Camping With The Right Tent
While camping seems all fun and games, making preparations for your first ever camping trip can be pretty daunting. One way to start is to choose the most suitable camping tent that best fits your needs and camping ground of choice. Your tent is quite literally your home away from home, and there are so many important aspects to consider when choosing the right camping tent that could really elevate your entire camping experience. For example, check out this vango nevis 100 tent.
First and foremost, it is important to choose a tent according to the size of your camping group, taking into consideration that you might need extra space for additional friends, pets or even camping equipment. However, it should be noted that there is no universal per-person tent measurement.
Thus, in general, you should always assume a close fit when deciding on tent capacity. Should you want a more spacious tent, you could then choose to increase your tent capacity by one person. This general rule of thumb could also be applied if your camping mates are larger in size, claustrophobic, move around quite a bit during the night, take up a larger area when sleeping, or even if they are planning to bring along their pet or child.
Tents are also made with materials that can help to withstand different weather conditions according to the season. The most common choice are 3-season tents as they are light and easy to carry around, and are suitable for spring, summer and autumn. Generally, these tents come with mesh panels to encourage air circulation and even serve a double purpose to keep insects out of the tent. The other key functions of 3-season tents are to keep out light snow or rain and give you privacy. However, this might not be the best for long periods of heavy downpour, heavy snow or strong winds.
Another alternative are extended-season tents. They are made for longer-term 3-season use where heavier snowfall is expected. These tents have more poles and fewer mesh panels than normal 3-season tents, giving a good balance of optimal airflow, durability and heat retention. You could consider these types of tents for your next camping trip if you are going somewhere largely exposed and of higher elevation. However, these extended-season tents might still pale in comparison to 4-season tents in more extreme winter conditions.
This is where the 4-season tents come in handy. Made to withstand harsh winds and heavy snowfall, such mountaineering tents are a go-to in almost any season. Such 4-season tents are designed mainly for extreme weather conditions, especially during wintertime or in mountainous areas. Such tents are made with more poles and more sturdy and heavier materials than that of the 3-season and extended-season tents. They also come with a dome-shaped roof that prevents the accumulation of rain or snow. Additionally, there are also fewer mesh panels and rainflies that go closer to the ground, and this disrupts airflow and ventilation, which can make the tent warmer. This makes 4-season tents the optimal tents to have in sub-zero temperature, but not so in milder weathers.
Other features that are also worth considering when choosing the most suitable tent is its peak height, doors, poles, rainfly, materials used, vestibules, ventilation as well as loops.
A tent with a tall peak height would allow you to stand comfortably in the tent, with the breeziness of a high ceiling. An example of a tent with a tall peak height to consider are cabin-style tents. They have near-vertical walls that would give a good balance between peak height as well as living space. Some even come with room dividers and other features that are perfect for families. Alternatively, dome-style tents can also be considered. They are sturdy and provide good protection against wind and rain. However, while they might have a tall peak height in the centre, the roof slopes downwards moving outwards, which can affect the amount of living space available in the tent. Additionally, you could also consider a tent with a larger floor length of 90 inches or more if you are someone who prefers a more spacious tent or is tall. The typical floor length of tents ranges from about 84 inches to 88 inches.
Another consideration to have is the number of tent doors, and where they are placed in a tent. Perhaps more doors are suitable when camping with a large group of people and cabin-style tents are generally popular for this. The ease of zipping doors and how noisy it is might also be a factor to account for and YKK zippers are excellent in providing sturdier doors.
Next, a tent’s pole structure determines the ease of pitching the tent. A tent with fewer or even no poles (freestanding tents) is more convenient to set up and take down, as well as transport around. Clips are also much easier to use than pole sleeves, but most tents now come with both options, giving the optimal choice between strength and convenience. Aluminium poles are also sturdier and last longer than fibreglass.
Lastly, other features can also help to enhance your camping experience. Lower-denier fabrics are less durable than higher denier ones and might even increase the chances of leakage. Shelters that attach to the tent to hold dirty shoes or even prevent your belongings from getting wet can also be a good add-on. Smaller mesh panels are good for more cooling and dry weather and vice versa, and loops can help to keep items and equipment off the floor and are good for organizing. Guy lines also help to keep all the fabrics in place in case of strong winds.
Other items that are nice to have but not compulsory include a footprint to prolong the lifespan of your tent, gear lofts for tent organization, stakes and anchors, floor mats, tent repair kits, seam sealer, ventilation fan as well as a utility cord.
Camping in the car with your friends and/or family is a go-to pastime for many. Whether you go camping for the activities near where your camping ground is, or even the camping ground itself, this article has given you a good first step in selecting the right tent for your subsequent camping trips.