6 Tips To Choosing The Perfect Tent

Tents set up watching starry night sky at campsite

Welcome future campers! Before we get into the nitty gritty of tent details, we want to congratulate you on taking the first step towards planning your wildness vacation.

Just think, in no time you will be sleeping under the stars, having warm and cozy campfires and breathing in all that mother nature has to offer!

Just the simple thought of this scenery is enough to get us excited.

But, before we get too carried away it’s important to get the most out of your camping experience by choosing the perfect tent.

Choosing the right tent can be a time consuming process. You’re going to want to take a step back, and fully analyze your lifestyle and what your ultimate camping purposes are. Knowing your “camping standards” will help you get a design that is fully functional to your needs.

We’ve put together a list of tips to take into consideration when buying your first, or next, tent:

Tents setup in campsite in forest

1. Sleeping Capacity

The first thing to consider in the tent buying process is how many people are going to be sharing the space. One of the worst things is being overcrowded. Having a large enough space to accommodate everyone comfortably is essential to make the most out of your experience.

It’s important to note that when a tent says 4-man, or 2-man, this doesn’t take into account space for storage. In this sense, a family of 4 should consider purchasing a 6-man tent instead. This will give plenty of space for storing clothes, supplies, athletic accessories, you name it! 

In this process it’s important to consider who is going to be sleeping inside. All adults? Adults and kids? Just you? Knowing exactly what type of space you need is vital to your camping experience. 

Couple in front of their tent at campsite

2. Seasonality

There are different types of tents specific to the altering seasons. The most common choice that suits the lifestyle of most campers is a 3-season tent. This is a recommended option for those camping in spring, summer and fall. It’s also lightweight, keeps out rain and has good ventilation for the middle of summer heat.

If you’re a fan of winter camping, opt for a 4-season tent. These tents are meant to bear all of winter’s naturally glory. They’re made out of super strong material that allows you can close off all vents to avoid perspiration. They’re also resilient to wind and snow.

If you have a large family, consider buying family sized tents that contain different rooms. While these tents are bulkier, they are more functional for more people.

Tent set up with different compartments for family

3. Weather Conditions

As mentioned above, different tents are geared for different weather conditions. It’s important to research the climate of where you plan on adventuring in. If you consider yourself to be a “fair weather camper”, meaning you only camp when it’s sunny and dry out then you don’t need to spend a lot of money on getting a heavy duty, weathered tent.

The last thing you want is to be sitting in your tent during a storm and notice water drops starting to seep in!

That being said, if you’re a fan of winter camping you will want to make sure your tent is designed for harsh conditions.

Man in tent in winter at campsite

4. Shape, Size and Weight

A general tent space rule to follow is: 30 square feet of space per person. These measurements will ensure everyone you’re camping with will be comfortable.

Another tip is to avoid going to big with the shape and size of your tent. Think about functionality and travel purposes. While the most luxurious tents, with multiple rooms and features might look fancy, you may not be able to fit it in your car. Also, campsite dimensions vary in size so you want to get the most out of your space.

There are also different shapes that provide different functionalities. The most common and cost-effective is the A-frame design. They’re extremely lightweight and versatile, but provide less space do due the angled walls. They also don’t hold up well in major wind and rain.

If you’re vouching for more headroom, try a dome-shaped tent. These tents allow for more standing space because the poles are situated on the ceiling, crossing over the top of the tent.

If you’re a winter camper, choose a geodesic tent. Their stability poles criss-cross, similar to that of a dome tent, but in triangles. This detail allows further stability that withstands winter conditions.

Taking into consideration your tent weight is also essential. Camping is supposed to be minimalist and easy, with the main focus being on nature. In order to live by these standards, opt for a tent that is easy to set up and gets you to enjoying the nature in a breeze. Especially if your hiking and backpacking, you will want to take this into account.

Two different tents at campsite

5. Additional Features

There are plenty of additional features that may strike you as a selling point.

If you’re more along the lines of a “glamper” then you fill what to carry this camping checklist with you to make sure the tent you get the most out of your camping experience.

A general list of additional features to look for include:

  • Mesh Screen to prevent bugs
  • Vents
  • Heavy duty zippers
  • Aluminum poles
  • Awning
  • Inner pockets, room dividers, storage compartments, etc.
  • Proper floor matting

Family camping in tent with lots of features

6. Price

Lastly, cost is a major factor to take into consideration in buying the perfect tent. The price range for tents can start anywhere from as low as $40 up to $1000.

All of the above 6 tips play a major factor in determining the price. This is why we underline the importance of knowing your lifestyle, where you intend on camping, with how many people, and in what weather conditions. Optional features can raise the price as well, but if you view them as essentials then you’ll want to include.

Family sitting outside tent at campsite

The Next Steps

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Now that you’ve had to pick out the perfect tent for you, you might be inspired to plan a trip yourself. BookYourSite.com does the hard work for you and even offers exclusive discounts and coupons on your favourite campgrounds across North America.

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