Before you buy a family tent, answer these basic questions about how you will use the tent and what type of camping you will do. By deciding before you buy which type of camping tent is right for you, you will save money, time and have the perfect tent for your camping experience.
What type of camping tent do you need?
All this leads to a single question. What type of camping do you have planned? If you want to experience the thrill of hiking through the hinterland, a light tent for two is the best choice for you. If you run family camping in a place on a campsite, then you should opt for some of the amenities of the house! Like room camping tents and large family camping tents, which not only sleep your whole family comfortably, but also accommodate all your personal equipment.
How many people will use the tent? And for what purposes?
Since this article is aimed at family camping, we will stay with the large family camping tents. First decide how you will use your tent. Will you just sleep in it? Do you also store personal belongings (clothes, entertainment, toiletries) inside? Will you use the tent to store other camping equipment? These are all important to consider before you buy a camping tent, because when a manufacturer says that a tent accommodates four people, they really mean – this tent only fits into four normal sized sleeping bags with room for a little more! So if your family of four is planning to use the tent for more than just sleeping, it is advisable to buy a large family camping tent that offers six and possibly a tent with more than one room (for those planning to camp with children aged 15 and/or teenagers – you know what I mean!).
What kind of campers are you? And why this affects the type of tent you buy.
Ask yourself again what kind of camping you are planning – gentle backpacking, extreme wilderness trekking or family camping? Usually, if you are a family camping bus, the time or complexity of setting up your tent is less critical. Of course, the simpler the better, but for family camping, the simple setup of a large or multi-line family camping tent is not so important. That is, unless you come to your campsite after dark, you should have packed your camping lights last! Nowadays most large family camping tents can easily be set up in about 15-20 minutes – if you have read the instructions and have all the guy ropes, poles and tarpaulins handy and ready to use.
Which seasons and typical weather are most likely?
Of course, spring, summer and autumn are the seasons in which we camp the most. But depending on your geographical location, how often could you experience more extreme weather? We all know that sudden rainstorms and strong winds occur, and if you typically camp in areas where the possibility of extreme weather can occur, you want to be prepared. Every tent is waterproof to a certain extent, but if you are camping in an area where there is frequent rainfall, you can buy a tent that has been specially designed to protect against rain. The same applies to strong winds, scorching sun and heat and the camping tents designed for this type of camping situation, such as stronger poles, sun protection and many ventilation openings. Buy the tent with the right features and your camping experience will be all the more enjoyable!
Tent design and why it is important
Camping tents are available in all shapes, sizes, colours and formations. The choice of the best tent for you depends on what type of motorhome you are, where you normally camp and what you will be using your tent for. When you buy a tent for family camping, remember that you only have to set it up once and take it down once.