Have you ever bought a tent to take up camping with your family? If you have you know it’s definitely not an easy task. But it’s something you definitely have to do if you’re planning on going camping with your family. And a lot of people don’t even know what they should be looking for when it comes to buying a tent.
So how do you choose the best tent for camping with your family when you aren’t even sure what you’re looking for? It’s definitely going to cause you even more problems than you might think.
The best thing to do is look at all of your options and take a few minutes to really get to know what each of them has to offer. You might be surprised what you find; whether it’s good or bad, and just how easy it is to choose the right tent for you.
Here we’re going to talk about five of our favorite tents and just why you should consider them before you go on your next camping trip. They each have some great things to offer and they each will be great for different campers, so take a little time to figure out which one is the top choice for you.
How to Choose the Best Tent for Camping
Look at your family. The first thing you should do is think about how many people you’re going to take with you camping. If you are only taking one or two people you don’t need to worry about a lot of size for your tent. On the other hand, if you’re taking a large quantity of people you need a larger tent to hold everyone.
Look at your campsite. Think about where you want to camp at and what the conditions are going to be. If you’re going to be camping on the mountains where it’s cold you will need something different than if you’re going somewhere warm. You’ll also need something different if you’re going to be hiking to whatever location you’re hiking in versus driving there.
Pick your favorite. Look at all the different tent options and make sure you choose something that’s going to fit best for your needs and your interests. You’ll definitely want to take a look at these but also take a look at some in your own stores as well. You may find something entirely different that you like just as much or more for your specific needs.
What to Look for in a Good Tent for Camping
The first thing you need to know is that your tent is going to last for whatever you need it for. You want to make sure that it’s high quality and the material should be some type of high denier fabric. You may also want to get a rainfly or canopy of a similar material to make sure that it’s not going to rip or leak if the weather is less than ideal.
Another thing to look at is how tall your tent is going to be. Some tents have a dome roof that is a lot shorter on the sides than it is in the middle. These can be a little cheaper, but they’re not going to be as comfortable for hanging out in or changing because the center is the only tall space. A cabin style peak will have the same height all the way around.
This is a very important aspect because you want good ventilation throughout the tent to keep you cooler. Even in colder temperatures you can get too warm in a tent. Most will have some type of ventilation in the roof, but you’ll also want to look at doors and possibly even windows (depending on the type of tent you have) to get exactly what you’re looking for.
Five Top Tents for Camping
Coleman WeatherMaster 6-Person Screened Tent
Just about anyone who’s into the outdoors knows who Coleman is and knows all about the products that they produce. This tent is definitely no different in quality and workmanship than what you’ve likely come to expect from the brand. It’s made well and it’s made inexpensive at the same time, especially for the size of the tent and the fact that you can fit 6 people inside at the same time. That’s not the only benefit for this tent though.
Made with a proprietary WeatherTec System, this tent has two separate rooms and a tall center height to make sure everyone is able to sleep comfortably. It uses a polyester taffeta fly, polyester mesh inner and polyethylene floor as well as fiberglass poles to ensure high quality and durability at the same time. Not only that, but you get a one-year manufacturer’s limited warranty to go along with it.
The second room of this tent is a screened one with no floor, but that’s definitely no reason not to enjoy it. You can easily use this room for gathering during the day to keep out the bugs but still enjoy the outdoors. It also provides a canopied space where you can store all of your belongings, but remember the screen isn’t going to keep out everything.
With this you’re going to get plenty of ventilation as well because it uses Variflo adjustable ventilation and even has a Cool-Air Port and a privacy vent window. You can easily get it adjusted for just the right amount of air for your family and that’s after you go through the simple setup process, which uses color-coded pole sleeves and a unique design to make the process even easier than any other tent you’ve had.
With a 17’ x 9’ footprint, there’s plenty of space to relax inside this tent as well and when you add the fact that it’s nearly 7’ tall in the center and only gently sloped to the sides it’s definitely a great option to keep everyone comfortable.
The entire frame is designed to be windproof, so you don’t have to worry about this tent blowing over in a strong breeze. The fabric is also waterproof and weather-resistant from the outer tent fabric to the floors and even the zipper cuffs. Every seam is fully taped and leak-free to ensure no water is going to get through and mess with your night.
CORE 6 Person Instant Cabin Tent – 11’ x 9’
With this tent you’re not going to have any problem getting everyone comfortably inside. The footprint is 11’ x 9’, which means there’s enough space for sleeping bags or even sitting around and enjoying yourself, but with a domed design the center is 72” but the rest of the tent is slightly sloped with a little less head room. This still works great for sitting or sleeping but not as much for moving around.
This tent is made with CORE H20 Block Technology and features vents throughout to provide cooling. There are windows and doors on each side of the tent and also an adjustable ground vent to provide even more airflow. Not only that but there is a special loft in the top and wall organizer as well as a lantern hook to keep all of your stuff in the tent but not in your way while you’re trying to enjoy yourself or sleep.
If you prefer a little more of the comforts of home there is an electrical cord access port which can be entirely covered to keep out moisture if not being used. You’ll also have everything you need right in the bag to get you started from the tent itself to all the stakes and the rain fly to keep you from getting wet. Everything fits easily into the carry bag and at this price; it’s definitely a great deal.
The rain fly and other areas of the tent are entirely waterproof and taped to ensure all water rolls right off and stays out of your space. If the weather is dry you can take the rain fly off and enjoy the additional mesh windows and ceiling to add even more air flow and comfort while you relax in your tent.
All the poles come pre-attached to this tent so there’s even less involved in the setup process. All you have to do is pull it out of the bag and you’re already nearly there.
The stakes attach easily so all you need to do is unfold and attach and you’re done. Then you can adjust the air intake vent, organize your gear and decide whether you need the privacy of the zippered door and window panels or if you’d rather keep them open and just a little bit cooler. With room for 6, this tent is definitely going to be a bonus and it’s going to get you a great camping experience.
Weanas Waterproof Double Layer 2, 3, 4 Person 3 Season Aluminum Rod Double Skylight Outdoor Camping Tent
If you’re looking for a small tent that will provide just the right amount of space for 2 – 4 people then you’re definitely going to want to take a look at this one. There are four different color options and three different size options that allow you to customize it to the exact needs of you and your family. What’s even better is the price, which is lower than many of the other tents we’ve looked at here.
With a classic style, this tent still has some of the better features that you’re looking for, like the two ventilation skylights that are also fully closeable in case of rain or if it gets too cold. You can close the outer layer for a small storage area and you can open up the curtain for the door to get even more ventilation or just let in a little more light.
The waterproof index on this one is over 4000 mm and it’s made entirely wind proof with a sturdy and stable frame. Not only that but the nylon fabric is SPF proof because of a specially formulated UV coating. All-in-all, once you get the tent out of the bag and set up (a process that takes one person and only a few minutes) you’re protected from just about anything and nearly guaranteed to be comfortable.
You’re going to have everything you need in the bag for this one from the tent itself to the flysheet, ropes, stakes, frame poles and carrying bag. Everything fits easily into the bag as well so it’s perfect for carrying and you can easily open the windows and doors to improve the ventilation and circulation throughout. If it gets too windy you can even affix wind ropes to ensure the tent is completely windproof and ready for anything.
If you’re really looking to keep water out of the floor of your tent you may want to add a tarp to your list of things to bring along. While the floor itself is reasonably waterproof, it can get a little bit muddy and soggy. With a tarp to keep out the water you’ll be able to stay much drier and a whole lot more comfortable. It may feel thin all over, but you’re definitely going to be comfortable in warm or cold weather and even if you get a lot of rain.
Wenzel Alpine Tent – 3 Person
This inexpensive tent is designed for 3 people to sleep comfortably in any kind of weather. The frame is made with shock-corded fiberglass which makes it a lot easier to set up than most tents. It’s also designed with plenty of open space and ventilation through the 2 windows and large door. With over 8.5’ x 8’ of space on the inside, you’ll easily be able to lay out and enjoy your camping trip.
The weight of the entire tent is only 8 pounds, which means you’ll have no problem at all carrying it around wherever you need to go. You’ll also have no problem using it anywhere you want to go because the smaller footprint means you don’t need as much open space. Included in the tent is a mud mat that allows you to keep out dirt, mud and water as well, as it includes a drainage strip.
Made with polyurethane coated polyester and sealed with double-stitching and lap-fell, everything about this tent is protected from the bad weather and is made to keep you protected from it. Whether you’re looking to keep cooler in the summer or warmer in the winter, you’ll be fine with this tent. That’s because you control the ventilation and the additional air flow on top of vents.
If you need a little extra space to store your stuff you’ll have no problem with the 7 foot vestibule or loft style section above your head for gear space. What’s even better is the ability to keep all of the floor space open for your sleeping bags or just for sitting around.
Though the shape of the tent is domed, you will be able to comfortably sit throughout without losing too much head space. The height for standing however is only around 48” at the highest point in the center of the tent.
If you’re looking for something that’s going to really keep you feeling like you’re on vacation this tent can easily hold a queen size air mattress and with a light pad under the tent you definitely won’t have any problems at all.
You’ll stay warm and dry no matter how long you’re out and you will be able to keep out dust and dirt by closing up the windows and the door. The only place dust and dirt will be able to get in is through the mesh of the floor.
Mountain Trails South Bend Tent – 4 Person
This tent is definitely going to keep everyone comfortable enough and warm during your camping trip but it’s a little bit smaller than the other tents for holding 4 people. Made with a polyester shell, this tent is definitely inexpensive and offers approximately 9’ x 7’ of space. You get mesh roof vents and windows to help provide ventilation as well as the large door.
When it comes to space for storage you have a large utility pocket to keep some of your belongings and a gear loft up above your head to store even more. The height isn’t great, even in the highest point, but it’s still going to let you sit around with your friends or family even if you can’t stand up without bending over at only a little over 4 feet.
Made with a shock-corded fiberglass frame and a simple to use pin and ring system, the tent goes up quickly and easily and includes everything that you could possibly need to get started. There’s the entire tent system as well as the rainfly and even a mud mat that’s attached to the front and keeps any dirt and debris out of your tent.
Plus everything fits in the duffel bag that helps you carry the tent along with you wherever you want to go. Weighing only about 7 pounds, that’s definitely easy enough to do.
If you’re going to be camping somewhere with high levels of wind and rain you want a tent that doesn’t leak and this one is definitely good for that. You don’t have to worry about it with even heavier rain and strong winds because it’s rated to last through just about anything. If you want to really make sure you’ll be safe in strong downpours you can throw a tarp over the top or underneath to keep water from seeping through the ground.
You’ll only need one person to set up this tent and even to tear it back down and store it away in the bag. The canopy is easy enough to pull taught so you can keep it out from the edges of the tent.
If you’re looking for comfort you can easily add a queen size air mattress inside the tent to keep yourself up off the floor and you’ll still have plenty of space without feeling like you’re cramped. There’s definitely a lot to love about this one if you’re looking for the best tent for camping.