What to Look for When Buying a Tent

posted 3 Jul 2013, 04:04 by Lara Whybrow   [ updated 3 Jul 2013, 04:04 ]


Buying a tent is not as simple as going to the store and picking out one in your favorite color. There are a few more details you need to take into consideration when purchasing a tent. For example, what type of weather will you be camping in? How many people is it for? And last but not least, will you be out in the wilderness or close to a main city?

Tent Size

When purchasing your first tent, it is important to take into consideration the size of the tent you think you need. Many times, you will purchase an expensive tent that only barely fits two people. As the years go by, your family may expand or a friend or neighbor may want to buddy up and go camping to see if he or she likes it or not.

Think into the future a bit in regard to size when buying your first tent.

Where Will You Be Camping?

If you are going to be out in the middle of nowhere, then consider purchasing a tent that can withstand longer periods of wind and rain out in the open.

If you are going to be in a crowded, heavily populated tent area, then a tent that is not as sturdy or expensive should suffice.

What Type of Weather Will You Be Camping In?

If you are going in the heat of the summer then you will have to look for a tent that has netting with overlay flaps. If you are going camping in colder, snowier regions, than a heavy-duty tent that will keep you warm will be necessary.

Is This a One-Time Expenditure?

If this is a one-time expenditure and you know for a fact that you will never go camping again, then go as minimal as you can on the price. However, if you are trying camping for the first time, it is important to spend just enough money that you are comfortable with, without going over budget.

In this way, you will be able to tell whether you like camping and if so, you can get to do it all over again without having to go out and buy a better tent because you went too cheaply on the first one.

Cost

Consider cost for your needs, as well. There are many levels of tents and only you know how much is in your budget. However, it is very important to set that budget and do some research before going out to buy your tent. At least this way you will be prepared and know what to expect.

With a little research and a lot of information, buying your first tent will be an easier process.




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