Half the fun of camping is snuggling up together in sleeping bags, telling ghost stories by torchlight and sleeping out under the stars. If you stay at home, but in a different area, camping can be a cost effective fun family holiday which they’ll remember forever. However, if your current tent’s looking past its best, it leaked on the last outing or a family of mice appear to have nibbled at it then it may be worth investing in a new one. Confusingly, tents come in all shapes and sizes and, of course, prices but thanks to our handy dandy guide you’ll be soon be shopping with confidence.
Firstly, what do you want your tent to do? Is it for a romantic trip away? A group festival visit? Or a two-week family camping trip? Pop-up tents do what they say on the tin and are great for kids as you simply throw them on the ground fully assembled and peg them. On the other hand, you may enjoy putting together your poles, pins and pegs so a traditional tent that you assemble yourself may be better.
You can also get weekend tents, inflatable tents, and festival tents as well as more sturdy and military-esque mountaineering and hiking tents so it’s important that you have a vague idea about your requirements such as how many people will be sleeping in it? Do you want to assemble it yourself? Do you need extra groundsheets or fly sheets? You need to know how long you want your tent to last, a good few years at least, as well as how often you plan on using it to get the right one for your needs. For more info on tents why not visit TheHumbleTent.com?
Not all tent poles were created equal, so it’s vital that you know the differences between say a fiberglass tent pole and an inflatable beam as to not damage your tent with the wrong one. Fiberglass poles are what many of us are used to they’re split into sections and connect with elastic. However, under too much pressure they will break and so you need to check you’re pitching the pole correctly when putting up your tent. An easy way to do this is to look for any strain on the pole and adjust accordingly as new poles may need to be cut specifically to the size of your tent. Steel poles are found in large size family tents; they weigh more and cost a bit more too. The last commonly used pole is the inflatable beam and instead of traditional poles, the beam simply inflates from air being pushed through it so they are far stronger than you’d think.
There are a variety of different accessories seasoned campers use to add a little style and flair to their portable home, including tent carpets, tent porches and windbreaks as well as footprints and fitted groundsheets. These help to make everything warmer and protect your tent from being scratched or ripped by any sharp objects or stones lying on the ground.