What Know Before Buying a Tent?
So, you’re planning a holiday. Where would you rather stay – in a hotel that’s like home from home, or in a tent, camping out and close to nature? There are two distinct groups here: those who love camping, and those who simply don’t! That’s fine, as the joys of life under canvas are not for everyone, but it may come as a surprise to find that in fact, camping is very popular among the younger generation of adults we know as Millennials. Why is this? It’s a good question, but when all is said and done, there are many reasons why camping is a great way to spend time with friends or family, here are just a few of them:
These are just a few reasons why camping makes sense. It’s also sociable as while your next door neighbours in a hotel will probably never see you, the sense of enjoyment and sharing on a campsite is different, and you’ll find that everyone is welcome around everyone else’s campfire in the evening!
So, now that you’re hooked on the idea of camping, what do you need to know before you buy a tent? Let’s check this out and give you some tips.
Where to Start when Choosing a Tent
The first factor to consider is what size of tent you need. Camping is a competitive market so you will find plenty of choice. You can buy a two-person tent if you are camping as a couple, but we would strongly recommend you have a look at the choice of tents for 4 people as they offer greater scope. A 4-person tent is the most popular because you get the combination of decent interior size and small, lightweight packaging when it is not in use. We believe you will find a two-person tent to be cramped, so the extra space will certainly be welcome.
This size of tent is also usually competitively priced as they are popular, and you may find some particularly good deals if you begin to shop around and see what’s on offer. Look for quality in terms of welded seams for longer life and greater protection, plus an integral floor is an especially important feature – this means the floor is part of the tent rather than a groundsheet – for added comfort.
Brands to Consider
There are many brands involved in the camping market and you’ll see the same ones crop up in reviews such as the one we have linked you to above. We recommend you check out Coleman for quality, well-made tents, as well as brands such as Eureka, who have a fine range of tents of this size. If you’re on a budget, check out Amazon for its Basics range, as they are very sensibly priced and decent quality.
Always make sure you check the weight of a tent, especially if you are on a walking tour, and that it comes with all the accessories, and do spend some time shopping around for the best deals. Once you’ve enjoyed camping for the first time – and this season the word is that the ‘staycation’ is the vacation of choice thanks to the current situation – you’ll come to know the merits of spending time unshackled by the conventions of a regular vacation, so start looking now, and find a beautiful place to get back to nature.