Going camping is one of the world’s favorite pastimes. Sometimes it’s a welcome relief to leave your bills, job and Cable-TV behind and experience the beauty of the great outdoors with the people you love most.
If you’re planning on making a camping trip, it’s important to make sure you purchase the right tent. If you are vacationing with your family, base camp tents can accommodate four or more people. There are three different styles of base tents: cabin-style, dome-style and screen room/sun shelter.
Cabin-style tents, which feature near-vertical walls, have two major advantages: they are easiest to enter/exit and have more living space than the other styles. Some of the more expensive models even come with room dividers and/or an awning.
Dome-style-tents are designed for their durability and resistance to inclement weather. However, it doesn’t have as much living space because of its arched shape.
While screen rooms/sun shelters are used primarily to cover the picnic table at your campsite, they can also serve as a sleeping area. With mesh walls, these tents are ideal for shielding their occupants from pesky insects in warm weather. However, they offer little to no protection from rain or other inclement weather.
If you’re going on a solo camping trip or prefer to have your own private sleeping area, you will need a one-person backpacking tent. There are many different styles of backpacking tents, so it’s important to evaluate your needs and preferences before choosing one. Some things to keep in mind include: weather expectations, setup difficulty, price, space and weight.