Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Family Tent
Family tents are large, easy to set up, and a great way to get the whole family outside.
There’s no better place to spend time than outdoors, and there’s no better people to spend time with than your family. Camping with family is extremely rewarding and is a great way to introduce little ones to the wonders of the great outdoors. But you’re going to need a tent big enough for all of you. Here are some tips to help your select the right tent for your crew.
People have short attention spans; children, even less. Having a tent that takes longer to set up than car ride is a sure way to get your kids to lose interest. Look for a tent that goes up quickly and easily. Many tents now feature hub assemblies that allow even the largest tents to go up almost instantly, eliminating the carefully choreographed dance that multi-poled tents used to require.
Backpackers want the lightest, most compact shelter they can get. But if you have a gaggle of kids with you, you want as much space as you can get. Tent manufacturers have gotten better about being more realistic in their estimation of how much room a person takes up, but consider their ratings loose guidelines. Instead, get a tent rated for a couple more people than you intend to put in it so everyone has plenty of room—and isn’t stumbling over each other on the way to the latrine in the middle of the night.
Rain happens. Spend enough time outside and you’ll encounter a downpour or two. If you have a tent with enough covered space, you can ride out the storm playing card games in comfort instead of being trapped in your sleeping bag and staring at the ceiling. Having meals without rain ruining your hotdog buns is another plus. Select a tent with a big vestibule or an extra room so you don’t feel cramped when bad weather rolls in.