want a larger area, you will have to get a tent with a higher peak height. But such tents are usually bulky and more difficult to set up. If you are going on a backpacking trip, it would be best if you choose a tent where you can sit up.

The shape of the tent is also important, especially considering the luggage and gear you will be storing in it. Generally, there is the classic A-shaped tent, dome tents with spherical roofs and hexagonal floors and square tents. If you want more standing up space, a square tent would be great. If there are taller or bigger people in your family or party, a dome-shaped tent will not provide sufficient sleeping space. On the other hand, the dome tent’s hexagonal floor shape gives plenty of nooks and crannies to store luggage.

When you are choosing the tent, keep in mind that the fabric is important for the conditions you will be facing. There are lighter tents made of breathable nylon which are great for hot and sunny weather. There are also thicker tents made of waterproof fabrics that are great if rain is a possibility. Of course, the fabric changes the weight so you have to be aware of it if you are backpacking.

While on the note of weather, you should keep in mind several other things. For example, if the area you have chosen is known for heavier winds, you will need a tent with a broader surface to counteract the wind, and sturdy poles to keep it in place. If the area is damp, on the other hand, you will need a tent with enough doors and windows that provide good ventilation so as to avoid condensation.

The price, of course, is always a factor. Whereas you might not be able to get the most expensive one, try not to get the cheapest one either. Less money means a weaker fabric, less perfect stitches and so on. The rule of the golden middle always applies, unless you can find a great deal on your camping equipment, enabling you to get a better quality tent for less money.

Last but not least, set up your tent at home once you have bought it. You should become familiar with all the actions required to fully assemble it so that you will be able to do it quickly when you arrive at the campsite and devote your time to more interesting activities.

Written by admin

June 4th, 2013 at 10:40 am

Posted in Travel