Choosing the Right Tent for Your Family
Even though there is snow on the ground this time of year, this is the perfect time to start planning your summer camping trips. Of course, you will need accommodations, and many families are choosing tent camping because it really feels like you are out of the house and enjoying the great outdoors.
When you go out to buy tents, they have the recommended amount of people the tent can fit. The two most common sizes for family camping trips are 4 person and 6 person tents. Say you’re a family of four. You would want to get the 4 person tent, right? Actually, no. What people have found out is that tent companies do not take into consideration the size of the people who will be sleeping in the tent, or their luggage. A good rule of thumb is to subtract the number on the box by two, and you have the correct number of people it will comfortably fit. So, for a family of four, a 6 man tent is recommended. Of course, a family of five is still able to sleep fairly comfortably in a six person tent, but if you have some big people in your family, it could get cramped.
The two most common types of camping tents are canvas and dome tents. Canvas tents use a cloth-like canvas to protect you. You typically see these in army movies as the triangular tents set up in camps. Because of the difficulty to set-up, storage issues, and weight, canvas tents are generally not used for recreational camping. Dome tents, on the other hand, are the tents you see everywhere on campgrounds and are generally what you think of when you hear the word tent. I would definitely recommend one of these for your family camping trip as they are designed specifically for recreational camping, so you know you will get the best protection.
In conclusion, when you are purchasing a tent for your family, take into consideration the size and type. Remember to subtract two from the number on the box to get an accurate number of people who can comfortably sleep in the tent. For families of 4 and above, a 6 man tent is what you want. Also, just go with the crowd and get a dome tent. Canvas is simply inferior for recreational camping.
Darren is a lover of the outdoors and enjoys spending his free time writing about his various outdoor adventure activities and insights.
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