Choosing a Family Tent
Put temptations aside and think carefully about what you need – this approach will save you money in the long run. Visit specialist retailers and shows to nose around displays of pitched tents and talk to the experts – it will help you familiarise yourself with styles and features. Join Internet communities to seek out ideas and opinions. Chat to any camper you meet – we’re a friendly bunch who generally love to talk about our pastime!
There are a myriad of family tents to choose from but you can narrow down choice. Sit down with the family and have a chat about use. Some points to ponder are:
• Are you going to camp for your main two-week holiday, or snatch long weekends away, or both?
• Are you confining your camping to the summer months or will you camp later in the year?
• How many people do you need to accommodate and who can help pitch your tent?
• Have you room to store, dry and transport your tent in comfort?
• Have you a fixed budget to work to?
Most answers to the above will help you decide on the size tent that’s best for you. However, the last point is important for you want to get the best quality for your bucks. This does not mean you have to buy the most expensive tent possible but you should check out the manufacturer’s pedigree and see if they are campers designing product for campers or just selling a generic tent purchased off the shelf from abroad.
Remember, spending a few extra pounds in a reputable brand may significantly increase ease-of-use, safety, stability, comfort and the longevity of the tent. It will prove a wise investment of your hard earned cash and provide a passport to freedom for all the family for years to come.
Numerous styles of tent appear to swamp the market but, unless you’re taking part in an outdoor pursuit that demands a tent with semi-geodesic and geodesic stability, suitable tent designs fall into just a few categories.
New materials have moved small tents away from the traditional A-frame/ridge variety and the generic shapes tend to be dome, tipi and tunnel.