• Types of Camping Tents

    Types of tents

    Camping can be an enjoyable venture but if only you get the right items for the same. One of the most important items for camping is the tent. As a result, there are a myriad of tent types that one can choose from when going camping. These can be classified based on material, size, shape, stability and capacity. So what is the right tent for your? Well, this would also depend on various factors that may include the type of weather expected, duration of stay, terrain and number of people. Based on these therefore, it is advisable to understand the most ideal of tent for you. The following are the two major categories of tents that one can choose from.

    Double wall tents

    The double wall tent is comprised of three major parts; a waterproof floor, inner tent but with a non waterproof roof, a waterproof outer tent and poles. This type of tent can further be categorized in three varieties. There are self-supporting tents that have strong poles to hold up the larger part of the tent while the other part will need to be guyed out. Then there are tunnel tents that have several loop-shaped poles relying entirely on guylines to offer support. Generally, tunnel tents have a higher ratio in terms of its space-to-weight comparison compared to the self supporting tents. On the other hand, freestanding tents can stand on their own without the need to be guyed out. These are best for base camping on rocky regions or winter seasons.

    Generally, double walled tents are easy to pitch, comfortable and offer complete protection from outside elements.  Unfortunately, they are heavy and would not be ideal for campers moving from one place to another. For instance, an average two person tent weighs 62 ounces, something that would pose challenges in mobility.

    Tarp tents

    Tarp tents are single walled with a butt netting and built-in floor. As a result, they are easier to set up compared to the double walled tents. Additionally, it is half as light as the double walled tents thus offering convenience when it comes to mobility. As much as they are also effective in helping protect from outside elements, they are prone to accumulation of interior moisture. Considering that all the part are attached, they are the least adaptable. Tarp tents are known to pitch with trekking poles, dedicated poles or a combination of both. Technically, they lie halfway between ultra light shelters and backpacking tents. For many, this may be the most reasonable first step towards going light.

    When going camping therefore, ensure that you first do your own research to understand the area more. This will be one of the determining factors regarding the type of tent to go for. Whether you are going for a double walled tent or a tarp tent, you safety and health is paramount. Camping should be a fun activity and not one filled with anxiety and regrets. Get the right tent and take your camping fun to the next level on a daily basis.

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