5 Features To Look For In The Best Family Tent

Posted on Oct 20 2016 - 3:23pm by Editorial Staff


Camping is one of the best family activities. You get outdoors together and create lasting family memories. There are so many adventures waiting for you when you set off on a camping trip. However, there are many supplies you will need to bring with your family. The number one on the list is a family tent.

If you have never purchased a tent before, you may be unaware of the features to look for in a family tent. Some of the features are going to depend on your individual family needs and wants. Not all tents are created equal. Here are some features to consider when you purchase a family tent.

Purpose of the Tent: Before you make your purchase, you have to determine your purpose for the tent. Is this just a simple tent so your kids can sleep outside in your backyard? Is your family avid outdoor lovers who want to spend as much time camping as possible?

There are so many things to consider when making this purchase. What seasons do you plan to use the tent? Since not all tents are equal, the tents that may work in the summer may not work in the winter or autumn seasons. Most tents are three season tents and are not designed for the winter months. Three season tents allow moderate airflow, so the temperature stays comfortable while still providing protection from the other elements.

If you plan to use your tent once a week, you may want to invest in a higher quality tent. Another factor to consider is transportation of the tent. If your family likes to hike and pop up a tent whenever you get tired, you will want lightweight tents.

Sleeping Capacity: The next thing to consider while choosing the best family tent is the sleeping capacity ofthe tent. There are tents for a wide variety of capacities. For example, most stores sell tents for a single person, two people, four people, six people, and eight people. It is important to remember the number listed doesn’t provide much wiggle or comfort room. If you want to be able to move around, it would be a wise idea to size up at least one extra person. If you have gear to store in your tent, you will want to double the capacity.

Tent Height: The height of your tent may not be a huge deal, but a short tent will may anyone feel stuck. If your family is tall, height is going to matter more. Cabin tents give more standing room. Dome style tents are the tallest in the middle. For those who plan to spend a lot of time in the tent, a cabin style tent would be the best purchase.

Material: Another important feature is the material of your tent. The most common materials you will find on the market are nylon and polyester. Nylon tents are the more expensive options, but they are stronger and lightweight. If you plan to backpack around the woods, nylon is the way to go. However, they don’t shed water as well as polyester. If you want a tent that shields you from the sun and rain, look for a tent with a coating, such as polyurethane or silicone.

Construction: You need to look at how the tent is constructed. When you set up a tent, most will require poles. Fiberglass poles are weaker than metal poles. Those poles have to attach to the tent either with clips or sleeves. The clips are easier for quick setups.

Many people like different features. Some tents have mud flaps or vestibules that will keep the rain and mud away from the main sleeping part of the tent. Certain tents have different tent floors to give the area a smoother surface.

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