If the camping bug has bitten you the way it has bitten us, then this one is a definite read for you!! So a couple of weeks back we were talking about camping tips and now we will be following all up with suggestions and advice on buying camping accessories and this one is the first of many more to come! We got our experts once again and ate their brains out until they gave us important dope they had on buying a tent. After all, it is not everyday you go for that tent-shopping. These facts are simple, practical and something you would not have in your mind before you buy this super useful accessory for a night(s) out in wilderness! So, here we go.......
1. Pull your tent at the seams
If the pull reveals stitching then steer away from that tent you picked. This not only reflects inferior quality but also a big chance that the water can seep into the tent easily. Imagine having to RUN! out of the tent in the middle of a rain spell……worst having everything drenched in it! In any case we recommend buying a SEAM SEALER to be that extra careful.
2. Size of the tent
This one is SIMPLY CONFUSING but if you go systematically about it, the decision making becomes easy. Now simple RULE to keep in mind is to buy a size bigger than the number of people your tent would be accommodating. We usually go for two men extra as a rule. Why? Because there is luggage to be stored inside and we do love some elbow space as well. If you want to go conservative, get one man extra but never get the exact size. Also, storage pockets in the tent will determine as to how much luggage and things can go in there without sacrificing floor space. If you camp with your family of four, then six men tent is what will be comfortable for you. If you have KIDS, then this is one tip you want to take note of! Also if there are four or more people clubbing up in one tent then multiple entrances is something you would want to check for.
3. All-weather friend
If you do not want to buy multiple tents, then invest in a 3-4 season tent depending on your preferred time to camp. They might come with a bigger price tag yet would be cheaper than buying weather specific three to four tents. But do not go blindly buying an all-weather tent which is pricey unless you are a hardcore camper who is okay camping in extreme weather. Now many of us would not camp in Alaska nearing winter months…..but some of us would love to indulge in that craziness! So take your pick carefully.
4. You need rainfly....period!
Whether you expect it to rain or not, buy a tent which has a rain-fly. You also get tents that have an OPTIONAL RAINFLY. Make sure it is big enough because if it rains in even slightly breezy conditions, then your tent would get all wet inside. Also a big fly means it makes a better shed so that you are able to keep it open letting the air in unless it is too stormy to do that.
5. Mesh and Material matter.......a lot!
The mesh allows a good air circulation and is a necessity. But you need to look for the one which is really fine so that MOSQUITOES and other bugs do not make their way inside your nook. Fine mesh also means that you need to have plenty of them around the tent. The ROOF VENT is also highly recommended not only for star gazing but a nice air circulation and for those who tend to feel claustrophobic in closed spaces.
Again material is an important aspect to look at. Make sure that the tent has water repellent material and the floor is water-proof. Remember HIGH DENIER FABRIC is stronger and better suited for rough and rugged use.
6. Sturdy holdings
We, by rule buy aluminum holdings and poles because they are flexible yet strong. But we always recommend checking because Aluminum does not always guarantee strength. The glass fibre is not as durable as their aluminum counterparts. They are more prone to breakage whereas aluminum tends to bend not break. Big plus with glassfiber is that it is cheaper and does not corrode. Depending upon the terrain on which you hike and camp, take your pick wisely.
7. The way it stands
When the tent is erected, it must be TAUT otherwise the entire tent will have flapping and vibrations when the breeze is strong. But how do you determine the tautness? Well, look for LOOPS on the outside of the tent body where additional GUY LINES can be attached!
8. The fly (and an important HACK!)
That is the zipper we are talking about. You need your tent to have a nice, sturdy and an excellent quality zipper. Remember zipper takes quite a toll every time you camp. If you have kids along then the zipper might have to put some overtime! Our small advice- carry a candle along, if the zipper gives trouble (like getting stuck or not zipping the entire length) then just rub some wax along it and it should work just fine.
9. High and mighty
If you are not okay with a crawl-in tent then do look for the one that has a good height. You get both kinds but remember if you get one which has a low ceiling then standing and sitting might be an issue. So if you want to indulge in these two activities while inside the tent, do take your pick wisely. There are Five different types of tents that you might want to take a look at- Dome, A-frame, Hoop, Pyramid and wedge. Pyramid tents are really the recreational kind used as Gazebos. The slideshow below will give you a brief preview of each category of tent.
10. Take your footprint along
Footprinttarp is the ground cloth for your tent and it protects the floor from sticks, stones with sharp edges and other debris. Some tents come with the tarp, if yours does not then we strongly recommend buying it separately.
Now that we are done with these precious words of advice from our camping experts, let us jump to our next favourite thing- “Purposeful shopping”! Our Bohotraveller store has an awesome collection of fab tents that come in all types, shapes and sizes. Here are our picks based on usability, ease of installation, quality and coverage of all the four kinds right here. However , do go ahead and explore more of our store to look for more options.
Cool features include:
• Made in USA or Imported
• Sleeps 4 people
• 59" center height
• 8.5 mm fiberglass pole, Dome design for quick setup, 15 minutes
• Floor 1000D Polyethylene
• Electric access port
• Rainfly awning for shade and rain protection
• Storage pockets keep gear organized
• WeatherTec(TM) system's patented welded floors and inverted seams help keep water out
• 9 ft. x 7 ft. footprint fits 4 people or one queen airbed
Cool features include:
• Made of ultra lightweight nylon and polyester mesh,
• Three season, free standing
• DAC Featherlite NFL pole system with press fit connectors, and lightweight
• Fly is ultralight silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating.
• Floor is ultralight silicone treated nylon rip-stop with a 1200mm waterproof polyurethane coating
• Hub/pole design makes set up quick and easy. DAC Twist Clips attach tent body to the pole frame for quick and easy set-up
• Two rainbow doors. Two vestibules with single stake outs and storm flaps over zippers. Four interior mesh pockets and two media pockets.
• Reflective guyline and reflective webbing on tent corners for night-time visibility
• All seams taped with waterproof, solvent-free polyurethane (No PVC or VOC's) tape. 8 Superlight aluminum J stakes. Gear loft loops included.
Cool features include:
• Lightest, double-wall solo tent utilizing latest fabrics and carbon fiber poles; ideal for any ultralight, three-season adventure
• One-door, one-person ultralight tent with 37-inch interior peak height; measures six by 20 inches (W x D) packed; two Easton Carbon 6.3 poles and six stakes
• 20-denier ripstop nylon fly with 1000mm Durashield polyurethane and silicone coating, 20-denier ripstop nylon canopy, 20-denier nylon no-see-um mesh walls, and 40-denier ripstop nylon floor with 3000mm Durashield polyurethane and DWR coating
• 17-square-foot floor, 21-cubic-foot tent volume, and 9.5-square-foot vestibule with 8.5 cubic feet; two-pound, two-ounce minimum weight and two-pound, nine-ounce packed weight.
Cool features include:
• Floor Area: 21.8 square feet
• Peak Height: 36 inches
• Weight: 3 pounds, 5 ounces
• Number of Doors: 1
• Number of Windows: 1
So these were the tips from our experts and our pick of different kind of tents. Head to our travel store for shopping for all your travel related needs. We house everything from travel accessories to clothing and electronics under one roof so that you don't have to venture and hop from one place to another.