Camping remains one of the most popular vacation options throughout the world. A camping trip offers absolute freedom and control over where you stay and can be a great adventure.
Choosing the right tent is one key to a good camping trip. A host of different products are available. For newcomers to the concept of camping, the decision-making process can be a little daunting. Here are some things to consider, regardless of whether you are buying your first tent or are looking to upgrade with a replacement.
What do you want the tent for?
This might seem like a silly question, but no two camping trips are the same. What sort of outdoor experience are you seeking? Family camping trips are more likely to be held during good weather, whereas seasoned adventure fans might prefer a tent that can cope with climate extremes. Establish the level of tent comfort that you desire. Are you prepared for a trip that relies only on the absolute basics, or do you want more luxury? All these factors need to be considered.
How large is your camping party?
Remember that tents come in all sizes, so it's important to establish the number of people the tent needs to accommodate. This can be a difficult decision if you may normally go camping as a couple and only occasionally invite friends or additional family members. As a rule, it is usually better to opt to accommodate the numbers that you would normally travel with. If you have additional friends traveling with you, you can bring spare equipment or they can bring their own. A tent that is too large for your needs can be cumbersome and less comfortable to use.
What is your budget?
While an unlimited budget is nice, the reality is that you probably must set a certain amount to spend. The price of camping equipment varies enormously depending on size, quality and durability. You can find some great deals online or in camping stores, particularly at the end of the summer season, so it pays to shop around. Nevertheless, bear in mind the amount you have available to spend before you set out to find new equipment.
How long do you intend to camp, and where will you be camping?
A short camping trip of one or two nights may not require heavy-duty equipment, but a longer trip will benefit from a heavier, more durable tent with a robust build. You should also consider the design of the tent's floor and the amount of ventilation in relation to the terrain where you'll be camping. A rocky surface could damage your tent, so a bathtub floor might be a good investment. A poly-weave floor is good when you need extra water resistance.
You can spend a lot of money on a tent, but that might be unnecessary based on your requirements. It pays to consider all the different options. If you are unsure, speak to a specialist in a camping store for help with your decision.