People tend to think that choosing a tent for camping is either simple or extremely complicated. The truth lies somewhere between the two extremes. First time campers tend to be somewhat mystified about what factors to consider when selecting a tent. Fortunately, following a few guidelines for choosing camping tents will make the process relatively painless. Essentially, you should focus on size, setup, and storage in order to purchase the right tent.
When using a tent on a camping trip, you want the structure to provide enough room for any equipment you want to actively use during the trip. This may include sleeping bags, battery operated lights, or a cooler. Determine the amount of room you need for the interior of the tent so that it will accommodate both the equipment and all people who will occupy the tent at night. The idea is to have enough room so people do not have to step over anyone when entering or leaving the tent.
The level of difficulty in setting up the tent should also be taken into consideration. Long time campers are usually proficient with setting up several different types of tents. If the camping life is new to you, don’t start off with a tent that takes a lot of time to lay out and set up. Instead, go for one of the models that can be set up with no more than a dozen steps in less than 15 minutes. By spending less time setting up your tent, you can devote more of your time to enjoying nature.
Storage is also an important aspect. Keep in mind that once you are home again, the tent has to go somewhere. If you have room in the garage or an attic, you are not likely to have a problem finding a place to store a larger tent. Apartment dwellers should remember they have limited space and will want to go for a tent that will fit into a closet or under a bed.
Depending on your circumstances, you may have to weigh each of these three concerns carefully. For example, someone living in an apartment may want a larger tent but will have a lot of trouble with storage once the camping trip is over. If it is not possible to store the tent at the home of a friend or relative, you may have to adjust your desire for space in the tent to match with the amount of storage space in your home.
Along with these three basic points to consider with camping tents, feel free to add any other elements that are important to you. These may include the color of the tent shell or something simple like tie flaps versus zippered flaps. Once you have a solid grasp of the size, setup, and storage requirements you need with the tent, go for as many extras as you can reasonably afford.
Keep in mind that the whole point of camping is to get away from the stress of your daily life. By choosing a camping tent that is easy to set up, large enough for your purposes, and will not be hard to store once you get home, you meet the essential criterion for your tent.