How To Choose The Right Tent To Ensure Maximum Joy

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If you pick the right tent, you are golden. But, there are tons of tents to choose from. What is a hapless camper to do? Just lay out there in the open?

Hold on, I have some tips for you!

Start by figuring how what size of tent you need. Will it be just you or will you be bringing someone along? As you are probably aware, tents are designed to house a certain number of sleepers. You’ll find such info in the advertisement and on the packaging.

Basically, there are four tent components; namely the poles, tent body, rain fly and the tarp, which is some kind of footprint or ground cloth to extend your tent’s floor life.

Besides these these basic considerations, here are some guidelines in choosing the best tent for you:

1. Consider your needs. Know your particular camping requirements, such as where do you mostly go camping, at what season, would be backpacking? And how many are you. All these can give you a clear idea of what type of tent you will need.

2. Set your budget. When you allocate a budget before you go looking for a tent, most likely, you will not overspend.

3. Tent weight and size. How many individuals will be sleeping in the tent? The size of your tent will not really matter should you go “car camping”; however, if you intend of going backpacking, then consider a “light-weight” tent.

4. Tent features. Today, there tent manufacturers offering a lot of features for their tents.

Mesh panels allow the breeze go in your tent at the same time keep the mosquitoes and bugs out, “shock-corded” tent poles allow speedy setup, waterproof and flame resistant for safety, a rain fly for added rain protection, etc.

Make certain you choose the tent that best caters to your all your basic requirements.

5. Make certain that you select a durable fabric tent. It will cost you more money however definitely this is an area certainly worth spending extra money.

6. Select the proper tent color. Inspect how the color of the tent transmits light well unto its interior. Certain colors generate a brighter interior, whereas others create a cave-like and dreary ambience.

Light colors, take note are best during summer camping since they tend to be cooler whereas dark colors are able to absorb in solar energy so that they are great during camping in cold weather.

7. Check the tent’s coating. Remember that you must see a waterproof and shiny coating inside the floor and rain fly. If this is not visible or you can not feel this on the tent’s fabric, than it is not thick enough so to withstand heavy use.

8. Know that your tent needs when camping in the summer is very much different compared to camping in the snow.

Almost all tents available in the market have weather ratings. Make sure that you purchase a tent specifically made for a particular weather condition or season that you will be out camping.

9. Tent manufacturers. Various tent manufacturers have their unique design and name. Some are identified to make inexpensive tents, while others are well recognized to make high quality but expensive tents.

Popular tent makers are Coleman, Wenger, Eddie Bauer and Greatland Tents. Choose a tent manufacturer that has been trusted for years.

In the forest or wilderness especially, the wrong camping equipment if not kill you, will really send you down packing to a motel and regret having planned camping.

For that well-planned and enjoyable camping vacation, take your time when you purchase your tent.

Remember, it will be your home for a few days. Having the right tent will keep you comfortable and warm especially on rainy and cold nights.

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