A Beginner's Guide to Camping Tents

Depending on the size of your group and their requirements, you must select what suits your needs best. With the drastic rise in the number of travel bloggers, travel equipment has also changed. Camping gear are now coming with modifications to take your camping to another level. For those not familiar, we've published a list of camping tents to understand and choose from. All these tents have their own perks and disadvantages. Read on find out what suits you best:


Ridge Tents

This A-style shape features two poles at both ends and across pole that holds it up. Simple and easy to pitch, it's an ideal option for beginners. But there are also certain drawbacks - since the fabric slopes spread out, there is not much headspace. You can opt for bigger sizes but you will still face the space problem due to its design. This one is best if you are looking mostly for shade to doze off in.


Dome Tents

Especially popular lately, the head of the tent features two-three tubular frames passing through the center that gives it enough of ground and headspace to move about easily. Also easy to pitch, these are usually made in freestanding styles so can be moved around easily. Some options are also available in inflatable styles so all you need to do is peg the corners, then the built-in compressor sets the tent itself. The design is also sturdy against strong winds as the frame runs beneath the fabric, as opposed to the ridge tents which usually have the frame outside.



The most traditional style is built like a bell, with tubes spreading out towards the ground. Although obsolete these days due to the availability of better options, these were quite popular back in the day and were usually seen in scout campsites. Tepees were ideal camping gear earlier as these could stand the most terrible weather conditions remarkably.

Geodesic Tents

An excellent option for rougher conditions, geodesic tents have frames where tubes intersect each other to form numerous triangles. The supporting framework is the reason that makes it a sturdy choice for expeditions to extreme areas like mountain ranges on high altitudes. Needless to mention, the design also makes up for the space inside the tent. Bigger sizes are also available to accommodate two.


Folding Campers

Traveling in an RV is a dream for many but it also comes with its own drawbacks. For such travelers, folding campers can be a feasible option as these are to be attached to the vehicle with no need of pegging. These are available in many sizes and can provide enough room for a family or group to hang out together.


Trailer Tents

Somewhat similar to folding campers as these are also made to attach with a vehicle, however, these need to be pegged for support. These are extremely beneficial when you just want to take a good feel of the weather from outside the vehicle. The awning-like design provides shade against sunlight and downpour.


Tunnel Tents

Especially made for large groups and families, they have tubular framework set in series like a tunnel, which provides abundant headroom inside. The sturdy frame provides good stability in bad weather, however, heavy rain may become a problem as the water may accumulate on the top. Another setback of this tent is its weight. Due to the extensive framework, this style is fairly heavy to carry, and only good to take along if you are traveling in a vehicle.


Multi-room Tents

Another ideal choice for large groups, this style features pod-style rooms for some extra space and privacy. But they also these come with some problems that you might want to consider before buying. The extensive framework means you need a good spacious spot to pitch as these take large footprints. Furthermore, the framework also adds to its weight only making it possible to travel with it in a vehicle.

Things to Remember:

While traveling, it's a very good idea to carry along as little luggage as possible. You don't want to lag and fall behind on schedule or tire yourself out due to lugging around extra weight. So choose a camp that easy to pitch, has enough space and weighs less.

Always pay attention to the tent's material. There are many options available in the market to accommodate your needs. Cotton, lycra, PVC and polyester are some of the most popular options. And in the case of cotton, make sure to weather your tent before your camping trip.

Go for tents with enough ventilation holes to prevent condensation and keep it from getting too stuffy.

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