7 points that can help you choose a tent

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If you are a newbie to camping and are an adveture enthusiast, who is gearing up for the latest trek, stop by one of our earlier posts . While we covered the basic essentials that one needs in this write up, we will be writing in detail on how to choose two other products that are an integral part of your trek – the tent and the sleeping bag. 

Did you just ask why do you need a tent?

We’ll tell you why! A tent will protect you against the sun, rain and harsh weather conditions. It also provides protection from flies and mosquitoes that can cause an illness. You can use a tent to store all your adventure gear without being worried about it getting damaged. And most importantly, it offers you place to rest and some privacy.

Now that we’re done with why you need a tent, let us look at some pointers that you will need to keep in mind while buying a tent.

The first thing you need to keep in mind is the conditions under which you will use the tent. The second thing you need to keep in mind is how many people will sleep in the tent. And the third factor is what suits your budget.

Let’s get to the pointers on the basic steps of how to choose the right tent for you.

  1. When you plan to share your tent with other people, keep in mind that you need to have a minimum of 25 square feet of floor space per person. If your trekking trips are longer, then choose a larger tent because you will need the space for yourself and also the supplies that you will be carrying.
  2. Consider actual length and width of the tent. You will need at least a foot or two extra in length to be able to stretch out so that you are not crammed in the tent. You need space in the width too to accommodate your backpack and other luggage pieces as well. So if you are sharing the tent, you will need to calculate the extra space that you will need.
  3. A six to seven feet peak in tent is ideal for adults while for kids a 4 feet peak is sufficient. A peak is the topmost part of the tent. Most backpacking tents have roughly a 40 inch peak that allows one to just sit up and it is not very comfortable.
  4. The shape of the tent will determine the space of your tent. You can choose between an umbrella tent, dome tent and an A frame tent. Tents with square floors are easy to set up. It gives you adequate space to sleep. The only hitch is that you may not find a flat square surface all the time. A dome tent has hexagonal floors that will allow placing your luggage in a corner.
  5.  The longest pole length will let you know how long your tent will be when it is packed, so it will also help you choose a backpack accordingly. If you are travelling on a bike, it will help you decide on how to pack the same.
  6. Keep in mind the fabric you will choose for the tent because that will determine the weight of the tent. Most tents are made with breathable nylon fabrics that are light to carry and provide optimum protection against almost all climatic conditions.
  7. Choose a tent that has a groundsheet. Groundsheets can either be inbuilt or they come separately, where you need to lay it on the ground after you have erected the tent. Inbuilt groundsheets are common in smaller tents.

The experts at SafetyKart give these important tips:

  • It is always better to practise how to pitch a tent at home first and be familiar with it, rather than trying it at a camp site for the first time.
  • Never pack a wet tent. If for any reason, you have to, make sure that you set up the tent as soon as you arrive home and let it dry under the sun to prevent the formation of mildew.
  •  Lubricate the zippers of the tent lightly so that it moves freely
  • Most freestanding tents may easy to use because it allows you to pick up the tent completely and relocate it.

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