How to Choose a Camping Tent for the Family

 How to Choose a Camping Tent for the FamilyCamping is growing in popularity for family vacations because it can be as cheap or expensive as you desire. But choosing the correct tent for the trip is imperative. There are many makes and models and choosing one can be confusing, especially if you are a novice camper.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Figure out what your budget is for purchasing a tent. Prices can range from less than $100 to several hundred dollars. Research will pay off; you often can buy a tent from one manufacturer cheaper than from another.
Step 2
Consider how many people will be sleeping in the tent, but remember that you will be storing your clothing and bedding in the tent as well. If you want to sleep comfortably, find a tent that will hold 2-3 more people than you are traveling with.
Step 3
Consider the style of tent that will best suit your needs. The basic tent styles are "dome" and "cabin." Cabin tents offer more room and height, but dome tents are easier to assemble and more lightweight.
Step 4
Think about the weather conditions you will be camping in. You don't want a tent with little ventilation if you are camping in hot weather. Likewise, a tent with a lot of ventilation will be uncomfortable in cold weather.
Step 5
Account for the outdoor experience of all the people who will be camping and helping set up the gear. Don't purchase a tent that is difficult to assemble if nobody in the group has set up a tent before.
Step 6
Decide if you want a tent that is just for sleeping or one with extras included. You can purchase tents with extra side rooms or screened rooms attached to the front. They will give you extra space at an additional cost.
Step 7
Consider how tall the people sleeping in the tent are. Check the tent box for the height measurements. If you don't want to stoop down to get around inside the tent, purchase one that is tall enough for everyone to stand erect while inside of it.

Tips & Warnings

Apply a fresh coat of seam sealer and waterproofing spray to your new tent before you use it.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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