If you’re new to camping it and are planning to purchase your first tent it may seem challenging to decide what tent you’ll need. You want enough space so as not to be cramped but not so much as to be wasted. A good rule of thumb is to plan on 30 square feet per person. This works pretty well though you do need to consider the tent dimensions for tall people or if you want extra floor space for your gear.
Some people will want to have an attached screened room to their tent. This can help keep the sand and dirt out of the sleeping area. It’s also a good place for storing bikes, rafts, and other gear at night or during inclement weather.
You may want a tent that is made up of more than one room. Camping couples often like to go this route. It’s really a very individual decision. As you’re doing your shopping you should consider reading online reviews for the tent style and brand that you are thinking about buying. Often, these reviews can warn you of a potential problem with the tent or move you in the direction of buying if all the customers seem to be very happy with their purchase.
A few other things to consider when purchasing is to test the zippers of the tent and make sure they do not drag. The seems should be well sewn and well reinforced. You should set the tent up at home a time or two to get the hang of how it’s done. This will save you time and frustration later, especially if you’ve arrived at the campground after dark.
Whichever size and style tent you decide to camp in, we hope your experience is a good one and we look forward to seeing you this summer.