Our Beginner’s Guide to Selecting and Outfitting a Camping Tent

No camping trip is complete without a camping tent. Purchasing your first camping tent for your next fishing or camping trip, can be a confusing experience, especially if you haven’t ever been camping before. So many novice campers think that they can simply walk into their local outdoor store and purchase the first camping tent they see. This couldn’t be farther from the truth! This helpful camping tent guide will help you figure out which type of camping tent is right for your camping needs!

1. If you think you will be camping throughout the year, you will want to purchase a camping tent that works well in multiple seasons and not a single season tent. Look for a four season tent because these camping tents are built for warmth. They won’t cook you in the summer months but they will certainly help keep the cold out during the winter months! If you do not think that you will be doing much cold-weather-camping, a three season tent should work just fine. These are typically thinner because they do not need to provide the insulation that a four season tent provides.

2. Look for camping tents that have water resistant coatings. There are plenty of different methods campers can use to keep moisture off of their tents, but these methods involve carrying extra equipment to a campsite and they rarely provide any moisture resistance to the moisture that accumulates on the ground. If your camping tent is not moisture resistant you will risk mildew taking hold and ruining your tent before you get to use it very often.

3. This is one of the most helpful hints contained in this camping tent guide: Make sure that the set up of your camping tent is within your means. If you are someone who enjoys camping solo, you do not want to purchase a camping tent that is difficult to set up. Likewise, if you are camping with a large group of people, you do not want a camping tent with a setup that is too complicated and that prevents people from working together. Look for something within the range of your skill set. You will be glad for this when you actually get out into the wilderness and do not have to struggle for hours to make sure that your camping tent stays intact.

4. There’s no shame in making the most of your camping experience by adding one or two luxuries, be it a portable shower from Kahuna, outdoor speakers from Outer Audio or even a nifty outdoor cooker from CampChef. Many of the well-known tent manufacturers now add extra pockets, poles and storage compartments to their tents specifically for these types of extras. The luxury-items-at-a-campsite thumb rule is; it must never take away from the experience of others, so keep your speakers down to a very low volume or pop it in your backpack and take it to a deserted spot far away from other campers.

5. Make sure your camping tent has adequate ventilation. You want a camping tent that allows air to pass freely through the tent. Many camping tents come with mesh screens that can be put up on the sides to allow the air to flow freely through the camping tent while still keeping out bugs and other creatures. This is especially important during the summer months when the heat will be too much to take if your tent does not have adequate ventilation.

Keep these handy camping tent guide hints in mind when you head to the outdoor store. Don’t let anyone talk you into purchasing a camping tent that you do not want or that is not right for your needs!