How To Choose The Best Camping Tents

Getting a great camping tent is not that hard. Today we’ll be showing you some tips in our guide that we have done up after years of being out of doors and sleeping in tents of all kinds. Tents come in all sizes with small tents, large tents, and tents that pop up. We have seen them all and we’ll be sharing it all with you today.

Camping is becoming more popular as the costs of hotel stays are going out of sight while setting up a tent at grandma’s in her backyard is affordable and you don’t have to scramble from hotel to hotel trying to find a room when you go to visit on a whim.

You also get to see nature without all distractions that staying in a stuffy room and of course, there is the current bedbug problems to worry about as well. So let’s see how to make your choice of a tent for you camping experience the right one.

How To Choose The Best Camping Tents

Determine Tent Usage –

The first thing you have to consider when buying a great camping tent is the use you intend to put it to. We don’t mean. “For Camping”, that’s a given. What we are referring to is whether you are going camping solo, with a friend or perhaps a group of friend, and your family.

Because this is the deciding factor on what type of tent, you’re going to need to factor in the number of people into the equation as well. You can buy tents that range in size from a single tent you strap onto a bicycle for cross-country touring to monster tents that can replace your home if yours is damaged by nature or disaster.

So, think carefully before you purchase your tent in terms of numbers. 1, 2, 3, 4 …, not to mention the space to hold your stuff you’ll be taking with you as well.

Type –

Once you’ve settled on the size of your tent you next need to look at the type of tent you’ll be wanting. There are various kinds out there and some are better suited than others to get your needs met.

The popular dome tent is a good all-around style and is able to handle weather conditions varying from beach to mountain and weather conditions of calm to heavy wind as the weather conditions sometimes change without warning.


The Cabin tent is made for those who are planning extended outings of longer than a weekend. In fact, the larger 10 person cabin tents off you all the amenities of a cabin by the lake. This is what many people put them to for a long summer vacation. They also are used by people who wish to try out POD Living and live without the normal 4 solid walls that traditional housing offers. They also are great for backyard offices, Writer’s retreats, and artist/photographer hideaways.

A-Frame tents are still popular and they come in a variety ranging from the single pup tent to larger variants for two or more people. They set up anywhere and require little in the way of skill at camping to get them up or take them down.


For those who don’t want to waste any time at all setting up their camp the Instant-tent is available. Also called the umbrella/ pop up tent they pop up in to a ready to occupy tent in a minute or less after you put them on the ground. They also break down equally fast and are the favorites of hikers and fishermen along with other people who will change campsites frequently during an outing.

A new category of tent is the car tent that attaches to a hatchback vehicle that expands the amount of use able living space that sleeping in a SUV provides and in many case you can detach the vehicle and leave the tent as a seal able standalone tent when you need to use your car for other purposes.

An unusual variant is the Cot Tent that looks like a cot that morphs into a lounge chair and when lying down is a mesh-enclosed tent that buttons up tight in the case of bad weather. It gives you the advantage of a bed that becomes a tent and vice versa.

Trailer Tents are also available and like the Cabin tents provide a larger structure for camping. They can have a detachable trailer or attach to the bed of a pickup truck and you sleep in the bed of your vehicle. Preppers like these tents as well as the Cabin tents above. They are both great in case of a superstorm, tornado, and other happenings that makes living in your home impossible as well.

There are combination tents that combine the features of the above and these hybrids combine the features of them.

One thing we should mention is that you don’t have to rely on a single tent. You can get multiple tents and this allows for privacy and separate storage for your stuff. Bicycles and motorcycles have their own tents and there are tents made for that very purpose.

Finally, we have the latest in tent technology and one that might just astound you. Just think, live suspended in the trees and even over open water comfortably and safely with a Tree Tent.


Always check to see what weather and temperatures your tent is rated for. 4 season tents are good for year round camping. 4 season tent While 3 season tents shouldn’t be used in winter or in cold latitudes.


You can buy a single tent that can suit much of your wants. The larger tents with more amenities are more expensive but you get more room and they are generally more durable as well.


One final note is to buy a tent a little bigger than the number of people you expect to take on your outing. This is due to the fact, that people take everything but the kitchen sink with them and unless you want to schlep to and from your vehicle you’ll want inside the tent with you


Now a day you can get tents made from Kevlar, Gore-Tex, and Nylon/polyester. These covering provide the shell and some rival spider silk in lightness and durability. Some have excellent thermal properties and are the choices of those going mountain climbing or setting up basecamps in cold venues.

The old style canvas tent is still around and makes an excellent tent for long term habitation like with a vacation on a favorite fishing spot or on a piece of land you are building your retirement home.

Again, the type of tent and the use you’ll be putting it to will often predetermine the material your new tent will be made of.


This is where you need particular attention when getting a tent. This is where people have the most problems. Zippers snag, break, and the teeth become stripped and the tent becomes useless until it is repair or replaced. Read the reviews on any tent you buy and see how the zippers are holding up.


Buy tents that have reinforced zippers with a large tab on the zippers. You want ones that are waterproofed as well to keep out rain, snow, and slush. If you have a tent, that you love but the zippers don’t come up to your standards. Your local sporting goods store can point you to where you can have them replaced or double stitched.

Always zip them all the way up and when unzipped don’t leave the doors lying on the ground where dirt and debris can gum of the teeth. Clean them and check them before zipping them up and they’ll last you a long time.

Your zippers seal your tent and you want them in tiptop shape, as you never know what Mother Nature will be throwing at you.


Many tents come with wall mounted storage cache pockets to hold your stuff. This keeps things from being underfoot. You can also get lofts that hold things in the overhead as well. This makes your tent more livable as you aren’t tripping over shoes, food, and other gear you’ve brought along.

These types of tent storage are worth their weight in gold and you can find what you want without rummaging through packs and containers. This saves on frustration and discontent when a game machine needs to be found.


These types of tent storage are worth their weight in gold and you can find what you want without rummaging through packs and containers. This saves on frustration and discontent when a game machine needs to be found.



Mesh doors and windows are now one way that prevents others to see what is doing inside your tent at a campground, No-See-Um is the trade name and you will see it associated with most large tents these days.

Many tents for 4 or more people have privacy screens that divide a tent for privacy. They either zip or tie into place to create separate compartments and then later can be rolled out of the way to let everyone mingle and enjoy being together.

Just remember what we told you about zippers and you’ll do alright in this regard without any mishaps or embarrassing moments.


Many tents for 4 or more people have privacy screens that divide a tent for privacy. They either zip or tie into place to create separate compartments and then later can be rolled out of the way to let everyone mingle and enjoy being together.


Reinforced flooring and or a ground tarp protects against punctures as well as seepage as well. A savvy camper uses a combination to ensure a dry tent in all kinds of weather.

Weather Fly

This is an overall covering that goes over your tents it covers the top, which is often open to let in light and cooling breezes. When not in use many from a canopy you can set up away from the tent to provide a shady spot to watch nature and for the kids to play outside out of the sun.


When the sky starts to darken and clouds look, threatening the weather fly enshrouds your tent and seals out bad weather and wind. There are flaps that allow air circulation and these can be sealed in the event of a heavy downpour. What’s more they also with a couple of extra poles can be used to set up an awning by the door so you can sit outside and watch the rain or stay out of the sun when it’s hot.

Final Words

There you have a quick guide on all that you need to be aware of to get the best in camping fun today. You can find a tent that matches your needs and sized to fit the number of people that will be going on your outing with you.

The things you want along with some things to watch out for have been included as well. Now all you have to do is pick the tent that you family likes and you feel fits the type of camping you’ll be doing in the coming months.

Camping is fun and you become more self-reliant in a world where electricity can go away during bad weather and your home could become uninhabitable as well. However, with a good camping tent you can have fun and be ready if things get bad as well.

  • Updated September 6, 2018
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Bryan Fisher - May 6, 2018

I remember going camping as a small child with my parents and battling against the elements with poles and guy ropes and a hammer. Thankfully the tents we have on the market today are a lot easier to put up and take down. However, even though sometimes it was raining and often cold and windy, I always felt a sense of acheivement when I finally got my tent up properly!


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