Sharing the thrill of camping in the wild is inevitable once you’re hooked. It’s natural that the first people you’d like to bring along are members of your own family. This would necessitate bringing group specific gear of course, tents being one of them. Now, you don’t just have yourself to worry about, you also need to safely shelter a few, or depending how large your family is, several more people. You also need more space for your gear, and general comfort concerns will also play a part on decisions of what to bring or purchase.
Size is definitely the first thing that you should consider. Don’t bother sticking to the size rating on the box; if it says the tent is for 4 people, it’s typically meant to comfortably house only three. Since family trips can get a little testy for some people, it’s best that nothing gets too uncomfortable. Camping can be very fun, but sleepy cranky people can turn things upside down overnight. With this in mind, a six person tent like the Montana Big Sky is good for a start. It’s not too expensive for its size, and it should last a while with the proper maintenance. If the family camping experience convinces you to go several more rounds in nature’s backyard, your next purchase should be sturdier, like some of Vango’s bigger offerings.
With size however, come pitching problems. The longer you take setting up, the more time you spend away from fun. So aside from practicing at your own backyard, getting a tent that is easy and quick to pitch can also lessen the burden. This will go a long way in creating a more relaxing trip. Easy tents like the Oztent require no assembly and disassembly. How can you refuse a 30 second pitching time? Even better, it only needs one person to accomplish the task. It’s a tent like this that lessens the chance of aneurysms and heart attacks in the wild.
If you intend to camp out in the summer, why not prevent heat stroke with a well ventilated screen tent? It’s a little expensive, but the Eureka Copper Canyon will do the trick. It’s got a cool design (literally) and is easy to assemble. A quicker pitch however would be the Turbo Screen Machine. It only takes one minute! Without a floor however, it’s better for bug free dining. And besides, two quick pitch tents for eating and sleeping, make for a well shaded vacation.
If you really want hassle free though, an SUV tent might just be the ticket. Without having to take everything out of your truck, just attach one of these babies and it’s easy access all the way. Black Pine actually has one that takes mere minutes to set up. With this much space and comfort, you’ll want to come back for more.
Whether you prefer more space or just an easy time, there is a tent out there for you. With comfort though, comes a lighter wallet. If you’re not ready to shell out the cash, maybe your family can just sleep in their sleeping bags.