Buying a Family Camping Tent

Are you looking to buy a big camping tent? There are 3 simple things to consider before you buy. It could mean the difference between a wonderful camping experience or a nightmare you just as soon forget. If you have never purchased a tent before, it can be confusing and even frustrating to the point you begin to think camping is more hassle than fun. Trust me on this, it's not... that is if you follow the 3 simple steps below.

When you buy camping tents, you must first check out where you are going to camp and what the weather conditions are likely to be. Tents have been made to suit diverse climatic types and for diverse activities too like fishing or biking or hiking. The multitude of tent supplies and the varieties of tents available in the market make it difficult for the buyer to make his choice easily. Camping tents can be ridge tents with ridges on both sides sloping towards the ground - these are easiest to set up and can accommodate as many as three individuals. The larger types are the frame tents built with crisscross poles with a vinyl covering for the top secured by pegs and ropes. The third type is the dome shaped tents, the tops of which resemble a dome that ensures good water drainage. These are low tents, lightweight and simple to erect.

As far as cost is concerned, any camping tent in the $120 to $250 price range will be of more that you'll need for a while. Camping tents in this price range are of enough quality for you not to worry too much about the brand and should serve you well for a couple of years. If you end up getting a family camping tent much lower that $100, then chances are that you will make another financial commitment to upgrade shortly after your first trip. Don't spend more than $300 on a Family tent until you are a you are experienced in tent camping. Brands do not matter as much as the price will indicate. Just watch out for items you may be buying from overseas as returns may not be possible if you are not satisfied. If buying online, make sure you check the return policies of the site.

Camping tents come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, colors and formations. Choosing the best one for you again depends on what style of camper you are, where you typically camp and what you will be using your tent for. When purchasing a tent for family camping, remember you only have to set it up once and take it down once. So during your camping experience your tent should be comfortable for everyone to use and function for all activities. Here are several considerations: Height of tent - if you're 6'4" and you purchase a dome tent that is 5'6" high at the tallest point, be prepared for lots of stooping, otherwise you may want to purchase a family style camping tent with enough height clearance for the tallest member of the family! Weather - if you camp in a constantly windy area (like some beaches) a dome style of tent would be better as it's specifically designed to buffer high and constant winds. Humidity - camping in high humidity areas can bring lots of wonderful insects to your camping experience! You may want to purchase a tent with lots of screened vents and possibly a screened eating canopy as well. Personally, I'm not a bug-in-my-food kind of camper!

Another thing to consider when shopping for camping tents is the ground cover or groundsheet. The groundsheet is built-in on most camping tents. This configuration protects the tent from water seeping in between the walls and floor. Some hiking tents utilize separate groundsheets so that the weight of the two pieces can be shared between two hikers. This feature is handy, but may not provide much protection from precipitation and insects.