One of the most important decisions you can make when going camping is the type of tent you want bring.
The first thing you will want to consider is the size of the tent. Tents are not a one size fits all solution because they have a large range of purposes including sheltering one person or many persons. Tents can provide a shelter from annoying insects while eating a meal, an individual sleeping area, or simply serve as covered protection from the sun.
Know What Dimensions Are Needed
Tents are typically classified by their dimensions and maximum capacity of people they can house. Depending on the purpose, one may choose a single occupancy tent or an entire gazebo tent such as a 3×3 gazebo that can easily fit up to 8 people and provide comfortable cover from rain and UV sun light protection.
If you typically bring along a companion when camping, it may be best if you purchase a double occupancy tent so that you can keep each other company without having to move from tent to tent or stay outside your tent for an extended period of time and risk being bitten by mosquitoes that may spread deadly disease.
How Much Should You Budget For Your Tent?
In addition to size, you should also consider your overall budget for camping and it’s a good idea not to under-spend here. Having a good and reliable tent is one of the most important decisions you will make. This is important because your tent will be the only shelter you will have available to you when camping this way. It is highly recommended that if you don’t have the proper budget to spend on a good tent that you forego camping until you have the budget needed to camp safely. If you aren’t sure where to find a good tent, it is best to educate yourself by reading more articles online or speaking directly with an outdoor camping specialist. The people at the camping stores should be knowledgeable to point you in the right direction.
Choose The Right Color For The Season
Another consideration you should think about when choosing a tent is the weather. Something simple but often overlooked by campers is the color of the tent. The color of the tent you choose matters because dark colors attract the Sun’s rays and produce more radiation and heat inside the tent. Therefore, it is always best to choose light color tents in the Spring and Summer months and darker color tents in the cooler Fall and Winter months. In addition, it is important to have the needed survival skills when camping in extreme conditions such as the extreme heat or extreme cold.
Please always remember that safety should be your highest priority. If you aren’t knowledgeable about camping or if you are planning on spending the night outdoors for the first time, it is best to bring along a friend or someone who is experienced. The reality is that things can and do go wrong while in the wilderness and you will want to know what to do in these situations before they occur. The next important thing after safety is to have fun and enjoy the outdoors!