5 characteristics of a great camping tent

We’ve all had that experience some time in our lives when we slept in a small yet bulky tent that could barely stand up on its own. Whether they are old and outdated or extremely cheap, some tents simply don’t cut it at the campgrounds. So, if you’re tired of your old tent and are looking for a new one, here are 5 traits of a great camping tent.

1. Roomy

You first have to consider how many people the tent is going to hold. You don’t want a tiny, uncomfortable tent if it’s going to be for two or more people. That will make the whole camping experience unpleasant. Even though some tents say they can fit four people, they don’t always do it comfortably, so you should be sure before buying.

2. Lightweight and easy to set-up

People often associate lightweight with cheapness, but that’s simply not true. Newer technologies allow for more durable and lightweight material that’s more efficient than some of the older stuff. A good light tent is important to have, especially if your campsite is far down a trail. You also want to make sure it’s not that difficult to set-up because there could be times when you’re racing against the clock to get the tent up before sundown.

3. Durable

If you’re someone who goes camping often, avoid the cheap temporary fixes to your tent problem. Buy a tent for quality and durability over cheap and easy. A good tent should last more than a couple years, even when it’s exposed to the harshest conditions.

4. Warm or Cool

People who are buying tents for the first time might assume their sleeping bags will do the bulk of the work when it comes to warming themselves up, but you should consider the times you go camping most. If you’re only a summer camper, you don’t need to get one built for four seasons, but if you’re thinking about going camping in the winter or colder weather, get a warm tent.

5. Waterproof

No matter what season you go camping in, you sometimes find yourself caught in a rainstorm, which is why you need to make sure your tent can withstand water. The worst thing that could happen is your tent lets in too much water and everything gets soaked. You also want to make sure there is proper airflow, so there’s not too much condensation inside.

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  1. Jeffrey Tingey
    Posted October 29, 2011 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    I have owned at least 10 tents and the suggestions here are sound. Four season tents also withstand the weather like wind and snow as well as rain. I am looking for a dome style tent that is 6′ tall and has a walk in door. This would be a summer tent. I know they have been made. I have to crawl into my 4-season and backpacking tents. Beware of cheap tents. I had one that had window cover that rolled up on the out side of the tent………a real pain if it started raining during the night.

  2. Stew
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 2:00 am | Permalink

    I’ve camped a fair amount and am a Boy Scout leader, but I don’t understand what you mean when you said “…get a warm tent.”. Tents protect from the elements but do very little to hold heat in during cool weather. Nylon is just too thin to insulate much. I know this from having slept in a 4-season tent when it was about 20 and windy. My friends who slept in home-made snow shelters had a much warmer night!

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