Have you been searching for the perfect family camping tent? I can say with confidence that if you walk into any quality outdoor store like REI and throw at dart at the nearest large tent and you will have a winner. Modern Technology has made tents so incredible compared to the old canvass “Army” tents that I camped in when I was a kid.
What The Discount Stores Will Never Tell You About Family Camping Tents
Major discounters like Walmart sell tons of camping and outdoor equipment for family camping trips and some of it is actually good quality. If you can get a Coleman or a Eureka tent from them, you are in good hands. However, most of the time, all you will find are tents selling for under $50 that are the size of a Quonset hut. The seams are rarely sealed. The tents will fall down if a butterfly lands on it, and they are water proof only if it does not rain. Does this sound familiar? The other thing that I have noticed about inexpensive tents is that they are very hard to put up. The tent poles usually not connected together with with elastic. The tent stakes break easily. We purchased a huge tent that had an odd shape that was not symmetrical. It took about an hour to put up and tore during the process. Thankfully the discounter gave us a full refund.
Before you hop into your car and drive to the nearest Bargain Mart, hear me out for 5 minutes as you read through this family camping tent primer. Big box stores sell cheap tents. They do not sell high quality tents for cheap.
6 Critical Things About A Tent That You Should Ask Yourself Before Making A Purchase
- How much does the tent weigh?
- Will the tent be comfortable to sleep in through out the night?
- Is the construction of the tent stable enough to handle a summer storm?
- Will the tent really fit your entire family?
- How long do you expect the tent to last?
- How To Buy A Tent That Is Guaranteed For Life
Both REI and L.L. Bean have the best warranty on the planet when it comes to camping gear. If you are ever not satisfied with your family camping tent, simply return your purchase. They will ask you what you did not like about your camping equipment. Whether you purchase camp stoves, double sleeping bags, battery LED flashlights, etc., you can return your products.
Both companies offer excellent choices on light weight sleeping bags, flashlights, air mattress, and camping stoves.
Never Purchase A Tent That Does Not Contain The Following Items:
A rain fly to keep you dry. If you have a water proof tent without a rain fly, that is not good enough because a good quality tent needs to breath. A rain fly is 100% water proof and provides a barrier that does not directly touch the tent to keep you dry and allow body moisture and condensation to escape.
Tent stakes to secure the tent. If you get a tent that does not have stakes, you may have a free “blowing” tent that will be swept away by the wind when you are not on the inside.
Take your time and read online reviews. Buy the tent that will work for you, not the reviewers. Make sure that the warranty is good. Don’t ever settle for a “cheap” tent.