A camping trip is one of the most fun-filled activities that a family can take together, provided that they have the right equipment available. The first and probably most important item to obtain is a tent. They come in a variety of styles and sizes from a number of name brand manufacturers, but the question for novice campers is “what kind will be the best fit?”
There are a large number of considerations that must be evaluated in order to get the best possible tent and this will include such items as how large the family is, and how much equipment can be safely held inside the portable structure in order to protect it from bad weather (since it can come up in a hurry). A tent is more than a portable shelter however, since it is basically a home away from home when in the great outdoors. It must have sufficient space for everybody to move around comfortably and still be able to be easily stored and secured when it is time to move to another location or go home.
With the interior checklist complete, the exterior should be carefully evaluated also because this is essentially the only protection against the elements when out in the woods. It must be composed of a good waterproof material that easily sheds moisture away from the sides and bottom because that could easily ruin the getaway. In the warmer weather, it is also important that there are flaps available to open since ventilation is vital to maintaining a cool interior that is bearable to remain under when the sun is too hot to do any kind of outdoor activities. It is so important to consider every option and convenience when evaluating any of the tent models that are being offered in the marketplace. Since they all vary in price and size, it is most important to get one that is not only easy to set up and take down, but can hold enough equipment for the family as well as all of the individuals in the family under the one roof.
Because each group will carry different amounts of equipment it is probably a good idea to look for a larger tent than what is indicated on the description tag. For instance, a family of four with a lot of extra needs may want to look for a unit that would comfortably sleep six, since that will most likely hold all of their equipment as well as leaving room for movement inside. Of course, this will mean a more expensive model will have to be purchased, but a good quality tent should last for many seasons if cared for properly, and there is no sense in being uncomfortable on a trip designed for leisure. That would be counterproductive to the entire purpose of this excursion and should be avoided if the budget permits.
Manufacturers have now caught on to the idea that families need more storage space these days, and are starting to produce models that have the ability to hold the family members as well as the equipment items as well. Some even come with a separate attached area that is specifically designed for this purpose. For the most part, these models are now also available on the Internet, where a large number of camping websites have begun to pop up, taking advantage of the large audience that is starting to enjoy this type of outdoor activity as a way of doing something together as a family.
It is also much easier to shop this way too. Being able to peruse a large number of models on different websites from the comfort of an easy chair sure is better than trying to run from store to store and having to take notes on which model is the best fit for a camping family. Most of this activity can now be completed in a couple of house online versus a couple of days in the traditional brick and mortar stores.
There is now no reason for buying a tent that is too small. Many outings have been essentially wrecked because there wasn’t enough space provide in this shelter for each family member to be comfortable and still hold the necessary provisions to make this vacation special.