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Going camping with a small or a large tent makes a big difference. If you have a big family or want to invite your friends on an unforgettable camping adventure in one tent then you should opt for a larger camping tent.
Tent manufacturers make large camping tents so you can have enough space for sleeping comfortably and storing your camping equipment.
However, how to choose a large tent with so many models on the market? Here are some useful tips about buying a large camping tent and how to handle it.
Camping tips for group tents
Big tents are very popular among families because kids love to have their own space for playing and running around while parents can organize all things neatly.
What should you know before heading to your favorite campsite?
Small tents are usually meant only for spending the night in the woods or a campsite. However, bigger units are wonderful due to the space they provide.
Space is crucial when you take a bunch of people with you. You can imagine how uncomfortable it gets when you must sleep tight with someone else besides you and hardly move to the other side.
When choosing your model focus on the occupancy number. Let’s say that your group has 6 people. I suggest that you opt for a tent that also has some extra space to store the gear. Get a 6-person tent with a separate storage space or an 8-person tent where you will be able to accommodate all and secure the gear.
When you invite other families or couples to the trip it is best that you get a tent with room dividers. Manufacturers include them as a removable curtain to provide privacy for the campers.
This way you can change clothes and do other activities privately without disturbance.
Setting up a bigger model can be challenging, especially if you are doing it alone. Sometimes campers find pitching the fabric hard but it is manageable with some patience and a good technique.
First, read the setup instructions and study them in peace. Put all the tent parts out the storage bag and place them separately on the ground. Don’t forget to put the doors where you want the entrance to be. Ask someone to help you with the process, it will be much easier and fun if you do it together.
If you are not willing to spend an half an hour or more for this task it is better that you choose an instant tent that has a hub system. You will be able to set it up fast and easy because all that you will have to do is to extend the telescoping poles and lift the structure up.
Fabric is important as it can influence on your entire trip. You have synthetically and canvas (cotton) tents available.
If you choose synthetic one you will be traveling lighter and usually pay less for the tent. These are the tents that most of campers buy for their enjoyment.
Cotton tents are more expensive and heavier but can provide a decent waterproofness throughout the year. Their fabric is made on natural fibers that swell when in contact with moisture, making the tent waterproof. Still, these units provide enough ventilation due to the cotton.
You must pay attention to the seasonality of the product too. Most tents are made for using in the first three seasons; from spring to fall. They have around a 2000mm hydrostatic head (HH) level and will withstand normal rain and wind.
The bigger is the HH the better weather protection you will get in general. However, you should also consider how the tent is made, stitched, and how the seams are sealed.
I am sure you know that there are a lot of different tent brands that offer outdoor tents for camping. You will choose your model regarding the price, camping needs, seasonality and other factors. Still, I recommend that you get one from the reputable and quality companies as these:
- Core Equipment
- Ozark Trail
- Dream House
- Danchel Outdoor
Small camping and backpacking tents are easier to transport then larger tents for camping. They weight much less and can be carried for some distance. Backpacking tents are the lightest of all and can be carried on your back in a backpack.
How can you carry a large one? When going camping with a large tent you should consider a vehicle for transportation. These units can have up to 60 pounds or even more so you will be forced to transport them with a car, truck or other four-wheel vehicle.
Are you ready to buy a family tent?
Before buying a large tent go over the factors that I stated in the article to get the one that will suit you best. There is no need to hurry with the purchase. Consider all the factors; space, waterproofness, weight, cost, interior organizers, and setup and dismantle before you opt for a model.
About the Author
I am the founder of Camping Valley. The site is an extension of my lifestyle and passion for outdoors. Everything that I learn, experience and find valuable is on the site for you. We live in a technological era but nature is reminding us more and more that we should go to the places where our heart and soul feel like home.