Camping tents come in many different shapes and sizes. Most of the time, picking the right family tent is a challenge since there are so many on the market. Here are some factors that you should consider when you want to buy a best tent for your family.
Most tents are advertised by man size. This is determined by the maximum number of people who can fit in the tent, without any personal gear. This rating system is great for light backpackers; however, it really doesn’t work for just about everyone else.
For other campers, dividing the tent rating by 2 will give the real capacity of the tent. This means that a four man tent is good for two adults, and maybe two small children.
Square feet is another sizing option printed on the tent’s packaging. A minimum of 30 square feet of flooring is what most people are comfortable with. For longer camping trips, more space per person is recommended. The tent’s length and width are also important. Make sure that the tent is a foot more than the tallest person in one of these measurements.
How many tents?
Depending on your family, and the area that you will camp in, you may want to think about using more than one tent. Children are able to fit into smaller sized tents. Most children, after the age of seven, will most likely want to have their own tent. This can save you room in the larger tent. Most times, a five by seven-foot tent will be more than enough room for most children.
One of the most common shapes of a family tent is the umbrella shape, as it has standing room, windows, and rain fly over the top. Geodesic tents come in many shapes and sizes, but all the combinations are made from connected triangles.
As a general rule, the higher priced tents are stronger overall. They also last longer, and withstand worse weather. So, if you take good care of these tents they can last for years. However, not every family will need one of these higher priced tents.
If you are just starting out, and don’t know how often you will use the tent, you should think about buying lower price tent. Also, most families will go camping in warm and dry weather. Remember that you can upgrade at a later time, and still use the budget friendly tent when the conditions are nice.