Have you ever been on a camping trip and realized that the tent was not waterproof nor did it allow for a comfortable and well-ventilated sleeping area? How about sleeping in cramped tent interiors because the camping tent you bought with you failed to accommodate the number of campers who had to spend the night inside? Indeed, the type of camping tent you will choose to bring with you will most certainly determine the success of that camping trip. Thus, extra care and attention must be spent before purchasing one. Especially for first time campers, here are some of the things a buyer needs to know to ensure that the purchase will be a correct one.
Main Tent Components
Different kinds of tents—dome tents, summer tents, or family tents, to name a few—vary in design and specifications. Nevertheless, they all have the same basic components. Let us take a look at these. The first part is the tent body, which includes the sides, the roof, the windows and the flooring; all of these must be sewn into one single unit. Next come the tent poles that are either made from fiberglass or aluminum; these give the tent its shape or frame. Fiberglass poles are sturdier, while aluminum poles are lighter. The third main component of a camping tent is the rain fly, which is a separate piece of nylon covering that goes on top of the tent body. It is used to protect the tent (and its occupants) from rain, wind, and snow. Rounding up the list is the stuff sack, in which the tent is stored when not in use.
Basic Tent Designs
Tents and camping supplies also vary in terms of design, and in this aspect, there are two major designs commonly used in modern camping tents. Cabin tents are perfect family tents because they are larger, roomier, and provide privacy for the family members who require it. Cabin tents are also perfect for car campers who do not mind the extra bulk and weight of such a large tent. In contrast, dome camping tents are more commonly used by backpackers who require smaller and more lightweight tents. Tent styles are also classified according to size and capacity. Thus, when you shop around for a camping tent, you will encounter labels such as “one-person tent,” “two-person tent,” “three-person tent,” and so on, indicating the number of people who can comfortably sleep inside the tents being sold.
Tent and camping gear manufacturers also provide information such as tent rating. This refers to the season during which a camping tent can be used safely and securely. For example, the more common rating is the three-season rating, which means that the tent can be used in the summer, spring, or fall. In comparison, a four-season tent can be used even during winter, when temperatures and weather conditions tend to be harsher, making them ideal options for professional mountaineers.
Aside from the above, you can also choose a tent by keeping in mind factors such as the effort required to set up the tent or if it provides enough ventilation though appropriately incorporated mesh walls that let the air in and keep the insects out.