Tents generally are available in these types:
A-frames are usually small and very durable. They generally only fit 2 or 3 people and they can be troublesome to set up.
Dome tents have sloping sides. They are usually roomy, particularly in the center. They are also able to handle strong winds because of their shape. Moreover, they are probably the easiest to set up and pack away.
Cabin tents can be very roomy with separate areas partitioned off. The major drawback is that they can be time-consuming and difficult to assemble and to take apart and pack away. If you’re planning on staying in the same spot for more than a few days, this is definitely a winner.
Other tents include tree tents, bed-tents, and uncommon shapes and sizes. I’ve even seen a custom-made tent the shape of a car!
Your comfort when camping is very important
Remember, when camping you will be sleeping in sleeping bags so at best, your comfort level will probably be less than you are used to. In order to achieve maximum comfort during your camping adventure do not choose a tent that will be too small.
Not only do you have to consider how many people will be sleeping in your tent, but also consider the storage space you’re going to need. You’ll probably be bringing a lot of gear along. Keep in mind things such as backpacks, fishing and or hunting gear, duffle bags, coolers, food… well this list could go on but I think you get the idea. There are websites that have reviewed all kinds of tents and they usually recommend which are the best tents to buy for your camping.
Most campers end up keeping a lot of things inside the tent at night so it is wise to plan ahead. Before making your purchase, it is best if you can see the tent set up in the store or at least one similar in size in shape. It’s hard to tell just by reading a box what is well suited to meet your needs. That’s why it’s best to shop around in a store, and then order online for the best value.
Consider how often you will be camping
If you’re an occasional camper – you camp 4 or fewer times per year – then you may not want to splurge on the top of the line tent. Instead, a less durable model may be ideal for you, it is advisable to get a rain flap that has tension adjustments. Be sure that this goes all the way to the ground: getting wet while camping is not fun!
If you are a year-round camper you will need to get a tent that will hold up to all seasons. Be sure that it is very strong and durable.
Pitch your tent at home
My advice is to always set your tent up at home before your camping adventure. This gives you an opportunity to practice the set-up, to check for the functionality of the tent, and to find out if you left behind any parts on your last camping trip.
There’s nothing more annoying than arriving at your destination only to find out you’re missing a crucial part of your tent – I speak from experience.
Likewise it is much better to find a broken zipper on a door flap before you get to the campsite than to discover it when you plan to retire for the night. Mosquitoes and other pests can make your night miserable so be sure to have a way to lock them out. By the way, it’s also a wise idea to check out all the other camping gear before you leave home.