What Type of Tent is Right For You?

TentThere are many different types of tents out there. They’re all different shapes, different sizes, different seasons, different weights, different prices; how are you supposed to know what type of tent you should by?

If you don’t know what to look for, figuring out what type of tent is right for you can be a daunting task. However, choosing a tent isn’t all that difficult if you know what you need. Here are some things to consider when you’re picking out a tent.

The first thing to consider is how often you get out. If you go camping every weekend, you will want to be more selective and do more research than someone who goes camping twice a year. The more time you spend in a tent, the better you want the tent to be, and the more important that it suits all of your needs.

How many people do you want to provide for? Tents can accommodate one person, or a dozen. Maybe you and your friends to big group trips, and you want to get a tent big enough for everyone to share. Or perhaps you’re a solo camper right now, but you plan on taking kids camping in the future, or convincing your significant other to go camping with you. Think about how many people you want to provide for, but also think about how frequently that would actually happen. You don’t want to buy a big 12-person dome tent, but never have a group big enough to warrant a tent of that size.

Similarly, how much space do you need? Some solo campers don’t have enough room in a 1-person tent. They want a 2-person for their dog or their gear, or maybe just because they like to sprawl out.

Think about whether or not  you need a vestibule. A vestibule keeps your gear safe from the elements just outside of your tent. If you’re car camping, you don’t really need a vestibule since you can keep your gear in the car. Backpackers, on the other hand, can get a lot of use out of a vestibule.

The type of camping that you do is another important factor when choosing a tent. Car campers have different needs than backpackers. A backpacking tent should be compact and lightweight, whereas a car-camping tent can be as big and heavy as you want it to be.

You should also consider where you camp. Temperatures and weather conditions vary from region to region. Do you camp exclusively in the Ozarks? Do you need a tent that can handle the high winds and low temperatures on the mountains? Tall tents are fine in regions with low wind, but you want a tent with a low-profile for strong gales.

The number of seasons a tent is rated for is another important factor. If you camp solely in the summer, you don’t need a tent that will keep you warm. Maybe you can from spring through the fall, so you need a tent that handles a variety of temperatures. Or, perhaps you’re a hardcore winter camper who needs a tent that can help keep you insulated.

Of course, price can be a big factor when it comes to making any purchase, but tents can get pretty pricey which means that tag will play more of a role in your decision than say the price of cheeses in the grocery store. While price is important, it shouldn’t necessarily be your deciding factor.

You’re making an investment. If the tent of your dreams is $50 dollars outside your price range, and you’re thinking about settling with a tent you don’t really want, don’t. Wait a week, or a month, or six, to save for the tent that actually suits your needs. You don’t want to make a big purchase on something that you won’t be happy with.

These are all important things to think about when it’s time to shop for a tent. Once you know what you need, you know what to look for.

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