The Backpacking Guide: Selecting A Tent

In this third article in our Backpacking Guide series, Stephanie Frasco, Community Manager at the tells us how to select the perfect for your needs….

Whether you enjoy family camping trips in local campgrounds or are a seasoned long distance hiker that camps in the backwoods regularly, one of your most important pieces of equipment is your tent. Your tent will provide you with protection against the weather and give you a place to stow your gear to keep it dry and close by. There are as many tent models as there are people who enjoy camping and determining the best one for your needs should be the first step you take before investing in camping supplies. The questions you need to ask yourself about your proposed use of the tent will help you make the right choice for a tent that you will be satisfied with for years. The following questions are a good start:

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How Many People Will The Tent Be Accommodating When You Use It Regularly?

If you plan on taking along the family and will have cots or air mattresses, you will need a larger tent than would fit one or two people with a limited amount of gear and sleeping pads.

off theWhat Kind Of Access Will You Have To Your Campsite?

If you will have to hike into a campsite rather than being able to drive right up to it, you will need to consider the size and weight of your tent and if you will be able to carry it comfortably into a remote site.

What Kind Of Activities Will You Use The Tent For?

If you are going on a family camping trip and your tent will be headquarters for kids and pets when the weather is bad, you need to make sure there is enough room to accommodate not only sleeping bags and gear but people that want to sit and enjoy games or activities. A cabin tent with a high ceiling is a better choice than a dome tent with little headroom in this situation.

How Often Will You Use Your Tent?

If you want to keep a tent for years of use and plan to use it regularly during each camping season, you will want to invest in a high quality tent that can withstand frequent putting up and taking down season after season. Read reviews and research what are the best brand for durability and customer satisfaction to help you find what you are looking for.

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There really is no such thing as one tent that is perfect for every person who enjoy spending some time in the great outdoors. Fortunately, with a wide variety of choices available, just about everyone can find a tent that perfectly suits their needs and their budget. Of course, in addition to the previously listed questions, a person will also want to keep in mind that different tents divide different levels of protection. This means a person that is going to be spending time camping where the weather has a habit of not fully cooperating will want to make sure that they choose a product that provides them with adequate protection from wind, rain, and possibly even freezing temperatures so they get the most out of all of their outdoor adventures.

If you take your time to research what options there are available for camping equipment and you make your choice according to your needs and budget, you will find a tent that will make you happy for years of camping enjoyment.


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