Do you like to get into the woods? We too! And that’s why we’re here to talk about the most important item for those who enjoy filling their butt laces (camper terminology). What equipment are we talking about? From the tent, of course! And here we are going to give you some tips so that you can choose a suitable tent for camping.
There are two basic types:
Three seasons: These are light and compact tents, ideal for most types of climate found in the US, with some resistance to wind and rain.
Four seasons: these are more rustic (and heavier) tents, ideal for more intense weather conditions. They are more expensive and can be found in specialty stores.
In addition to these two basic types, depending on the seasons, there are also more specific options, such as mountain tents – ideal for those planning to face even the snow, and summer tents, which are light and ventilated, but not suitable for rainy days.
When choosing a tent, there are two important points: how many people will be housed in it and what distances will be covered. If it’s not obvious why you should think about it, feel invited to do some hiking a few days with a backpack weighing a few tens of pounds on your back. You will soon want to shed those unnecessary pounds.
That said, there are three types of camping tents, by weight:
Important detail: manufacturers do not take into account the equipment you will store inside the tent. So, think carefully how many people and what equipment will be inside the tent before choosing yours.
Do you know those stitches in the fabric where sewing is done, the holes? Some camping tents are not sealed at those points, and this allows nasty water ingress. If you bought or intend to buy one like this, it’s not the end of the world: there is a liquid silicone sealant on the market, which serves not only to cover these little holes in the tent, but also to reinforce the seam of your backpack. Two birds in one stone! After all, you also don’t want a heavier backpack because it got wet, right?
Are you thinking that choosing the tent color is a simple matter of aesthetics? No, it’s not! Think of a green, brown or grey tent in a densely vegetated environment. Got lost? Think about what would happen in a rescue situation.
Prefer bright colors: they are ideal for being identified from afar. So you don’t have to worry about getting lost from your tent. Furthermore, these colors favor the entry of daylight.
So, did you like it? With these four tips, you are certainly better prepared to choose your camping tent.