Whenever a person thinks of camping, visions of tents and sleeping bags are the first things that come to mind. This is because the tent is the item that will be used most while camping. Tents provide a safe place to sleep as well as a comfortable place to escape from the wind, the rain, the heat, and the cold. It is no wonder people want to try and find the best tents they can before venturing out on a camping trip.
Throughout the years I have gone camping on numerous occasions and have laid down to rest in both great and lousy tents. I wrote this article to give you a good idea of what to look at before buying the perfect tent for your trip. After you are done reading this article, you should have no problem distinguishing the best tents from the worst tent.
First of all, you need to decide what kind of camping you will be doing. You’ll find that hiking tents are much different than car camping tents. Although you can use a backpacking tent for car camping, you should not ever expect to bring a car camping tent with you on a backpacking trip. These tents are much too heavy and would not allow a hiker to get very far.
After you have chosen a type of tent to purchase, you’ll want to choose a tent size. Keep in mind that a tents rating is typically not very accurate when it comes to how many people can fit in it. For example, a tent that states that it can sleep eight people will most likely only sleep four to six.
Another consideration will be the climate that the tent is meant to be used in. You can choose from summer tents, three season tents, and even four season tents. The type you choose will be entirely dependent on the weather you will be camping out in.
The style of the tent you purchase will be another purchasing criteria. You can buy A style tents, dome tents, and tunnel style tents. The A style tent is named so because of its shape. This type of tent is the least comfortable. Tunnel tents are a bit broader than the A style but are not quite as broad as the dome style.
Be sure to keep in mind that the best tents for you will differ based off of the kind of camping trips you plan on doing.