Finding the perfect tent for a camping trip can be a daunting task. There are a great many things to consider when buying a tent. Tents have long been considered a necessity for those wanting to camp out under the stars. There are a huge number of options, and each of those options can make a great deal of difference in the quality of the product, the product’s overall usefulness and your family’s camping experience. Tent buyers should always choose the model they think is best, and consult an expert or an avid outdoors man if there are any questions.
Of the people who buy tents, large numbers of them are buying them for family outings and camping trips. For that reason, it’s important that buyers purchase tents large enough to accommodate the entire family. What is more fun than packing up the kids, and the dog, and driving out to on a weekend trip of fresh air and outdoorsy fun? Dad can take his fishing gear, the kids can go swimming in the fresh river waters, the dog can collect all the sticks he can get his paws on, and you can spend some relaxing time swinging in a hammock with a good book. Also, don’t forget to get out your hitch bike rack and hit a few biking trails! Camping is a wonderful relaxing and family bonding experience!
Family tents large enough to hold more than 3 or 4 people will typically be available with multiple rooms. There are tents on the market that have 2 or even 3 rooms. These tents are more expensive than their one-room counterparts, and often have an area designated as a sleeping area, a sitting area, and an area outside the tent that can be screened off from insects. Tents large enough to hold several people can be very heavy, and they may need to be taken apart among 2 or 3 people in order to be carried easily.
Those looking for a tent should consider first just how much room there is available to hold the tent. Tents up to 4 people can be easily stowed in the trunk of a standard car, while camping tents large enough to hold 6 people or more may require the use of a van or small truck. Always make sure that there is adequate room for all campers to sleep securely in the tent, so plan to take a tent that is larger than you think you need.
Most tents large enough to fit several people are made generally of nylon, though older tents were made of less water-resistant material. Modern tents are both water and wind resistant, and typically insulated better than older models.
The concept of camping tents have changed quite significantly in the past 10 or 15 years, so it’s important to make sure that the most up to date model is chosen to accommodate your family and their needs. Tents are generally able to withstand quite a lot of punishment, and rips or tears are rare in modern tents. There are, however, repair kits available should a tent become damaged. These are typically an epoxy type resin used to cover a piece of mesh tape, which is designed to hold the damaged sides of the tent together. These repairs can yield a very strong seal, and should remain water resistant indefinitely.
So go on that family camping trip! Enjoy the laughter and memories, singing camp songs under the stars and devouring delicious s’mores around the camp fire. Invest in a proper tent, that will give your family all the safety and comfort they deserve.