If you are considering purchasing a tent for your next family camping trip, there are several things you will want to take into consideration. The days of just buying a tent based on how it looks are long gone. Now if you really want to enjoy your camping trip, it is worth putting in the extra effort, and taking extra time to find just the right tent. Despite what you may think, not all tents are made the same. Not only are the designs different, but also the quality is different. Before you purchase your next tent, take a look at the list below to make sure you get just the right one.
What season is it made for?
Some tents are made for certain types of weather. If you plan on camping during the summer months than just about any tent you find at your local Wal-mart will do. Most of these tents have fly’s that can be easily removed, for those warm summer months. For cooler months, you will want to look for a tent that is made to withstand the wind and has more durable material to help keep the warm air in, and the cold air out. You will find that some tents are made for all seasons, others are made for just two, or three seasons. Be sure to research the type of tent you are purchasing, and what type of weather it is made for. Some tents are made to handle more difficult weather conditions than others so it is important to read what type of tent it is.
Leak free seams a must have
If your tent does not have leak free seams you can be in for a disappointing camping trip. There is nothing worse than having a sudden downpour of rain and then seeing your tent start to leak at the seems. You want to look at your tent and see that the seems are hidden away. These seems are usually referred to as inverted. Read the specs on the side of the tent box before you even buy it. If you can not find out the information by reading the side of the box, you can always do an online search.
Fabric that is weather resistant
Look for material that has a special coated fabric, or some type of reinforced material that will help keep the water and wind out. Most of these tents will clearly say that they have weather resistant material. Most tents are made out of a polyester material but some have a little bit of extra covering to keep it dry.
You will also want a frame that is strong enough to stand up to even the strongest wind. There are some tent poles that are made a lot stronger than others. If your tent does not have a strong frame, you run the risk of having to deal with a fallen tent if a sudden wind storm hits your campground.