Well, family camping is surely thrill and fun. It’s a unique opportunity to bond the entire family together in the midst of the most unexpected places.
Now, to be able to enjoy a family camping trip the right way, you need to be sure about the gears, equipment, and supplies. And since, it’s a camping adventure, the first thing you need to arrange is a family tent.
But how do you choose the best family camping tents?
Well, if you search online, you’ll be amazed to find the sheer variety and choices available for family camping tents. These tents come in all shapes and sizes and one thing that you need to understand is that there is no best family camping tent, rather the right choice varies greatly with respect to many components. You can’t say a tent that’s ideally suited for a family going to a temperate climate will be equally suited to a camping expedition in a harsh winter or rainy climate.
Ok, don’t fret! No seriously, this isn’t that hard and we are going to help you surely.
Here’s a general break down of different components that make up the best camping tents and from there on you need to make your own choice.
Now, when we are talking about family tents, certainly size is the topmost aspect to consider. You’ll see advertisements of tents for two people, four people or even ten people or more. Well, advertisers don’t need to undertake personal and individual aspects, do they?
Ideally, a family tent won’t be able to contain more than six people comfortably, that too without any equipment. So, when you see a camping tent advertised for four people, ideally that’s suited for two adults for comfortable sleep or at best two people with max two children (small children).
Remember, for a comfortable placing, you need at least 30sq feet of floor space for an adult. So, we guess you can make the adjustments accordingly.
Just like sizes, family camping tents come in different shapes. However, we can broadly segregate the shapes into 4 categories:
– A-Frame: It’s a common “pup” shape which can be extended largely
– Umbrella: Its again one of the most commonly used tent shapes and is usually considered great for its standing room, ventilation space and rain-proofing features
– Dome: The Dome or Geodesic shapes are more like connected triangles and varies greatly in shapes
– Wall: It’s much similar to the A-frame shapes, however, these are significantly larger with vertical side walls.
Aluminum and fiberglass are two of the most common materials that are used to make poles for camping tents. However, you need to consider the climatic condition of the surrounding you will be camping in. For harsher climates, choose poles that are heavy, strong and can bear strong winds.
Again the choice of tent fabric depends largely on the camping conditions. The fabric for temperate climates can be soft and light for proper lighting and ventilation, whereas, for colder climates, a thick fabric is recommended. Interestingly, most tents available in the market are made up of Nylon fabric and the thickness of the nylon determines its utility in different climates.
Well, this is an important component that’s also the most neglected element. Whenever you’re buying camping tents, make sure that zippers are reliable and open and close freely without catching on the fabric.
Lastly but more importantly there is the cost consideration. Just like most of the other aspect, the cost of the tent is primarily determined by the climate. If you are to camp in harsh climates, you would need a strong tent with thicker fabric and heavy poles, which will cost more.
Alternatively, if you are to camp in moderate or temperate climate, you can choose a relatively modest camp with thin materials and lighter poles, which will cost you lesser.