In this well-researched guide, we’ll guide you on how to choose the best tent for you camping escapades.
In today’s fast-paced world, there are very few hobbies that are quite as refreshing as camping. Sometimes getting away from all the hustle and bustle of city life is the best way to reflect on life and re-energize oneself. Moreover, camping has tangible health benefits too most notable of which is the fact that it reduces stress significantly.
When going camping though one needs to have the right tools for the job, you’d better do some research before buying. Because you’ll most likely be off the grid, choosing the right equipment could make the difference between you enjoying your camping experience or finding yourself stranded in the middle of nowhere. In this guide, we share with you the secrets to choosing the perfect tent.
Large and small tents both have their pro’s an con’s. The ideal size of a tent is a function of what you want to use it for. Smaller tents are ideal for the solo hiker. Their size means that they most likely will be more portable. Be that as it may, smaller tents can be very limiting, especially if you plan on being out for more than a few days. They may feel very restrictive after a while, a fact that may negatively affect your camping experience.
Hence, as a general rule of thumb, when you don’t have to carry your luggage on you (for instance when you have a car), opt for a size larger than what you think you’ll need. If you plan on camping alone and have proper means of transport, go for the two-person tent instead of the single. If you plan to travel as a couple go for a three-person tent instead of a two-person tent- and so on. It will make all the difference.
Always Ask For A Test Pitch
Admittedly, online consumers are a bit disadvantaged here. While most online retailers offer representations of what the tent will actually look like, in many cases the tent may disappoint in real life. Hence whenever possible, if you’re buying a tent at your local retailer, ask the salesman for a test pitch. Not only will you get a feel for the tent but you’ll also get to know the nuances of pitching it even before buying it.
Moreover, in many cases, tent size can be quite subjective. What may be listed as a two-person tent, may still very cramped to some people. As such, don’t take the description as is. Try out the tent, before buying it.
Build Quality Is Everything
Cheaper tents may seem appealing because of their affordability but as the adage goes, cheap may sometimes be expensive. Many manufacturers may use substandard building materials to provide competitive prices (although not always the case). Most tents are either made of polycotton, cotton, polyester or nylon. Without getting too deep into the technicalities, a quick test is on the density of the material. Avoid a tent who’s walls are too thin.
A good quality tent will not only last longer, but it will protect you from the elements. Think about it, a tent is pretty much your house as you camp. Would you cheap out on the build quality?
Zippers Are Your Tent’s Doors
If a tent is a house, then the zippers are the doors. Look out for strong zippers. Can you imagine being stuck out in the wild with a tent that has broken zippers? Nothing could feel more insecure. Also, be sure to pay particular attention to the slider. Opening and closing a tent with a broken slider can be extremely frustrating, not to mention dangerous especially when you have to leave the tent as a matter of emergency.
On a similar note, to make sure that your tent’s zipper lasts for a longer time, you should keep it free from dirt. You should also not force the zipper open if it’s stuck. Instead, investigate it to find the underlying cause.
Consider Your Tent’s Poles
Poles are what offer support, foundation, and structure to your tent. Needless to say, they’re extremely important. Today, they are made from a wide array of materials ranging from fiberglass to aluminum. Each material has its pro’s and con’s, but in terms of strength and sturdiness, aluminum is best. The drawback is that they could be heavier than the other materials. To keep your tent poles in great condition, you should polish them regularly to prevent corrosion.
Consider The Weather
Tents are usually specialized for different seasons. Some are only great for summer, while others can handle everything but winter. Others can handle all seasons including winter. Depending on your camping preferences, you may need a four-season tent. Keeping this information in mind will prevent you from buying the wrong tent for the occasion.