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Camping Shelter
Oct 18

Going Hiking In The Winter? Here’s What You Need To Know

By John Hawthorne | ULTIMATE FAMILY TENT GUIDES

Some of you may think the idea of camping during the winter is insane. Surely only a glutton for punishment or a hardcore outdoors lover would dream up such a crazy scheme. You love the outdoors, but your camping is only going to happen in the summer.

The truth is, winter camping can actually be quite refreshing.

If you are looking for some solitude and snow, a winter camping trip is the perfect getaway. Instead of flocking to the beach to find rest and relaxation, try bundling up and heading north.

However, before you begin your excursion it is important to understand the specific types of shelter, food, and clothing needed to prepare yourself for the adventure ahead. The worst thing you can do is wander into the frigid wilderness unprepared. That’s a recipe for disaster.

Here’s what you need to know before your next winter camping trip.

Shelter

Camping Shelter

Having a suitable base camp to return to after a long day of hiking is essential for your safety and comfort during the trip. Your tent must be sturdy and able to protect you from elements like wind, ice, and cold nights.

Can you imagine having your tent ripped off you in subzero weather at 2:00 AM? It’s like something out of The Revenant. The right shelter is crucial.

Three-Season Tent

Three-Season Tents will work for a trip in a mild climate that has stable weather patterns. If you’re heading to places like Colorado or Utah, a three season tent will be the perfect shelter. When using this tent, ensure that you situate your camp in a sheltered area to minimize wind exposure. For extra protection against ice storms, bring a tarp to cover your tent in inclement weather.

And remember the first rule of winter camping: The moment you say, “Surely there won’t be any ice storms,” you’re going to find yourself buried in block of ice.

Four-Season Tent

Four season tents are invaluable when heading to harsher climates. These tents are made with a heavy-duty double walled canvas material and are available in a circle or square shape. Four season tents sometimes have a space for a for a stove to keep your shelter warm. Four season tents are more expensive , but are a good investment for serious hikers and hunters.

Snow Shelter

Snow Shelter

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, building a snow shelter is your warmest option. The simplest structure to build is a quinzee–also known as an igloo!

A few guidelines for building a quinzee that would make even the most rugged outdoorsman proud. Katie Roberts recommends:

  • Mark a circle in the snow sufficient to sleep in and allowing for the thickness of the walls of your quinzee. Remember, you’re going to be fitting your entire body in this thing. Give yourself enough space.
  • Stir up the snow in the center of your circle while adding more snow from outside the circle.
  • Continue adding and mixing up the snow until you have a large mound that domes at the top.
  • Poke a few sticks into this mound about 12 to 18 inches. This will be a gauge for the thickness of your walls

After taking a lunch break, head inside to smooth the inside walls and get situated. Perhaps consider adding some decorations, such as a few throw rugs, some antique furniture, and a television. Just kidding.

Sleeping Bag

Winter Sleeping Bag

Your sleeping bag is an essential part the shelter needed for your trip. Your sleeping bag will act as an extra layer of protection from the cold while in your shelter. Bags are available in the traditional rectangle sharp and “mummy” shapes.

Mummy bags are available in longer lengths, giving you an extra storage space at the bottom of your bag. Mummy bags also offer superior insulation because of the distinct shape. The top is wider than the bottom, wrapping you tightly in a “mummy” position.

Most winter bags are rated for cold temperatures. Choose the rating of your bag depending on the climate you are exploring.

Sleeping Pad

The final layer of protection is a sleeping pad. Sleeping pads are inserted into your sleeping bag and act as extra insulation for your body. Plus, they keep your body from pressing against the hard ground all night, which is a bonus the more old and rickety your become.

These pads are usually inflatable, designed to make packing a breeze. Typically, the best sleeping pad options include a foam and air core. So essentially it’s like you’re sleeping on a Nike Air shoe. Sort of.

Durable shelters protect you physically, but also act as a place of comfort after a testing day. Preparing your shelter, from the tent to your physical core warmth is important for your safety during your trip. Remember, after a day of hiking, you’re going to be cold and exhausted. You want a place to come back and warm up. If you skimp on the shelter you’re going to regret it down the road.

Clothing

Winter Clothing

Once you have secured your shelter, ensure that you have the appropriate clothing for your excursion. Like your shelter, the key to winter camping clothing is layering. You will need layers like long underwear, core warmers, and insulating jackets. It’s always better to overdress for your climate than be unprepared for unexpected cold. If necessary you can strip layers off.

Dry wicking socks will assist in protecting your feet from the sweat produced that can create discomfort. Many seasoned hikers suggest layering your socks. However, if the layering makes your boots too tight do not use this tip.

If your boots become too tight, layering your socks works against you by cutting off circulation – you need blood flowing to your feet to keep them warm.

The most important layer to consider is your boots. Light hiking boots will not work on a winter excursion. Those Uggs your mom bought you for Christmas? Leave them home. Winter boots need to be waterproof and insulating.

Extra Gear

Crampons

Crampons are a tool that attach to your boots to offer stronger traction. Many crampon options are available for moderate to extreme terrain. Be sure to ask an expert which style suits your trek the best. Crampons are especially important if you’re going to be hiking over ice.

Snowshoes

Snowshoes and Skis are used when trekking through snow deeper than one foot. They assist you in staying on the surface and allow you to maneuver through both soft and hard packed snow. Trying to hike mile after mile through knee deep snow will exhaust you in a matter of moments.

Food

Winter Camping

The human body burns more calories when it’s cold, simply to keep warm. According to Princeton University, a person on a winter backpacking trip needs 4,500 to 5,000 calories a day.

This means that your diet for the trip must include high levels of carbs, fats, and protein throughout the day to keep your body fueled. Luckily, it is much easier to pack perishable foods during winter trips because the outdoors is your refridgerator! This allows you to bring things like meat, cheese, and butter– foods that will work to keep your body fueled.

This is also your excuse to double down on all those foods you normally don’t eat. Consider your entire trip one long cheat day on your diet!

For breakfast, double down on protein. Try spreading peanut butter on an english muffin for a quick and easy meal. Also, enjoy your cup of coffee to start the day off warm.

Lunch should include more protein and carbs. Because you can pack meat, it’s easy to make a sandwich with lunchmeat and cheese to refuel.

Dinner should balance protein, carbs, and fats to keep you warm overnight. Try cooking some chicken and rice smothered in butter.

Snacks are easy for winter trips. Bring along things like nuts, almonds, cheese sticks, and chocolate filled gorp (your chocolate won’t melt).

Also, anything you cook with a stove in the cold will use three times the fuel it would during the summer.

Finally, the most important part of your diet on the trip is water. Because your body is burning so many calories, you dehydrate faster. It is easy to forget to drink water when you’re cold, but you must be consciously drinking throughout the day. Drinks like hot cocoa and tea should only boost your calories.

Tips for Trekking

Many other factors, including navigation and downtime, play into the safety and success of your trip. In addition to your three basics needs, mind these factors while you prepare:

  • Don’t rely on your tracks to lead you back to camp. Wind and snow will wipe them away.
  • You will be in your sleeping bag most of the time in your tent. Bring activities like cards that you can play as a group to pass the time.
  • Keep your blood flowing even during downtime. Periodically do jumping jacks, sit ups, or go for a walk to stay warm.
  • Most importantly, it is easier to STAY warm than to GET warm. Check your weather forecast daily and plan your layers accordingly.

Where Should I Go?

Winter Hiking Trials

With so many beautiful locations for a winter camping trip, it’s hard to decide where to explore! Start by visiting these 5 beautiful parks in the United States:

  • Mt. Hood National Forest
    • Located in Oregon, east of Portland
    • Large forest is often overlooked for winter trips with lots of trails for skiing and snowshoeing.
  • National Lakeshore
    • Located on Lake Michigan
    • Plan to visit Pictured Rocks, a popular summer destination is even more beautiful in the winter
  • Yosemite National Park
    • World famous park located in California
    • Easy access to campground during winter months
    • View its sequoias covered in snow from the Wawona Meadow trail or Glacier Point
  • Adirondack Mountains
    • Located in New York
    • Lakes freeze and give access to places you can’t reach during summer months
  • Acadia National Park
    • Located on the Maine coastline
    • Climb up the Gorham Mountain trail for spectacular 360 views

Visiting any of these locations during the winter is sure to keep you wanting more!

Conclusion

Winter camping isn’t just for extremists. As long as you know what you’re doing, and don’t do something stupid like hike in only a t-shirt for hours on end, you can thoroughly enjoy your trip.

During your trip, ensure the fulfillment of your three basic needs: food, clothing, and shelter. Before embarking on your journey, ensure that you have the proper supplies to meet you needs. By taking care of these essentials, you will free yourself to enjoy the world you are exploring and have a successful winter camping trip.

camping food list
Feb 06

CAMPING FOOD LIST ULTIMATE GUIDE

By Jeremy | ULTIMATE FAMILY TENT GUIDES

 


Janet - Family Tent Center

In order to prepare for an excellent camping trip, a camping menu idea is considered an indispensable factor, especially for the novice campers. There are many suggested best camping recipes from various sources with different plans for your choice. However,  the term of good food may vary according to personal taste. In this article, we give you a camping food list that includes HEALTHY, SAFE, and easy camping recipes . The list is also SUPER SIMPLE so you are able to spend more time and energy with your family, instead of cooking most of the time.

02 THINGS MUST KNOW ABOUT CAMPING FOOD LIST

Basically, a camping food list is the tool of the camping-meal planning, which summarizes all of the necessary food in preparing for your camping trip. But it is not that simple to have a healthy and safe camping food list by just adding up all the food you think of. “Every woman who aims to have a great camping food list need to spend much of time for researching and planning” – said Katherine (CEO of Minimalist Meal).

GOOD CAMPING FOODS

Firstly, you should be aware of what the good camping food before picking up them for your meal. The good food for camping should be fresh, nutritious, non-perishable, sturdy and super simple to be carried out and cooked easily. You do not want your food be spoiled or waste too much money on complicated but perishable recipes, don’t you?

The food, in general, and the camping food, in special, can be divided into several types based on their nature, the usage time and the cooking methods. Some typical kinds of camping food comprise of beverages and drinks, ready-to-eat (dry and fresh food), fridge food, cold served food, roasting food, cooked food, condiments, and spices.

camping food list

When we plan for a camping trip, most of us may think of the indulged time for weekends or for few days. Even the shortest picnic usually lasts for the whole day. That means the good camping planner will have to prepare the meal for breakfast, lunch, dinner and also snacks.

  • The typical camping food used for breakfast may comprise of sausages, eggs, bacon, milk, pancake, bananas, oranges, and cookies.
  • For lunch or dinner (main meals), you can use bread, salami roasted turkey, ham, canned tuna fish, cheese, butter and some kinds of fruits to eat. The menu for the dinner can vary, from steak, chicken, ground beef, spaghetti, rice, to potatoes, black beans, tomatoes, lettuce and red pepper.
  • Chocolate bars, pretzel nuggets, and chips are popular options for your snacks.
  • The remaining necessary element for a great camping meal is the drinks.
  • There are several types for your choice, such as adult beverages, energy drinks, bottled water, sports drinks, sodas, and juices.

KITCHEN & DINNING ITEMS

In order to have a healthy and food camping list, you cannot bring your cooked meals and some dry food. In the case of more than 2-day trip, such cooked meals will be pale, spoiled and unable to eat. Only dry food may not provide sufficient nutrients for your family. For this reason, you have to prepare yourself to do cooking on your camping trip. Hence, there are some camping cooking equipment and tools you should add to your list in case you want to open fire cooking:

  • Folding table & chairs.
  • Camping cook set: stove, fuel, frying pan, coffee pot.
  • Constructive eating set: dishes, bowls, eating utensils
  • Food storage, cooler, zip lock bags.

If you are first time backpackers, you can read this backpacking gear list.

CAMPING COOKING TIPS

After having a general understanding of the healthy and safe camping food list, you should start making the list for yourself by following some below tips.

MAKE A VERY EASY CAMPING MEAL PLAN

You will be able to create a better camping food list while being determined of your trip regarding the place, the duration, the number of participants and sometimes, the weather also takes effect. If your camping trip will last for more than 1 day, please pay more attention in storage items and especially the types of sturdy food.

camping meal plan

Make a very detail camping meal plan by answering 5W1H questions

You can plan what food to carry and how much of them based on how long your camping trip is. The departure and arrival time are also important for you to arrange the order of the meal. Then, you should make a plan for the breakfast, lunch, dinner, also drinks and snacks for each day.

One more thing to add to your plan is the cooking type in the camp. Whether you need to bring a handheld gas stove or you can utilize a campfire or a barbecue at the destination. For each cooking type, there are different related kitchen tools and equipment. For example, you should not use a pan to cook with the campfire otherwise all of your food will be burned soon. After having sufficient information relating to the cooking type along with the kitchen items, please come back with our camping food list.

Now you should think about the ingredients and each meal which are recommended to match with the conditions at the campsite as well as the cooking utensils and method. You are able to avoid redundancies and utilize all of the ingredients for the camping trip by answering following questions:

  • What type of heating is required to prepare a healthy meal? Can you make a camping fire cooking? Is it a MUST for a cooking over a fire? If it is, you can search on Google for the keyword “campfire cooking recipes“, “campfire food ideas“, “campfire dinner recipes“, “camp fire cooking” and “easy campfire recipes“.
  • Do you need vegetarian camping recipes?
  • Can the ingredients be used for more than one meal?
  • How long does a dish take for preparation and cooking? (Try to estimate for each dish and a meal to arrange sufficient time)
  • What type of meal can be cooked in advance (before going to the camp)?

Frankly, creating a menu is not easy at all as you have to combine different dishes into a meal and ensure that such combination will not cause the allergy for people or degenerate their taste. But preparing a healthy camping meal is much more difficult. You not only need to consider of the nutrient provided for each meal but also the nature of the food which should be easy to eat and carry out, simple to cook.

HEALTHY AND SAFE CAMPING MEAL IDEAS

According to the suggestion of some nutrient experts and by synthesizing many food lists from prestige websites, we propose the following healthy and safe camping food list for your reference.

Best Easy Camping Breakfast Ideas

  • Breadbest camping breakfast
  • Eggs
  • Cereal
  • Jam
  • Maple syrup
  • Yogurt
  • Orange juice
  • Cheese
  • Sausages
  • Bacon
  • Fruits (apples, bananas, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, peaches and raspberries)

Easy Camping Lunch Ideas

  • Breadcamping lunch ideas
  • Mayonaise
  • Salami
  • Roasted turkey
  • Ham
  • Butter
  • Meat slices, tuna fish, pate (for sandwich)
  • Lettuce
  • Cheese slices
  • Tomatoes

Easy Camping Dinner Ideas

  • Pastacamping dinner ideas
  • Pre-processed meals
  • Rice
  • Tortillas
  • Noodles
  • Salsa
  • Chicken
  • Steak
  • Sauce jars (sour, curry and sweet)
  • Jars of spices and herbs
  • Jar of crushed garlic

Best Easy Camping Snack Ideas

  • Nutscamping dinner ideas
  • Dried fruit
  • Seeds
  • Trail bars, flapjack
  • Chocolate bars
  • Pretzel nuggets
  • Chips
  • Cookies

Easy Camping Drink Ideas

  • Bottled watercamping meal ideas
  • Milk
  • Coffee
  • Wine (Bring a cask of wine is the cheapest and most convenient way)
  • Beer
  • Energy drinks
  • Juices
  • Sports drinks
  • Soda

Additives

  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Onions
  • Cooking oil
  • Sugar
  • Seasoning
  • Soy sauce

Kitchen Essentials

  • Water (An adult needs about 3 quarts of water for daily drinking and may be more from the meal)
  • Folding Table and chair
  • Fuel and stove (if needed)
  • Dutch oven and frying pan
  • Plastic bowls
  • Coffee pot (for heating water)
  • Eating utensils – forks, knives, and spoons
  • Plastic cutting board
  • Cooking utensils – can opening key, sharp knife, large spoon
  • Cooler (for keeping frozen foods)
  • Aluminum foil (for food wrapping)
  • Bags with lock zips or any camper storage ideas (for food storage).

MAKING THE HEALTHY & EASY CAMPING FOODS SUPER SIMPLE

best camping recipes

The most important objective of the camping food should be super simple. As we are not going to a cooking campaign, we should spend more time to relax and hang out with our family and friends instead of sticking with the kitchen. Therefore, you should keep this opinion in your mind when considering your own camping food list.

Based on our suggested healthy camping food list, you can write down each planned meal for the picnic. Do not worry as listing down things will not take lots of your time. After finished the writing, you can try to shorten it by re-thinking of some superseded and useful ingredients along with removing any unnecessary items. You should repeat this step for two or three times until getting the acceptable list. Then, bring this list with you for shopping.

ORGANIZE THE FOOD

It might not a simple task as you have to keep all the food and kitchen utensils together in a logic order. You also should arrange them according to the order of the meal so they will not intricately tangled when you take them out of the box.

good camping food

At first, you should start with all types of food which need refrigeration. After classifying them, it is very easy to put them in the cooler or fridge. But remember to put ice packs on the food to keep their cool temperature during the camping trip.

The remaining items can be divided into three groups: the non-perishable ingredients, staples and kitchen gears, which should be placed in three different boxes.

  • With the non-perishable ingredients, a strong plastic box is the best option to contain them. In order to fill all of the ingredients into the box, you should place the largest and heaviest items at the bottom and the lighter one on the top. Please try to fill them up the box. If you cannot, some papers will help to keep that box filled and stable to avoid inside things be disordered. In addition, you should keep the raw foods separately with another type of foods. Never bring poultry products or meat without a cooler to keep them safe.
  • The second box is used for storing the staples which are some important items but not belong to the first group. Some examples of the staples are olive oil, salt, pepper, spices, coffee, tea, food wraps, sugar, sauce, etc. This box can be smaller than the first one. You should choose the size of the box to completely fit with contained items inside.
  • All of your kitchen utensils will be kept in the last box. As most of the cooking gears are big and heavy so you need to consider carefully which equipment to carry out with you.   To save your limited space, try to take one gear that can use for more than one dish. A small thing to consider is the available space permits. Sometimes you do not have enough space for these above three boxes due to the car is full of people. Then, you have to re-arrange those stuffs into two boxes instead of.

BEST HEALTHY CAMPING RECIPES

Now let’s make great camping meals for a whole long day! In case you want to have some more options, you can go to Google and typing “camping cooking ideas” to get more camping food recipes.

Breakfast: oatmeal, eggs, turkey bacon, milk, bread, and berries.

One of the tip in planning the meals is to keep your breakfast be fuss free and simple. A gourmet camping recipes is not always a good idea, especially when you have to leave the camp this morning. The suggested breakfast here is super simple, easy to cook and of course, healthy for your family.

easy camping breakfast

Directions

  • Boil eggs in advance, properly before leaving your house, then put them in the cooler. Before eating, you pick the eggs out the box and re-boil for about 2 minutes.
  • Chop berries and mix with the oatmeal also put the mixture in the cooler. Before eating, you need to pick the mixture out and stew a little bit to remove the ice.
  • The turkey bacon was already put in your fridge and you only to take them out and cut in thin slices.
  • Cut the bread and put into a dish. Also, place slices of the turkey bacon, eggs into the dish with a little bit of oatmeal and berries.
  • Pour milk into cups for each person.

Now you can enjoy a super simple breakfast from your camping food list.

Lunch: Meat slices, tuna fish, ham, lettuce, cheese slices, butter, tomatoes (for sandwich), bagels, orange or apple juices, melon.

healthy camping food

Directions

  • Cut the ingredients into slices, comprise of meat, ham and tuna fish.
  • Chop all our vegetables and fruits, the put them in the cooler before leaving.
  • Wash the tomatoes and also cut into slices.
  • Bring all the ingredients for sandwiches and put into the bagels on the taste of each person. You can use bagels to replace the bread as they can keep inside things better.
  • Pour the juices into the cup for each person and enjoy your lunch.

Dinner: Macaroni, cheese, canned stews and chili, grilled cheese, beef soup, beans and rice dish.

easy camping recipes

Directions

  • Take all the above ingredients out from the cooler to increase their heat
  • For canned food, open the can and pour out the macaroni, stews, and chili.
  • Cook rice for 20 minutes until it’s well-done. Then, add chopped onions and tomatoes as well as black beans into the rice pot.
  • Heat them up and put cilantro, lime juice and salt into. Serve bean mixes on rice with shredded sharp cheese.
  • Grill sliced cheese for 5 minutes
  • Cut the beef into small pieces, rinse and put into boiled water. Then, pour the broth in, add favor and coriander before serving.

Dessert: Apple pie and ice cream

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Directions

  • You can prepare the apple pie at home, keep it in the fridge. Now, take it out and warm it up. Then, cut into slices and put in the dish.
  • There is no need to prepare anything for ice cream. After buying them from the store, you can put them immediately in the cooler and take them out when you want to eat.

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Jul 25

POPUP CANOPIES ULTIMATE GUIDE

By Jeremy | ULTIMATE FAMILY TENT GUIDES

WHAT IS A CANOPY?

Firstly, we should start with the definition of a canopy. It is basically a structure which attracts shade net or PVC material to support your building or upright poles in order to provide shelter or shade. There are many different canopies for your choice, yet the typical type should be enough lightweight, compact and durable.

WHAT CANOPIES FOR WHAT CASES?

Our guide will assist you to pick up your canopies for sale based on your own preference as well as the specific outdoor setting you own. There are six common types of canopies for your consideration, including:

  • The pop up canopy is known as the shelter which is easy to fold up to carry out with you. Hence, the main feature of this canopy type should be portable. You can decide the comfortable size of a pop up canopy for your trade shows, festivals, and sporting events. The very popular sizes are 8×8, 10×10 and 12×12 canopies.
  • The EZ up canopy (EZ up = easy up) is one canopy type which is set up easily and quickly, preferable for backpackers. Like this name, you can choose the canopy made of aluminum to collapse down in a facile way. Ez up can be used for military activities.
  • The outdoor canopy is the most well-known type of canopy so far. Actually, you are able to use a compact and durable outdoor canopy for all of your outdoor events. Such event may comprise of the wedding feast dedicated for your extended family and even parking your trailer, vehicle or RV.
  • The beach canopy can protect you and your family from the sun, rain and wind during your outing or camping to your favorite beach. When buying this canopy type, you should pay more attention to its durability and the specific function of water resistance.
  • The gazebo canopy is widely utilized in any backyard/garden activities, such as a party. In order to maximize its capability, the users might consider some portable, affordable and lightweight garden canopies.

After letting you know of the basic understandings regarding canopies for sale as well as some typical types of canopies, our next discussion will be over following parts:

  • Further information about those canopy types
  • Top Canopies for each types/purposes & Short Reviews for each individual canopy tent.
  • Step-by-step buying guide
  • Very practical experience tips.

TOP CANOPY TENTS FOR SALE 2018

TOP POP UP CANOPY TENTS FOR SALE 2018


OUTSUNNY
Slant Leg Easy Pop-Up Canopy Party Tent


  • Our Rating: (4.5 / 5)The rating based on our researches.
  • Read 184+ Reviews Customer Reviews on Amazon
  • 8x8, 10x10Camping, Party, Commercial Fair Shelter, Car Shelter
  • $Great
  • Color: Many
    Weight: 22.7 poundsVery Easy to Carry/Transport
  • Read Our ReviewShort Review

SHELTERLOGIC
POP UP CANOPY TENT


  • Our Rating: (5 / 5)The rating based on our researches.
  • Read 43+ Reviews Customer Reviews on Amazon
  • 8x8Camping, Party, Commercial Fair Shelter, Car Shelter
  • $Great
  • Color: Many
    Weight: 30.6 poundsVery Easy to Carry/Transport
  • Read Our ReviewShort Review

DELTA CANOPIES
Pop up 4 Wall Canopy Party Tent Gazebo Ez Pink Zebra


  • Our Rating: (5 / 5)BEST SELLER TENT FOR 4 MEN
  • Read 25+ Reviews Customer Reviews on Amazon
  • 10x10Camping, Party, Commercial Fair Shelter, Car Shelter
  • $$Good
  • Color: Pink
    Weight: 70 poundsVery Easy to Carry/Transport
  • Read Our ReviewFull Review

AMERICAN PHOENIX
Easy POP UP CANOPY TENT



  • Our Rating: (5 / 5)The rating based on our researches.
  • Read 45+ ReviewsCustomer Reviews on Amazon
  • 10x10, 15x10, 20x10Camping, Party, Commercial Fair Shelter, Car Shelter
  • $$Good
  • Color: Many
    Weight:Very Easy to Carry/Transport
  • Read Our ReviewShort Review

 

 

best backpacking tents
May 26

BEST FAMILY BACKPACKING TENT ULTIMATE GUIDE

By Jeremy | ULTIMATE FAMILY TENT GUIDES


Jeremy AllenJeremy Allen: Hello, I would like to give a warm welcome to all people who are planning to buy the best family backpacking tent. If you are an amateur or lack of experience in choosing a backpacking tent, I am here for you. Basing on the number of backpackers, they are classified into 4 groups: 1, 2, 3, 4 persons. My task is assisting you to realize what is your demands, and what backpacking tent is great for you.

In the first part, you will have a general look at each recommended backpacking tent group (for 1, 2, 3 and 4 man). Then, I am pleased to provide you features and detailed information about twelve different backpacking tents. This article also gives you short reviews of each tent as well as pros and cons from real usage of many people.

In the second part, some useful tips and advice will be provided so that you can have better knowledge of criteria to choose a good backpacking tent. Through true stories from other users, I would bring to you real experience in using backpacking tents. I hope that will help you more.

The last but not least part is some questions about tents and related issues. There are four other helpful and reliable sources of information will be given in order to help you make better decisions on choosing this must-have thing in your list of necessary items for camping trip.

Basing on the number of tent users (1-person, 2-person, 3-person and 4-person), there are a number of backpacking tents which are suitable for your purpose and financial capacity. In this article, I will introduce twelve backpacking tents to you. This guide also includes a small comparison between best backpacking tents so that you could choose the most suitable one for your trip.

 



TOP BEST BACKPACKING TENTS FOR 1, 2, 3 & 4 PERSON

Best backpacking tent: ONE PERSON TENT

This table provides general information about best backpacking tents for one man tent.


ALPS MOUNTAINEERING
LYNX 1 TENT 2015


  • Our Rating: (5 / 5)The rating based on our researches. This one is best for single person.
  • Read 221+ ReviewsCustomer Reviews on Amazon
  • 1, 2 & 4 Persons Backpacker(s)
  • 01 Door Only Very Comfortable
  • Setting Up Time: ~05 minutesVery Easy Setup
  • $Great
  • Color: Clay Rust
    Weight: 3.15 pounds
    Dimensions: 7'6" x 2'8" x 3" (H)Extremely Easy to Carry/Transport
  • Read Our ReviewShort Review

EUREKA!
SPITFIRE 1 BLUE



  • Our Rating: (5 / 5)BEST QUALITY!!!
  • Read 152+ ReviewsCustomer Reviews on Amazon
  • 1 Persons OnlyLone Backpacker
  • 01 Door OnlyDeluxe Class
  • Setting Up Time: 5 minutesVery Easy to Setup
  • $$$Luxury Backpacking Tent
  • Color: Sky Blue/Sand
    Weight: 2.12 pounds
    Dimensions: 108" L x 42" W x 40" HSuper Ultralight Backpacking Tent
  • Read Our ReviewShort Review

EUREKA! SOLITAIRE - TENT
  • Our Rating: (4.5 / 5)BEST SELLER TENT FOR ONE MAN
  • Read 459+ Reviews Customer Reviews on Amazon
  • 1 Person Lone Backpacker
  • 01 Door OnlyVery Comfortable
  • Setting Up Time: <2 minutesExtremely Easy Setup
  • $Great
  • Color: Black
    Weight: 3.5 pounds
    Dimensions: 96" L x 32" W x 28" HVery Easy to Carry/Transport
  • Read Our ReviewShort Review

FIRST GREAR
CLIFF HANGER 1 PERSON TENT


  • Our Rating: (4.5 / 5)The rating based on our researches.
  • Read 145+ ReviewsCustomer Reviews on Amazon
  • 1 Person Lone Backpacker
  • 01 Door OnlyVery Comfortable
  • Setting Up Time: ~1 minutesExtremely Easy to Setup
  • $Great
  • Color: As the picture
    Weight: 3.5 pounds
    Dimensions: 6f7 x 2f5 x 43" (H)Extremely Easy to Carry/Transport
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Best backpacking tent: 2 PERSON TENT

2-person tents tend to be the most popular models. A backpacking tent for 2-person can be used for solo hikes or with a partner. This table will provide some necessary information about three best backpacking tents for 2 persons to compare.


MOUNTAINSMITH MORRISON
2 PERSON 3 SEASON TENT


  • Our Rating: (5 / 5)BEST QUALITY 2 PERSON TENT
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  • 2 & 3 PersonsBackpacker(s)
  • 02 DoorsVery Comfortable - Go Out without Step over Other People
  • Setting Up Time: ~2 minutesExtremely Easy Setup
  • $$Good for the Money
  • Color: As the Picture
    Weight: 5.53 pounds
    Dimensions: 56" x 43" x 92" (W x H x D)Very Easy to Carry/Transport
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COLEMAN
SUNDOME 2 PERSON TENT
  • Our Rating: (5 / 5)BEST SELLER TENT FOR TWO MEN
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  • 2, 3, 4 & 6 PersonsBackpacker(s) or Family
  • 01 DoorsVery Comfortable
  • Setting Up Time: ~10 minutesEasy Setup
  • $Great
  • Color: Green
    Weight: 6.38 pounds
    Dimensions: 7' (D) x 5' (W) x 48" (H)Easy to Carry/Transport
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STANSPORT
"SCOUT" BACKPACK TENT

  • Our Rating: (4.5 / 5)BEST SELLER TENT FOR TWO MEN
  • Read 425+ ReviewsCustomer Reviews on Amazon
  • 2 Persons Backpacker(s)
  • 01 Door OnlyVery Comfortable
  • Setting Up Time: 2~3 minutesExtremely Easy to Setup
  • $CHEAP BACKPACKING TENT
  • Color: Forest Green
    Weight: 3.8 pounds
    Dimensions: 54" (W) x 36" (H) x 78" (D)Very Easy to Carry/Transport
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HAPPY CAMPER
2 PERSON TENT


  • Our Rating: (4.5 / 5)The rating based on our researches.
  • Read 417+ ReviewsCustomer Reviews on Amazon
  • 2 Persons Backpacker(s)
  • 01 DoorComfortable
  • Setting Up Time: ~5 minutesVery Easy to Setup
  • $BEST FOR THE MONEY
  • Color: As the picture
    Weight: 2.8 pounds
    Dimensions: 76 x 60 x 42 inches (H)Super Ultralight Backpacking Tent - Very Easy to Carry/Transport
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Best backpacking tent: 3 PERSON TENT

This table will provide some necessary information about three best backpacking tents for 3-person to compare.


WENZEL
RIDEGELINE 3 PERSON TENT


  • Our Rating: (5 / 5)The rating based on our researches.
  • Read 187+ Reviews Customer Reviews on Amazon
  • 3 PersonsBackpackers
  • 02 DoorsVery Comfortable - Go Out without Step over Other People
  • Setting Up Time: 3 minutesExtremely Easy to Setup
  • $Great
  • Color: Blue & Light Grey
    Weight: 6.25 pounds
    Dimensions: 7' x 7' x 50" (W x D x H)Very Easy to Carry/Transport - Different Colors are Different Prices
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COLEMAN
SUNDOME 3 PERSON TENT
  • Our Rating: (5 / 5)BEST SELLER TENT FOR 3 MEN
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  • 2, 3, 4 & 6 PersonsBackpacker(s) or Family
  • 01 DoorsComfortable
  • Setting Up Time: ~8 minutesEasy Setup
  • $Great
  • Color: Green & Navy
    Weight: 6.38 pounds
    Dimensions: 7' (D) x 5' (W) x 48" (H)Easy to Carry/Transport - Different Colors are Different Prices
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WENWEL
ALPINE TENT - 3 PERSONS




  • Our Rating: (5 / 5)The rating based on our researches.
  • Read 476+ ReviewsCustomer Reviews on Amazon
  • 3 Persons Backpacker(s)
  • 01 DoorsComfortable
  • Setting Up Time: 12 minutesOK to Setup
  • $Great
  • Color: Grey/Blue
    Weight: 8.0 pounds
    Dimensions: 8.5 x 4 x 8 feet (W x H x D)Easy to Carry/Transport
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Best backpacking tent: 4 PERSON TENT

This table will provide some necessary information about three best backpacking tents for 4-person to compare.


MOUNTAIN TRAILS
SHOUTH BEND TENT 4 PERSON



  • Our Rating: (5 / 5)The rating based on our researches.
  • Read 145+ Reviews Customer Reviews on Amazon
  • 4 PersonsBackpacker(s)
  • 01 Door OnlyComfortable
  • Setting Up Time: 2 minutesExtremely Easy to Setup
  • $Great
  • Color: As the picture
    Weight: 6.95 pounds
    Dimensions: 9 x 4.3 x 7 feet (W x H x D)Very Easy to Carry/Transport
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COLEMAN
HOOLIGAN TENT
  • Our Rating: (4.5 / 5)BEST FOR THE MONEY
  • Read 613+ Reviews Customer Reviews on Amazon
  • 2, 3 & 4 PersonsBackpackers & Family
  • 01 DoorsComfortable
  • Setting Up Time: ~10 minutesEasy to Setup
  • $Great
  • Color: Red
    Weight: 11.6 pounds
    Dimensions: 108" L x 84" W x 58" HEasy to Carry/Transport
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COLEMAN
SUNDOME 4 PERSON TENT
  • Our Rating: (5 / 5)BEST SELLER TENT FOR 4 MEN
  • Read 1,136+ Reviews Customer Reviews on Amazon
  • 2, 3, 4 & 6 PersonsBackpacker(s) or Family
  • 01 DoorsComfortable
  • Setting Up Time: ~10 minutesEasy Setup
  • $Great
  • Color: Green & Navy
    Weight: 10.62 pounds
    Dimensions: 9' (D) x 7' (W) x 4'11" (H)Easy to Carry/Transport - Different Colors are Different Prices
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WEANAS® WATERPROOF
DOUBLE LAYER
2, 3, 4 PERSON 3 SEASON

  • Our Rating: (5 / 5)The rating based on our researches.
  • Read 113+ ReviewsCustomer Reviews on Amazon
  • 2, 3 & 4 Persons Backpacker(s)
  • 02 DoorsVery Comfortable
  • Setting Up Time: 2 minutesExtremely Easy to Setup
  • $$Still Great for The Money
  • Color: Green, Blue, Orange & Azure
    Weight: 5.8 pounds
    Dimensions: 85.2" x 51.6" x 85.2" (W x H x D)Very Easy to Carry/Transport - Different Colors are Different Prices
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SHORT REVIEWS OF BEST BACKPACKING TENTS

THE ALPS MOUNTAINEERING LYNX ONE MAN TENT

The Alps Mountaineering Lynx 1 Tent is roomy enough for one person to sleep comfortably in any position. I can even stretch my arms and legs even (but not too much). The large vestibule feature enables you to store your backpack and extra gear. This tent is freestanding with two pole clips that quickly attach to the aluminum poles, you will find it easier to set up. Polyester fly resists UV damage. ALPS has the factory seal the fly and floor seams and coats the floor with 2000mm for the best weather protection, it enables you to keep dry even in a rain shower.

Other featuresone person tent

  • Free standing 2 pole design with 7000 series aluminum poles
  • Easy assembly with pole clips
  • 75D 185T polyester fly resists UV damage and stays taut
  • Factory sealed fly & floor seams give best weather protection
  • 75D 185T poly taffeta floor with 2000mm coating
  • Extra large #8 zippers on door and vestibule
  • Vestibule for gear storage and extra weather protection
  • Weatherproof fly buckles on for maximum adjustability and protection
  • Half mesh walls increase ventilation
  • Mesh storage pockets, gear loft, 7075 aluminum stakes and guy ropes included

Pros:

  • Portability
  • Extra vestibule space
  • Durable construction
  • Can resist the wind
  • High-quality zipper
  • Ease of assembly

Cons:

  • Thin floor
  • Rain fly fits poorly
  • Hard to enter and exit

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MOUNTAINSMITH MORRISON 2 PERSON 3 SEASON TENT

Available size: 2 person tent & 3 person tent

This freestanding three-season, two-person tent recently recognized with 2011 Backpacker Gear Guide “Killer Deal” and “Killer Value” awards. Mountainsmith Morrison 2 Person 3 Season Tent features two pole design with two master hooks at the top making it easy to setup. This tent provides 35 square feet of interior usable space which accommodates 2 adults in comfort. Two-door design with doors that zip off almost completely for an open air feel and extra views.

Other features

  • Two doors / Two vestibule layout
  • Tent fly ventilation windows
  • Bathtub floor construction
  • Taped floor seams
  • No-see-um mesh wall panels
  • Detachable ceiling loft pocket
  • Interior mesh storage pockets
  • Clip-pole attachment for lighter weight and better breathability
  • Reflective guy lines with tension lock cord adjustment

Pros:2 man tent

  • Easy to set-up
  • Roomy
  • Well-ventilated

Cons:

  • Low-quality poles and stakes
  • Low vestibule doors

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COLEMAN SUNDOME 2 PERSON TENT

Available: 2 person tent, 3 person tent, 4 person tent and 6 person tent.

The Coleman Sundome 2 Person Tent (Green and Navy color options) is part of Sundome series of tents from Coleman. Heavy duty 1000D polyethylene bathtub floor for extra durability and welded leak proof seams even in the corners. Freestanding design with two poles makes it easy to setup. A large door for easy entry with large rear hooded window provides airflow for ventilation. Mesh vents on the roof provide additional ventilation. Coated polyester fly and wall fabrics (450mm coating) with a rainfly included for extra weather protection so that it is up to 33% more water-resistant than a Comparable standard Coleman tent.

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Other features

  • Exclusive WeatherTec™ system to keep you dry if it rains2 man tent
  • 7′ x 5′ tent, 4′ center height
  • Dome structure, easy to transport & simple to set up
  • Great for weekend car campers, short backpack trips and 1st-time campers
  • Durable carry bag with separate storage bags for tents, poles and stakes
  • Rain fly included
  • Privacy vent window
  • Interior gear pocket
  • Electrical access port
  • Easy set up with continuous pole sleeves
  • Easy to follow instructions sewn into durable carry bag
  • Pin and ring design and InstaClip™ attachments make tent simple to set up

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WENZEL RIDGELINE 3 PERSON TENTultralight backpacking tents

Wenzel Ridgeline 3 Person Tent’s sealed fly and a welded polyethylene floor keep you dry. The Weather Armor polyester fly has good UV properties and protects you from worst weather climates. The shock-corded fiberglass frame uses multi-diameter poles create a stronger and more head room and livable space, as well as easier, setting up. Two ‘D’ doors with an inside flap zipper window for easy in and out access.

Other features

  • Integrated tent light reflection system
  • Easy access “D” style door with inside flap zippered window
  • Shock corded fiberglass poles with fast feet for easy setup
  • Multi-diameter fiberglass poles provide more head room and livable Space
  • Fly ridge pole provides protective awning over front door and rear window
  • E-Port for electrical cord access
  • Gear loft and convenience pocket
  • Removable seam sealed fly
  • Zippered rear window with inside privacy flapbackpacking tent reviews
  • Mesh roof vents

Pros:

  • Excellent ventilation
  • Floor is welded (Not sewn)
  • Treated to repel water
  • Affordable price
  • Lightweight construction

Cons:

  • Limited space
  • Not visible in the dark

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WENZEL ALPINE TENT – 3 PERSON

Wenzel Alpine Tent – 3 Person is a great choice for a camping adventure. Its three-pole penta dome design feature creates a vestibule for gear storage and better weather protection. This tent features a shock-corded fiberglass frame (with pole pockets) that can be set up and disassembled quickly. The tent’s weather Armor™ fabric with a polyurethane, water resistant coating and UV resistant gives you a safe place for sleeping and good shelter against bad weather.3 MAN TENT

Other features:

  • Suitable for backpacking or backyard
  • Size of: 8′ 6″ x 8′ with a center height of 4′
  • Easy set-up, 3-pole pentadome tent with removable rain fly
  • Middle pole creates vestibule for gear storage and weather protection
  • Shock corded fiberglass frame poles
  • Quick and easy setup
  • Integrated mud mat with drainage
  • Sonic-sealed polyethylene tub-style floor
  • 2-side zippered windows for added airflow when desired
  • Includes ground stakes, gear loft, hanging storage pocket and storage duffle

Pros:BEST BACKPACKING TENTS

  • Easy to set up and take down
  • Light weight
  • Waterproof
  • Withstands strong wind
  • Freestanding when needed
  • Good carry bag
  • Metal stakes
  • Roomy for two people

Cons:

  • A tight fit for three people
  • Condensation can be a problem, the windows are small
  • Supplied stakes may need to be replaced with longer ones in some situations
  • Not tall enough for adult to stand upright
  • Unsuitable for freezing winter weather

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MOUNTAIN TRAILS SOUTH BEND TENT – 4 Person

The Mountain Trails South Bend sport dome tent is a good choice for hikers and car campers. This tent features shock-corded fiberglass frame with pin-and-ring system for quick set-up. This tent has our integrated Stow-n-go duffel system that simplifies set-up, take-down, and storage. The tent offers polyester mesh roof vents and windows for ample cross-ventilation which could keep you cool on warm evenings.

Other features

  • Fiberglass poles frame
  • Shock-corded fiberglass frame
  • Removable fly and mesh roof ventsultralight backpacking tents
  • Dutch “D” style doors with inside zip windows
  • Reinforced polyethylene tents floors with welded seams

Pros:

  • Very easy setup
  • Window and door have zippered screen
  • Doormat is permanent
  • Rainfly has awning so can keep gear outside tent

Cons:

  • Better for three people than four
  • Doesn’t come with carrying bag
  • Stakes don’t hold up well

 

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Weanas® Waterproof Double Layer 2, 3, 4 Person 3 Season

Weanas® Waterproof Double Layer 2, 3, 4 Person 3 Season Aluminum Rod Double Skylight Outdoor Camping Tent is easy to install. It features a super classic interior design with a door can be opened from inside and outside. When closing the outer layer, you can use it as a storage room for shoes, backpack or other gear. In addition, this tent uses professional waterproof fabric with SPF proof. With high-strength aluminum poles, the tent can stand high pressure.

Other features:best ultralight tent

  • Lashing design, easily rolled up, used for fixing aluminum pole and external tent.
  • Tent door uses two-way zipper, both sides can be tightened, especially add the door curtain pull clasp, more convenient and durable.
  • Two sides of the ventilation windows can be closed or open freely, it can maintain ventilation in the tent.
  • The tent has wind ropes fixed all around, it can effectively windproof.

Pros:

  • Two doors are convenient: someone can exit without disturbing the other person
  • Extremely quick and easy assembly
  • Couple storage compartments on the inside
  • Gets back into its packaging easily

Cons:

  • Very lightweight means a trade-off very thin material, concerned that the bottom will rip easily without a footprint.
  • Shoe vestibule is nice but small

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HOW TO CHOOSE A BEST BACKPACKING TENT?

Choosing a suitable backpacking tent need some tips and more experience. A good backpacking tent not only provides safe shelter or good sleeping bed for you, it also gives you a cozy place for gathering and enjoying your trip. Depending on different purposes of using and financial capability, the definition of a good backpacking tent varies. However, when you find and choose a backpacking tent for your trip, let’s take a look at some criteria below:

lightweight backpacking tents

Number of campers:

The first thing you must count is the number of campers. A 2 person tent often only has  enough space without stretching legs or hands. You also need space for storing your backpack/gears, right? My friend, Smith – a passionate backpacker, bought a solo tent for his first camp. When night fall, it became to rain, he was OK inside the tent. However, he had to keep all his gear inside the tent with him to avoid the rain. So, there was no room for lying. It was a long hard night for Smith. That is the way an exciting trip might become a terrible memory if you cannot sleep well after hard traveling hours. After an awful night, Smith got up with the painful body and did not want to do anything.

In addition, you should consider the number of campers in future trips.

That’s why you are recommended to upsize the tent capacity by one (or even two) person. Backpacking tents are designed for one-person, two-person, three-person, four-person. The best thing is the lightweight of those tents are not different too much. If the number of users is four or five plus, you better choose a  best family tent for your trip.

Ultralight:

best 2 person backpacking tent

Using an ultralight backpacking tent is the perfect choice, especially when you travel alone or take part in a long trip. For a hiking, stamina is very important thing. The lighter of the tent, the more stamina you can save. I will give you the ideal weight for each size of backpacking tent.

  • For 1 person tent: 2 to 3.5 pounds
  • For 2 person tent: 3 to 5.5 pounds
  • For 3 person tent: 6 to 7 pounds
  • For 4 person tent: 6 to 7 pounds.

However, keep in mind that the lightweight backpacking tent often is less durable and lower quality.

Price

Purchasing a good backpacking tent with reasonable price is the first priority for everyone. Is “the more expensive, the better” right in all cases? The best backpacking tent is not always the most expensive one! When you are seeking for a good backpacking tent for your trip, you should pay attention to sale program or have a glance at different department or shop to make a comparison between tents. You might find a good backpacking tent with cheaper price.

Some online commercial websites give a big discount and free ship when customers buy products. They would like to increase their sale and encourage customers to buy items. It is a good choice for your purchasing!

There are some very cheap backpacking tents, even as low as 20~30$. My friend is very proud that he bought a backpacking tent on sale with only 16$. And he feels it even better than ~100$ backpacking tent of his friend. However, I believe it is just a luck. Just take a look at STANSPORT “SCOUT” BACKPACK TENT on Amazon, then you will see a lot of bad comments. But, it is still best seller backpacking tent for 2 person. So, the lesson is, if you don’t think about using for long time, then a cheap backpacking tent is a good choice.

Livability / Convenience:

backpacking tents 2 person

When you spend more hours in your backpacking tent, you really need to take good consideration for checking its convenience. Do you feel comfortable when staying in? Does the tent fit your height (when you are sitting)? How many doors do you want? You should pay attention to ceiling height, tent capacity and ground space. It is better to stretch out easily and sit up without difficulty.

The number of doors is an important factor. You don’t want to crawl over other people at the midnight and wake everybody up, right?

Some 1-person backpacking tent is quite narrow and it only provides a place for sleeping. If you want more spacious, let’s choose a tent which has enough room for your gear.

Materials:

Most tents are made of nylon now. For example, breathable nylon is used for tent walls, coated nylon for the fly and floor, no-see-um mesh for the window screens. If you choose a tent with thicker and denser fabrics, you have to accept its heavy weight. Materials fabric is very important when you buy a backpacking tent for a long journey.

Most tents are designed with either aluminum or fiberglass pole along with an elastic shock cord. Fewer poles will allow you to set up or install faster. With the help of clips and short sleeves, the tent will be stronger. People said that aluminum poles are more durable than fiberglass ones. You should carry along tent emergency repair kit for urgent cases.

Setting-up time

Teenagers build yellow tent themselves in the forest at the camping site together

A simple and easy to setup backpacking tent will be a good choice. When you travel alone or you join a hard trip, spending too much time on setting up tent might drive you mad. Your advice is to take time and try to set the tent up before paying money, or you will regret!

Tent seasonality:

Last but not least. A three-season tent will be able to stand up to heavy rain and wind. This is the most popular choice for camping. Three-season tents are designed for conditions of spring, summer and fall. It can suffer downpours but not for harsh storms or snow. You can be safe from bugs when using this kind of tent.

A four-season tent can be used in any weather conditions. It can withstand substantial snow loads or fierce winds. This tent is equipped with more pole and better fabric.

Basing on the weather condition of the camping site, you can choose the most suitable tent for yourselves. In most case, campers or backpackers often take 3 season tent. No matter what tent you choose, the most important things to consider is a protective feature. You need a good backpacking tent for a good sleeping place, but you also need a safe shelter when some unpredictable things could happen such as heavy downpours, harsh storms, snow loads, etc.

Brand

Choosing a famous and reliable brand to spend your money may be a smart choice in many cases. There are a number of well-known brands for your consideration, such as Coleman, Wenzel, Eureka, Mountain Trails. People said that you should choose a tent from favorite brand or company.

Design

The design of tent is really important, especially when you travel to a camping site with extreme weather conditions. Each type of tent design is suitable for the specific climate. My friend chose wrong backpacking tent for her trip last month. She went camping in a mountainous area with strong winds, then A-frame tent is her choice. It was not a smart choice because A-frame tent was not a suggestion for this kind of weather. That tent was light, easy to carry (because she was a girl) but did not stand up with high wind conditions. She had to end her trip sooner than her plan.

 



 

SOME ESSENTIAL TIPS WHEN BUYING/USING A BACKPACKING TENT

This is an example when you order with free shipping on Amazon

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Accessories for backpacking tents

Must-have accessories

  • Footprint
  • Emergency repair kit (tool kit)

Should-have accessories

  • Air bed/Sleeping bed
  • Lantern

Real experience in using backpacking tents

Go hiking

When you plan to go hiking, you should choose light things to carry. It is a long journey and you need to be healthy. A backpacking tent which is lightweight and easy to bring with will enable you to save more energy. However, you are advised to pay attention to the weather condition of camping place. In fact, a number of people choose the wrong tent because they do not understand the climates.

An Amazon customer complains that he had a bad trip because of his backpacking tent. As told by the seller, that tent was perfect for hiking because of its light weight. However, he went to a place with the windy condition, and the top cover of the tent moved around so much that it could not cover at all. He was freezing for about 6 hours. That was an unforgettable trip for him.

Wilderness

Travelling to a wilderness needs careful preparation so that you will have a safe and happy trip. You should search for weather conditions, and prepare for extreme weather or emergencies. It is recommended to choose a dome tent due to its light weight and easy setup. It is better to take a tent including both stakes and sidewall ropes in order to increase stability.

 

 



 

FAQ:

What is a free-standing tent?

A free standing tent can stand alone on the surface or ground without the assistance of pegs. This kind of tent can establish the structure of its own and you only need the pegs to keep it from strong winds. In many cases, rocks can be put inside the tent to keep it down, or the tent rely on its own weight to stand firmly.

Is tent with high price is better than a cheap one?

It is not always true. Depending on your condition and purpose of using, you might choose a reasonable tent which suits your financial situation. The best tent is a tent which makes you satisfied and comfortable, not the most expensive one.

What is the major difference between a 4-season tent and 3-season tent?

All 4-season tents are designed for snow campers although they can be used during the rest of the seasons. Three-season tents are designed for conditions of spring, summer and fall. It can suffer downpours but not for harsh storms or snow.

 



 

References

I highly recommend that you should take a look at other sources of information to have better knowledge of backpacking tents and related issues in order to choose a good one for your trip.

 



 

Conclusion

A good backpacking tent not only gives a safe shelter but it also provides you a cozy place for sleeping and enjoying for an amazing trip. Whether you have experience in choosing backpacking tent or not, I hope that all useful information above will help you have a clear look at backpacking tent and have a better decision when opening your wallet! Summer is coming and it is time for relaxing, for far-away trips to discover new lands, discover your soul! Let’s choose a good backpacking tent, take your luggage and enjoy life in your own ways!

 

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LUXURY CAMPING TENTS ULTIMATE GUIDE

By Jeremy | ULTIMATE FAMILY TENT GUIDES

LUXURY CAMPING TENTS for 4, 6, 8, 10+ persons: Durable, Reliable, Large, Convenience, Easy to Use, Great View & Ventilation.


Will YoungExpert says: When planning to go somewhere to rest and relax, the most important thing to take is your camping tent. Especially if you’re planning a romantic vacation or wonderful family camping trip, the tent must be one of the luxury camping tents. I have some really good experience of this with my wife and the kids. I want you to feel the same! Just imagine your wonderful feelings if you grasp the chance of sleeping next to the seashore and clearly hearing the sound of waves and wind. Or going to dance or telling stories with your family and friends along with enjoying fire dancing nights out of energy!

But we have to go to the point! You are looking for a luxury camping tent, aren’t you? All you need is high quality, durability, reliability and especially convenience. And, the price is no longer a big matter, right? Don’t worry! In next 05 mins, I will help you with:

  • Essential guidance to choose a luxury camping tent.
  • Some “BEST OF HIS CLASS” camping tents: for 6, 8 or 10+ person with car/normal camping.
  • My practical experience to let you have a wonderful camping trip.
  • List of deluxe gears and furniture to assure your trip is “luxury”.

WHAT IT TAKES TO BE LUXURY CAMPING TENTS?

At first, there are obviously many factors which will take effects on your decision of choosing a tent but the foremost one properly is the purpose of usage. The demand of a backpacker for the tent type varies with a whole family in preparation for their camping trip. In the case that you are looking for luxury camping tents, the price is no longer a big matter. In this circumstance, most of the target customers can afford the very high price to exchange for the quality and the convenient interior of the tent.

SPACIOUS SIZE

Spacious and Fabulous Tent Interior

Nowadays, you can pick up a tent with various sizes based on the number of people joined in your camping trip. The standard sizes of tents comprise of 2-person, 4-person, 6 person, 8-person or 10-person tents. Of which the tent size for 2 persons is considered the most popular one with the advantages of the lightweight, low-cost, simple design and easy-to-use. For luxury camping tents, they should be spacious, be very spacious, even had enough room for tables, chairs, beds, even the toilet. Besides, the height of the tent needs to be carefully designed so you can walk comfortably inside.

FABULOUS INTERIOR

This is considered the critical feature to assess whether a camping tent can be classified as luxury or not. All luxury camping tents should own the beautiful interior with many doors and windows. Thus, you can sit comfortably inside and still enjoy the fresh air as well as the new romantic outside view. Such wonderful interior can be designed with different styles. Of which, the most common theme is the rustic-inspired decor as it embodies the typical log cabin. Your camping tent can look like the high-end hotel room with the soaking tub.

EXTREMELY GOOD MATERIALS

EXTREMELY GOOD tent MATERIALS

As a matter of fact, a super camping tent not only needs to be large and wonderful but also is made of sustainable materials. Because it has to complete the basic requirement of a tent which protects you from rain, storms, pests or any sudden circumstance from outside. Along with being used the high-quality materials, you should choose the tent with the solid structure.

BRANDS

Basically, each tent manufacturer will divide its products into different categories and there is always a top list for the luxury camping tents. As far as I know, the famous brands for selling tents, in general, can also be your choices in choosing the best luxury camping tents. If a brand is highly appreciated for its quality of hundreds of products, its top tents are properly offered at the best quality. For this reason, Kodiak is recommended for its ultimate quality as well as customer service.

However, someone who is searching for luxury camping tents may not choose that type of tents. Being focused more on the comfortable interior space to hang out with family and friends, they will prefer the ten for at least 6 people. You can find some useful information from the below details of 6-person, 8-person, and 10-persone tents.

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Apr 07

BEST CHEAP FAMILY TENTS FOR SALE

By Jeremy | ULTIMATE FAMILY TENT GUIDES

Will Young

With summer approaching and family vacations on the horizon, it is a good time to start looking into purchasing a new tent for all your future family camping trips.

However, you are interested in quality but do not want to spend an arm and a leg on a tent for the family.

Rather, you are looking for a cheap and affordable option that will still provide your family with more than adequate shelter and a good place to sleep on all your camping trips.

A lot of times when people hear the word “cheap” their mind immediately goes to low quality or inferior craftsmanship. This is not always the case. It is still possible to find affordably priced and large tents that are just as good as the others that have been hiked up in price.

In this article, we will introduce you to a few of the best affordable family tent options that you will be sure to love for your next camping trip.


Types of Family Tents

First, you should decide what type of tent you will need and to do this, you will need to think about the type of camping you will be doing.

Backpacking tents are lightweight tents, compact, and very portable options and are also the ideal choice if you are going to do some hiking and are traveling over long distances. This type of tent will usually only fit one to two people comfortably due to its size.

Canopy tents are more a structure than a tent, and they provide a shelter that can easily be collapsed into a more portable and compact size. However, they are not a fully enclosed option, and they tend to be open on more than one side. They can effectively protect you and your family from bad weather and they are great party tents.

Family tents are much larger options and can fit anywhere from four to ten plus people in the tent at a given time. It is the perfect option if you plan on taking the entire family out; pets and camping gear included.

The following will offer a bit more information on each of these tent types as well as a few viable suggestions for you to consider as you go through the buying process.

You can divide “Family tent” into: 4 people tent, 6 people tent, 8 people tent and 10+ people tent. Because of the different number of family members or group members, you can select the suitable tent with enough interior space, separate rooms and reasonable price for your own trip. For example:

Purpose: Camping tent for a group of 4 persons (adults, kids, pets) or more.

Suggestion: Coleman 8-Person Red Canyon Tent – Blue

cheap camping tentsI LOVE IT MOST! It’s always the best cheap camping tent ever (IMO). This tent is spacious enough for 4 or 5 campers. It measures 17 by 10 feet with a 72-inch center height, you can divide into three separate rooms. With only over 100$, you will have a great tent with Cool-Air port and Variflo adjustable venting system. In addition, you will only take 7-15 minutes to set up.

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CHEAP HIKING TENTS – BACKPACKING TENTS



A backpacking tent is a compact, lightweight shelter to help campers go hiking easily. There are some criteria you should pay attention to when choosing a backpacking tent. A lightweight and easy-to-setup tent is the top priority. You should buy a tent with suitable capacity, 2- or 4-people tent is recommended. In addition, a 3-season shelter with reasonable price will be better for you. Do not spend too much money on an expensive backpacking tent if you do not have much experience.

Purposes: Go hiking, mountain climbing, exploring, scouting…

Suggestion: Wenzel Ridgeline 3 Person Tent – Light Greybest cheap tent

The Wenzel Ridgeline tent measures 7’x7’x50” feet and weighs 7 pounds, 4 ounces. This is a 3-dome tent ideal for hikers and cyclists. It has weather-resistant polyester fabric which keeps you safe from wet weather. With shock-corded fiberglass frame as well as two windows and roof vents for ventilation, you will find it easy to set up and comfortable to stay in. If you still hesitate, this tent’s rate at 4.3 out of 5 stars and over 130 reviews from Amazon customers will make you satisfied.

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CHEAP CAMPING TENTS PURPOSES

Tents can be used for camping, outdoor gatherings, tailgating, and so much more. Depending on the activity you are participating in, you may find that you need a certain kind of tent or shelter.

Backpacking Tents

Backpacking tents are great for those longer trips in which you also plan on doing a bit of hiking and exploring. It is a lightweight shelter option that can be easily set up and taken down. They are also very affordable depending on the size of the backpacking tent you choose.

The cheaper backpacking tent options are suitable for a variety of activities including hiking, mountain climbing, exploring, and scouting; but a more affordable option may only fit yourself and your gear, so each member of the family may have to carry their own.

Backpacking tents usually have the following features, making them a desirable option for outdoor adventure:

  • Lightweight
  • Compact
  • Water resistant
  • Weather-resistant
  • Shock-corded fiberglass frame
  • Windows for ventilation

Cheap Canopy Tents for Sale


If you are not so much planning on camping but are going to be hosting a large family gathering, then a canopy tent offers a convenient and shady locale for your outdoor celebrations.

Canopy tents are often used for weddings, backyard barbecues, and even on camping trips and offer a nice and shady place to eat and hang out with family out of the sun and other elements.

The following are a few benefits of canopy tents:

  • Offers shade and protection
  • Comes in a variety of colors and designs
  • Perfect for outdoor social events
  • Ample room for the entire family
  • Can withstand frequent use

Recommendation: Trademark Innovations Square Replacement Canopy Gazebo Top for 10′ Slant Leg Canopy, 8 by 8′, White

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This Trademark Innovations Square Replacement Canopy Gazebo Top for 10′ Slant Leg Canopy measures 8’x8’ square and is made of 210D oxford coated waterproof material. This canopy replacement top fits Trademark Innovations 10′ canopy frames with slant support legs. With around $30, you can save money by purchasing a replacement top rather than a whole new canopy tent.

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Cheap Car Camping Tents – Rooftop Tents

Purpose: For a 2-people trip with minivan

Recommendation: NAPIER Backroadz Full Size Crew Truck Tent, 5-Feet 5-Inch, Green/Beige/Grey

camping tents cheapIf you are seeking a convenient tent for put on your minivan, this tent is for you. The Backroadz Truck Tent can be assembled in the back of your open-bed pickup, creating a comfortable, restful sleeping area for two people. It is quite an easy-to-setup with 4 shock-corded fiberglass poles. This tent provides the large interior with over 5.5′ of headroom and full rain fly to protect you against the wettest weather, you can sleep comfortably above the ground after a long journey.

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Tent Seasonality

Choosing a good tent which can be used for such a long time and is worth your money is not easy. The Wind, rain, sun, snow can have a bad impact on your tent. Before purchasing a tent, you need to understand the different type of tents and their capacity.

Cheap 3 Season Tents:

A three-season tent will be able to stand up to heavy rain and wind. This is the most popular choice for camping. Three-season tents are designed for conditions of spring, summer and fall. It can suffer downpours but not for harsh storms or snow. You can be safe from bugs when using this kind of tent.

Suggestion: Coleman Instant Tent (available models for 46810 persons)tent for sale cheap

This Coleman 8-Person Instant Tent measures 14 x 10 ft. with the 50D material. It has large screened windows and doors which provide a great view while still keep the bugs out. You can feel comfortable and safe when using this tent due to its exclusive WeatherTec system with thick waterproof walls and welded floor. 4.4 out of 5 stars and over 1300 reviews is such an amazing figure.

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Cheap 4 Season Tents:

A four-season tent can be used in any weather conditions. It can withstand substantial snow loads or fierce winds of the winter. This tent is equipped with more poles and better fabric.

RecommendationColeman Evanston Screened Tent (4 – 6 – 8 person models)camping tents for sale cheapSome other suggestions for you are:

 

Cheap Instant Tent – EZ Up Tents

EZ Up or Pop Up Tents are a great option if you don’t want the hassle and headache of having to figure out how to put up a more complicated tent that is in many pieces. Pop up tents offer quick setup and takedown, so you can be well on your way to enjoying your trip, rather than facing the frustration of wrestling with the tent and figuring out where the various tent poles belong.

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Cheap Screened Tent

Screened tents are ideal for those outdoor adventures and ensure you can keep your view of nature but have the added mesh protection from the creepy crawlers that may be lingering outside.

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Cheap Beach Tents / Shelters

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Beach tents and shelters offer much-needed shade while at the beach and are great if you are planning on some beach camping or glamping. They are made to withstand the sun’s harmful rays, less than ideal weather conditions, and can stand up to a strong ocean breeze and high winds.

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TENT BRANDS

Choosing a famous and reliable brand to spend your money may be a smart choice in many cases. There are a number of well-known brands for your consideration, such as Coleman, Big Agnes, Wenzel, Ozark Trail, Mountain Trails. Coleman, let’s say, they cover around 70 – 80% of the US outdoor market, especially camping tents. For many people, taking a good camping tent from favorite brand or company will make them more confident.

Coleman Tents

Coleman is a quite famous brand with camping tents and other relating products. As it said, “Coleman tents were built for the outdoors. A tent from Coleman provides the durable construction, protective features and solid architecture that you depend on for safe, enjoyable accommodations for your camping tent. Let the superior reputation of Coleman tents ensure that you have your best trips yet.” You will definitely satisfy with a large range of selection from Coleman.camping tents for cheap

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SHAPES OF TENTS

Depending on different shapes of the tents, you will have various types: Dome, Stand-up, Instant, Pop-up, Large tent.

Cheap Large / Big Tents:

In big events or activities, a large tent, usually more than 10 persons, is the best choice for you.

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Suggestion: Coleman WeatherMaster 10 Person Hinged Door Tent

This tent is very roomy. It’s absolutely the best of cheap big tents. It measures 17 x 9 ft. and fits 10 people or 3 queen airbeds. The center height is around 6 ft. 8 which enables you to stand and move easily. You can completely feel comfortable when staying in this tent due to its durable TC fabric construction and Waterproof WeatherTec system.

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Cheap Stand Up Tents (Standing Tents):

This type is not very popular. Most of the big tents today allow people to stand up inside. You can refer to the large tent section or take this huge tent as our suggestion:

Cheap Pop-up Tents:

Pop-up tents are the simplest form of shelter available. It is popular for the festival, camping trip or backyard camping with temporary shelter for any occasion. There are some different kinds of the pop-up tent for different purpose of using such as outdoor changing room at the beach, shade shelter for keeping away from the sunshine, …

Recommendation: Coleman Pop-Up Tentcheap 4 person tent

This Coleman Pop-Up Tent for 4 Person offers enough room to sleep for two adults. It is ideal for weekend get-aways and festivals with the package size is 34.8 x 1.8 x 34.8 inches and weight is 7.1 pounds.

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Cheap Dome Tents:

Dome Tents are an option that works for family camping as well and may even provide a bit more space and headroom, so you are more comfortable on your next camping trip. It can also go a long way in keeping you warmer on those cooler nights or dry during rainy weather conditions.

Suggestions: Coleman Sundome Tent (Green and Navy color options – Size: 2 – 3 – 4 – 6 persons)cheap beach tents

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Cheap Cabin Tents:

Cabin Tents often are the biggest option and include separate sleeping and eating quarters that are typically divided. You can have all the room you need to sleep comfortably, while also having a covered area to eat meals, hang out, or keep your gear, so it stays dry and safe. Room dividers are a great option to have for larger families.

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Tips for Purchasing High-Quality, Cheap Tents

Choosing a good tent that is reliable and high-quality at a cheap and affordable price point is not an easy task to undertake. It takes some serious consideration, time, and research to find what will work best for you and your family.

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The following are just a few tips to help you choose the best cheap tent option:

  • Consider the purpose of the trip
  • How many people will be traveling with you?
  • What is your budget?
  • What kind of features do you want the tent to have?

When you choose to buy a tent in the store, rather than online, you are awarded the advantageous opportunity of being able to test the tent, see how large it really is, and have a little more hands-on experience with it prior to purchasing it. You will also be able to see just how difficult or time-consuming the setup process can be.

When you purchase a tent online, on the other hand, you can find many websites that offer more than competitive pricing, so if it is a cheap tent option you are looking for, you may have more luck when shopping around at different sites online. You will even have access to several reviews of each tent option so that you can have a better idea of other user’s personal experiences with the tents.

You can also find specially discounted, clearance, or marked down options so you really can find a cheap family tent at a more than reasonable price. Start your search on Google by typing in keywords such as “best cheap tent,” “cheap camping tents,” “cheap tent for camping,” and “cheap tents for sale.”

  • Remember only to visit authorized websites like the one you are currently on, Backpacker, and Adventure Parents
  • Access the manufacturers site directly
  • Access large, well-known, and reputable e-commerce sites

Amazon is always a great place to start your search for the best cheap family tent because you will be able to find a cheaper price, read reviews, and see how high the tent is ranked and rated.

One of the top online websites is Amazon.com – a reliable online place for purchasing and making best decisions (by considering all Amazon customers’ reviews and rating points).

How to Search on Amazon

Using Amazon to search for a cheap tent is easy. Simply type in what it is you are looking for and wait for the results to appear. There is even an option to refine the search, so you can narrow down the results to something a bit more manageable and more focused on what you are looking to purchase.

Some popular criteria to look for include average customer reviews (look for products with four+ stars), price, and condition (new or used). When looking through reviews, make sure you look at all of them; good and bad. You can also look for the answers to any questions you may still have regarding the products you are interested in.

This website that you are reading this information on is another reliable source because we are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program that has been designed to provide a means for the sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

With Amazon, you can find the biggest name brands, some of the best prices, and a large selection, so you are sure to walk away with the satisfaction of knowing you have purchased the best cheap family tent for the money and you are ready to begin planning your next trip.