Best Camping Tents for Families 2018

 

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Introduction

Every year thousands of families take up camping for various reasons. This could be for cheaper vacations or just to get into the outdoors. For those families that are just taking up this sort of adventure, a great tent is required to service all your needs. Depending on your family size, the room compartments are going to vary and internal accessories or facilities will change.

A tent is going to be your most important purchase before heading out camping, so make sure you buy well. Below we’ve incorporated a buying guide to help you look for particulars in a new family tent.

You won’t regret taking up family camping as it’s not only a refreshing change, it’s also great for meeting new people. You don’t really have much choice in this, as some camping sites tend to be close to each other. You may decide to go un-powered which will give you more space, but there’s no doubt you’ll still get involved with other families at some point. And you’ll actually enjoy it.

The best part of camping with your family however, is that your kids will make friends with other kids. This also gives you a chance to have some time to yourself!

Anyway, here’s our family camping tent buyers guide.

Family Camping Tent  – Buying Guide

Size & Family Members

How big do you think a family tent should be, for say…4 people? You’d probably think that the tent manufacturers should know, and they’ll give you a correct guide. You know like, 4-person tent will comfortably fit… a family of 4.

But this is not exactly what you’ll find. A 4-person tent can fit 4 adults side by side so unless you’re freezing, and all want to huddle together, you’re going to want to up your sizing thoughts to larger preference.

If you look for a tent size that is 2 people larger than what your family actually is, you should end up with the correct sized tent for your family

Ease of use

Assembly can be a major issue for many, especially in years gone past. Although camping tents have come a long way in terms of construction, materials and durability, assembly is the biggest improvement. This has made family camping so much more enjoyable.

There are still varying tent assembly types, and some are easier than others. You’ll find that the majority of tents use fibreglass or carbon fibre but it’s now possible to get instant assembly tents that are supported by integrated air tubes.

Materials

You probably expect your tent to last well in windy and wet conditions, so make sure the materials integrated into your tent will do the job. Look for waterproofing in your tent and a fly with premium quality materials.

You will pay more for these quality materials but if you don’t want your family camping vacation ruined by the elements, it will be worth the cost.

Also look for strong zippers that won’t fail on you. Keeping the bugs out of your tent can be crucial in parts of the country so keep the inside secure.

Features/Ventilation

Depending on your needs and requirements, the tent features can enhance your holiday or make it a little more uncomfortable. Especially when it comes to ventilation like mesh pockets and sunroofs.

Yes, I did say sunroofs. I have one and it’s brilliant. Unfortunately, I bought this tent for my daughter to share with her friend, so I don’t get the benefits from this, but I’m assured it works like a charm!

You may look for pockets in various corners of the tent which are great for storing keys, wallet or other valuables. A lamp holder is also another nice addition that can add to your experience.

Cost

Cost is always going to be an issue, but I’d suggest if you’re just starting out, don’t go for the cheapest option. It never really pays off and you may decide that you like camping that much, that you’ll do it again in the next few years.

If you look at what features and quality you can get for the best price, you will no doubt find a family camping tent suitable for a little more than the cheaper ones.

Layout

Depending on how many family members you may have, this can decide the layout of your tent. The great thing about tents in todays age is that they mostly come with separated rooms, some with extra wings.

So, think about how you will use each room compartment and if you really don’t need a tent with such a large layout, don’t pay for it. Use your money for better features such as a canopy. Maybe go purchase a new hiking walking stick.

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