In summer, many people opt for the camping trip with family or friends. We list then the essential information you need to buy the right tent for you.
Tents for four or more people fall into the category of tents for family or holiday (see here for tips on buying trekking tents).
Tunnel tent: with its vertical side walls, this is the tent that offers the highest storage space, plus an entrance area. Some models also feature a front curtain and partition walls. For these curtains weight plays a minor role, since they usually must be transported only from the car to the campsite.
A tent for 2 – 3 people and is ideal for an outing at the weekend or for an open-air: spacious and affordable, if weight is not decisive.
Dome tent: the older sister of the classic hiking dome tent provides better protection against the wind and therefore quieter nights during lightning storms. The rounds, however, slightly reduce the available space compared to a tunnel tent.
Everything you need to know the experienced camper
Below we explain what you need to be careful when purchasing a tent.
Fitting and comfort
If it bothers you have to lean down to change your clothes or to cook, you have to buy a tent with a suitable height.
How many inputs has the curtain? Forming their ports? They are easy to open and close? In this respect the curtains in the cab are the best.
The simple installation of a curtain depends on the load-bearing structure. Fewer supporting poles there are, the more simply and quickly set up the tent.
- Water column (waterproof)
the higher this parameter, the longer it will resist the tent in the rain.
- Overall dimensions of the folded tent
What size is the tent packed? This factor is especially important for campers with a small car or for motorcyclists.
Very often doors, windows or openings are equipped with mosquito nets. Thanks to them it is easier to ventilate the tent and reduce moisture inside and, of course, keep the bugs away.
- Apse/trailer tent
The front curtain must offer enough space to put away the camping furniture, luggage or dirty shoes in case of bad weather.
The awning is an extra tarp that is added to the tent to expand living space.
- Indoor equipment and pockets
Usually there is a belt loop for hanging a lantern. Also fixed inside pockets are very practical for storing small items like car keys, the flashlight and so on.
Protective cover for the bottom/footprint: An extra towel – tailored and buy separately – to be positioned below the bottom of the curtain (also called footprint) protects it from stones, sticks, crushed stone or mud.Since repair or replace the footprint costs much less than replacing the bottom of the tent, it is strongly recommended especially for family tents, where the comings and goings of people is more pronounced. Another advantage of this type of protective aprons is that having the same size as the bottom of the tent, water accumulates between the soil and the footprint rather than between the footprint and the bottom of the tent.
Other useful accessories
- Pickets for sandy soils
- Broom/broom and dustpan
- Hammer and hook to extract the pickets
- Extra pegs and ropes