A camping trip with family and friends is worth a thousand memories. Nothing can beat the fun and sense of security when you are with your people. The day goes hiking but the night needs proper rest. Here comes the tricky part.
Usually, hikers opt for small tents meant for individual use. While this seems perfectly fine in safe areas, it does have its share of demerits when you travel in a group. You cannot have late night gossips inside the coziness of a tent. If the place is notorious for wild animals, it is unsafe for the group members to sleep separately.
The best solution, in this case, is to opt for a 4 person tent. This tent should accommodate all your camping mates.
You cannot go to a store and buy any large size tent. You need to pay attention to these aspects to get the best:
1. Size: When you are going for a group camping, always opt for a tent that is at least 7ft tall, 7ft high and 7ft wide. This will leave ample space for tall people to move. In a smaller tent, the movement gets restricted.
2. Strength: Choosing a family tent, look for the tent material that can withstand extreme weather conditions. It should be water-resistant, strong enough to endure wind and snowfall.
3. Tent material: Always go for nylon or polyester tent. Nylon tent absorbs water but it is strong. A polyester tent is an excellent option as it is water repellent and strong as well. You can use polyethylene for the tent floor.
4. Weight: Your tent should not be heavy to carry. The weight should be under 10kg. It should be easy to carry. If the tent comes with a carry bag, go for it.
5. Thermal insulation: Your tent should provide protection from cold and extreme heat. It should be good at keeping the interior comfortable. Also, you should ensure that the insulation is uniform throughout the tent.
6. Set-up time: Your tent should take less than a minute to set up. It is tiring to set up an elaborate tent after a whole day of trekking. Having an easy to set up tent will save you some quality family time.
7. Ventilation: You will be spending the whole night in your tent. Ensure that the tent has proper ventilation. Look for the tents with meshed windows. It will allow air passage while preventing bugs to enter inside.
8. All-weather gear: Your tent is not only for spending the night. It doubles up as your protective gear in adverse weather conditions. Ensure that it has a rain fly trap and is flexible enough to withstand strong winds. The supporting rods and stitches should be strong as well.
9. Cost: While we have discussed all the safety-related aspects, cost factor too is important. The tent should not be exorbitant to adversely affect your budget. Always go for the pocket-friendly options that come with the above features.