Choosing a tent is an important part of your adventure as it can make or break your trip. Waking up in a soaked sleeping bag to a tent full of water is no way to start your morning! Below is our guide on what to look for when you need a new tent.
First, you will need to decide on a couple things. Are you a camp year-round or only in certain seasons, type of person? Are you claustrophobic or tend to need more space to roll around in your sleep? Do you plan on solo camping or sharing a tent with a friend…or dog?
Things to consider
Typically each person needs about 2 feet of elbow room, give or take, and your goal is to sleep everyone in the tent without your sleeping bag touching the walls of the tent. The walls are the first place you will begin to feel the moisture on a foggy or rainy day, so it’s good to have space between you and all sides of the tent.
Ask these questions as you look at the tent features:
- Do the poles seem durable and easy to set up?
- Is the size and weight of the tent right for you?
- Are there enough windows and doors in the tent to allow ventilation?
- Is it double-walled?
- Does it have the right in-tent storage for your gear?
- Does it come with a rainfly or no-see-um netting?
WHAT TYPE OF TENT IS BEST FOR YOU:
The tent for the spring, summer, and early fall campers. If you are not planning on camping in extreme conditions, this is the tent for you! These tents typically have great ventilation, have mesh coverings to keep the bugs out, and can keep mild moisture out (when using a rainfly).
3-4 Season Tents
Just a bit warmer than the standard 3 season tents, the 3-4 season offers warmth but still has some windows for decent ventilation. If you tend to do trips to high elevation places or find yourself camping, not at comfortable temperatures, in early spring or late summer, this tent would be the way to go.
The tent of the avid all-season camper. If you are a crazy mountaineer, or frequently camp in extreme weather (snow, ice, rain), this tent is your new best friend.