So you want to try going out and camp with your friends but you are not sure what type of tent to buy. If you are new to outdoor activities, everything will come up as something very exciting but your choice should not be overwhelmed with what you feel. You shouldn’t rush with your choice or else the tent you will be getting may be the wrong one for you. Before handing your money to the clerk, make sure you know where you are heading. With many types of tents available, choosing the right one can be mind boggling.
If you are looking for a tent to use for many years and do not plan on going camping in winter, then a three season tent is all you need. Dome family tents are preferable because they have more space and headroom. When it comes to deciding the size, if you are not going backpacking in the wilderness where the weight of the tent is a major consideration, always go for a tent that will take more people than the quoted size. Manufacturers usually overstate the amount of people that can comfortably sleep in a tent.
The rule of thumb is to select a tent that will sleep 1-2 people more than the number of people you need. So if you are looking for a camping tent for a four people, you would be better off buying a 6-person tent. The price differential is usually just a few tens of dollars, if at all. Even if you do not have much information about how it should be done properly, you can still ask the sales clerk assisting you. Try to share some information with them such as the number of people staying inside the tent so that they can provide the right suggestions for you.