The most important element in any camping or adventure on the road is the tent. If you have to face your first tent travel experience and you have to buy one, you will be surprised by the wide variety of models available in the market, which differ in the type of fabric, the shape, the size, the price, etc.
Choosing the perfect tent is far from easy, but you must not be discouraged: after all, there is no perfect tent, there is only the tent that best suits you and your trip. Face this long quest with the right spirit!
Buying a tent is always an exciting thing and makes us look forward to our holiday immersed in nature, following in the footsteps of our ancestors who camped in the woods or on extensive prairies. To help you purchase, I thought of a small guide with lots of useful tips.
It is the optimal solution for those who want a compact and light, practical and resistant tent. It guarantees a good level of waterproofing and protection from the cold and is perfect for those who practice hiking and trekking because it can be assembled and disassembled very easily. The small and compact dimensions make it very light and therefore easy to carry, but at the same time it is recommended for those traveling with few things.
What elements to consider
In choosing your tent you will have to take into account some fundamental elements, namely:
The dimensions. Knowing how many people will sleep in the tent is the first step in understanding which tent need to buy and usually in each individual tent for sale you will find an indication of how many people it can accommodate.
But do not rely 100% on these indications as they do not consider the space for personal objects and the height of people; they also calculate a very minimal (almost zero) space between those who sleep in the tent, so unless you want to be crushed like sardines, the advice is to divide in half: if a tent is sold for two people it means that one person it is comfortably, if it is sold for four then you are comfortable in two.
In addition to the width, the height must also be considered: the smaller curtains do not offer enough space even to sit upright and therefore are quite uncomfortable, especially when you have to dress. But be careful not to overdo the size because as much as it is nice to have so much space available if you travel with family or friends, keep in mind that the largest tents and with more rooms inside are the most difficult to assemble ( usually require at least two people to get up) and, even when closed.
they are somewhat bulky and heavy. When choosing the dimensions, you must also take into account the means of transport that you will use up to the campsite: if you travel by motorbike, bicycle or on foot you will need a small and light tent, while in the car you have fewer limitations. Also consider the space you will have available in the camping area: it is difficult to find a space suitable for hosting family tents, consisting of several rooms and a veranda, therefore before buying the tent contact the campsite you have booked and ask for information on amplitude of places. If you still have any doubts about the size of the tent, I suggest you take a tour of the specialized shops where there are usually some tents on display: test them and try to enter them to get a more precise idea
The fabric. The curtains can be made with different fabrics, but the most common one is nylon. Breathable nylon is generally used for the walls of the tent while a waxed fabric that does not allow water to pass through is used for the floor. The thickness of the fabric is also very important: some curtains are made up of a double sheet which offers greater insulation and therefore allows more heat to be kept inside the tent in colder climates, while single-curtains ensure greater breath ability and are more ideal in hot climates.
Obviously, the double layer of fabric makes the tent slightly heavier and often more expensive, but offers greater shelter from the rain and if the external fabric should be damaged you will still have the protection of the internal layer.
The water resistance. The impermeability of a tent is measured in “water column”, a parameter that indicates in millimeters the ability of a fabric to resist the penetration of water. To give you an example, if you find on a camping tent indicated “2000 mm” it means that if the tent is placed under a 2000 mm water column, the fabric does not let the water filter. It should be noted, however, that this parameter does not take into account other factors, such as wind.
The minimum waterproof available on the market is 1000 mm, but I recommend you buy a tent that has at least 2000 mm for normal weather conditions (if of course you go to a tropical area in the middle of the rainy period it is better to increase the size, but in this case perhaps better to change the type of accommodation?).