What to look for in a tent

If you considering choosing a tent, be it an upgrade to a much bigger and more modern tent or your first-time purchase, there are some tips that you need to follow to ensure that you spend your money wisely. A wrong kind of tent can easily turn your camping experience into an awful one. With the plenty of tents currently in the market, choosing the right one becomes a task.

The large number of tents in the market makes it difficult to know what exactly you are looking for when purchasing a tent. Hopefully, with the information below, buying a tent will no longer be such a difficult task. So, before you head out to shop, make sure you read through these tips.

Features of the tent

One important aspect to look at is the features of your tent. The following are some of the features that a good tent should have:

  • Aluminum poles- Tents which have fiberglass poles are fragile hence more likely to break. Therefore, you should opt for aluminum poles.
  • Adequate rainfly- The rainfly is the umbrella of your tent. He bigger the rainfly, the better. A good rainfly is one which comes down the sides of your tent rather than just across the top of the tent. Rainflies are made to be waterproof while the walls of the tent are water-repellant.
  • Double stitching and folded seams- If you can see through the stitches once you pull the material on either side of a seam, your tent will leak. Make sure that you prevent any leakage by using seam sealers on all seams.
  • Adequate guy lines- At times, the rainflies or the tent walls may have loops that are sown near the middle. The loops are used in attaching the guy lines that pull out the walls and make them taught. It is difficult to sleep in a tent that is flapping in the wind.
  • Heavy duty zippers- Yu are going to be moving in and out of your tent a lot, so you need a tent with zippers that are going to withstand the frequent movements.

Ventilation inside the tent

Ventilation is crucial inside your tent. You certainly do not want to risk suffocating in your tent. To ensure that ventilation is okay, have a serious look at the windows, doors, and vents. Some doors may act as canopies while others might act as a windbreak. Those that act as a canopy gives you extra space while under cover of your tent but in the open air, ideal for cooking. Good tents feature double zips which allow you to either open the door from the top or the bottom. Some tents may have porches so make sure that it all works well and that space is enough for you.

The windows can easily make the inside of a tent airy and light, but be sure to put mosquito nets in your windows, so you avoid the mosquitoes. Wirth themosquito nets, you can enjoy a midge-free night’s sleep even when the windows are open. And, on warm nights, you can sleep with your doors and windows open once you have installed the midge nets in your windows and doors.

Lastly, make sure that the space between the canopy and the fly is enough to allow for proper ventilation inside the tent. You want the air to be able to circulate. Otherwise, your breath will easily settle on the walls of your tent overnight as you are sleeping.

Size of the tent

If you are not planning on backpacking or a canoe camp, then the size of your tent will not matter as long as if fits in your vehicle. The capacity of a tent is typically based on the number of standard sleeping bags that can fit in it as well as the square footage. For instance, a 2-person tent is only going to fit two people. In such a tent, the elbow room or extra storage area is likely to be very small. A 4–person tent is more comfortable for two people as the occupants are likely to have enough space to store the gear as well as spread out as much as they want. Therefore, for a family of 4, it is advisable to pick a 6-person tent.

As a rule of thumb, remember to go for a tent whose capacity is rated two persons higher than the actual number of people that are going to use it. There are also tents which feature multi-rooms. These are ideal when camping with kids because they give you that little privacy that you may need as a parent. These multi-room tents feature 2-room styles where an inside tent wall with a zippered door separates the rooms.

Some tents also feature a screen room. These are the 3-room style tents. They are just like the 2-room tents; the only difference is that they come with an added screen room. The screen room can be used for changing dirty or wet clothes before one enters the other rooms. The screen can also be used to set up the chairs and table when it rains. There are also 2-room tents with an attached screen room and just one big sleeping area.

Ease of use

Is the tent you are going to buy going to need an ‘army’ just to set it up? How long is it going to take before you are one setting it up? These are some of the factors that you need to consider as you are purchasing your tent. You do not want to spend an hour just trying to set up your tent, be it on your own or with the help of your unhappy children who are only interested in playing and not passing you the pegs and poles.

If you can, try to set up the tent in the shop before you buy it. However, this may not always be a realistic option. Keep in mind that the size of your tent will determine the camping space you will need, so the bigger the tent, the bigger the camping space. There are some campsites which are not designed for large tents, so before purchasing the tent, be sure to check and confirm if it is going to fit the campsite.

If your tent is large, you will need to look for a large, level spot that is far away from tree branches that may be overhanging. If you are unsure about pitching a tent, go to YouTube. The chances are that the tent you are thinking of buying or already bought has a YouTube video on how to set it up. Also, remember to look for independent reviews on the tent.


Hopefully, the above information has been helpful to you regarding assisting you in making the right choice when it comes to purchasing a tent. Remember to read as many independent reviews as possible and also learn as much as you can before buying any tent. Visit forums as well as websites as they are excellent sources of information.