Interest in buying a tent to make your camping experience luxurious? Here are a few things to look for, that may help you choose the right one.
There are a number of factors to consider when buying a tent for camping. First off would be what size of tent do you need. The next thing that is high on the priority list is. How complicated is it to put together. And then what features are built in the tent to help make your stay comfortable.
After considering all of these factors you should be able to narrow the search down. I did a lot of research before I bought my tent.
During my research I found the Top 4 tents. (1 man tent, Small, Medium, Large size tents)
- Top 1 person Solo Bivy Tent (Click to see current price on Survival Frog)
- My Pick of the Top small Size Tent SunDome (Click to See current price on Survival Frog)
- Top Medium size Instant Cabin (Click to see current price on Amazon)
- Top large Instant Tent family camping (see Current price on Amazon)
What to Look for in a Tent
- Ease of Set Up – Do you remember back in the day it would take every bit of an hour to set up the tent. I’m glad technology has improved for easy setup. Now a days you can get a tent that only takes 10 -15 minutes to set up. And the number 1 reason I would buy that tent. Of course it needs to be the right size.
- Quality – You want a tent that is made of strong materials. That can withstand the elements.
- Durability – The tent needs to be able to hold up in a storm. Where you may have higher than normal winds. This would bring to question, what materials is the tent made of.
- Functionality – When buying a tent see if there is any extra features. Like pockets or zippers for keeping your what not’s safe.
- Ventilation – Look for what ways to get airflow, usually there will be a zip that opens to a window. Or an opening to run chords for electricity to the tent.
- Waterproof – Your Going to definitely want to get a waterproof tent. Unless your camping in the living room.
- Campers – How many people can fit comfortably in the tent. There is a 1 person tent. Then the small tent usually fits two people. A medium size tent will fit 4 – 6 people. Then the large tent fits 8 people comfortably.
- Price – I recommend in this case. When tent buying the saying is true. “You get what you pay for”. So just be aware of the aforementioned, and you will make the right decisions.
Top Tent Brands to Consider
- Amazon Cabin Tent gets my vote for being most thought out tent. With large door, and windows for great ventilation. And protection with steel poles that are already attached for fast & easy setup.
- Sundome – is a great choice due to the built in ventilation system. That is in the roof. And technology to still keep you dry.
- Bivvy – Is perfect for the avid hiker. It’s small and can go where ever you need to go. And is light weight, weather resistant. Bivvy was one of my Top Picks.
- Core – Has some good points and has the easy setup. It looks like it has some good quality’s. I have never camped in one personally.
- Coleman – Definitely is winning in branding game that’s for sure. There seems to be a lot of ventilation, but according to the reviews. The shape makes it a lot smaller interior. And less comfort-ability.
- Quomotop – This Tent has telescoping poles for easy setup. But this may cause a weak link if there is climactic weather. (Food for thought)
- Kazoo – a large family tent. With a poor design at the front door. The porch area sticks out to keep rain off of you. But the design is that there is no way it would stay up in wind and rain. And that’s the purpose to keep the rain off you while you take off your shoe.
- NTK Arizona – A very nice tent and seems to have all the bells and whistles. That you would need, to be very comfortable in it. But for me it is too expensive. But for some this maybe very affordable. See current price on Amazon.
- UNP Camping Tent – A huge tent with poles that are attached for easy set up. But my concern would be the durability of the tent. After folding the tent for storage. How strong could the poles be.
- Ozark Trail – Another high end tent. I personally have not camped in one of these tents.
- HikerGarden – A 10 man tent has a lot of the screened in mesh for proper ventilation. It is waterproof as are most of the manufactured modern tents are. This tent has the necessary functionality you need for camping.
- Outbound – This tent has a screened in porch. Which would be great to keep the bugs out. But in my opinion it’s a small area. Which defeats the purpose. After you have a couple of pairs of shoes there. There will be no room for you to move to take your shoes off. Also there is no canopy to protect you from the rain.
Related Article: Must Have Camping Gear: Large Family Tent.
Features of a Camping Tent
Tents come in all shapes and sizes. From a small 1 person tent. All the way up to the Family cabin tent. What are some of the features in these tents?
After spending hours and really looking into tents. I discovered that primarily they all have a lot in common. But some features are not conducive to making the tent work for you.
Here are some of the pluses when it comes to the features that will make your stay more pleasing.
You want a tent with mesh everywhere. As much ventilation as possible. So that you are not sweating the whole time you are in there.
A tent with ventilated windows, and or ventilation in the roof. This makes for maximum airflow which is a plus in any tent.
The material of the tent needs to be; A high grade waterproof and weather resistant. Like that of polyester.
I look for the D shape door. As it is one of the largest when open. And it makes it easier to get your stuff in and out of. Including yourself.
Another great feature to have is a port for chords to fit through. If you have electricity at your campsite. This will come in handy.
Having a tent with pockets to is not a must have for some. But it helps keep everything organized and you know where to find things in the morning.
One of the most important features is the interior dimensions. And what you plan on putting in the tent. You may want an oversize tent. Maybe you have a lot of equipment you want to keep inside the tent. So this is a feature that is very important. But that each individual needs to take into consideration before buying your tent.
After you buy your tent If you want to know how to make your tent camping comfortable check this out.