Even The Brady Bunch Can Camp Out With The Right Tent

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Whether you have the average 2.5 kids, or a tribe as big as the Brady Bunch, there is a tent that will meet your families’ needs. In fact, these days there are so many tents on the market that you can go from the simple one-person variety to the much larger Taj Mahal’s that quite literally accommodate double-figure families.

If you are looking to buy a family tent, there are a number of things you should consider. Firstly, you will need to decide on the capacity of your tent. For instance, even though there may only be four members in your family, your kids might want to invite friends on holidays. Grandma and Grandpa might also want to join you. Making sure you have enough room allows you to handle any eventualities and any extras that might tag along!

If you are planning to hike with your family, you will need to find a tent that is lightweight enough to carry. On the other hand, if you intend to go camping at a site that is accessible by car, you are able to take a much larger, heavier style of tent.

As with all camping equipment, your tent should be built to withstand extreme weather conditions, not least of all rain and strong winds. Be sure to inspect the design, fabric, quality of the poles and fasteners, since all these features play an important part in withstanding rain and severe winds. Indeed when it comes to fabric, be sure to choose a material that is strong and durable, and insist upon seams that double sewn are ‘taped’ to prevent leaks in rainy weather. As far as fabric goes, your choices typically include cotton, polyethylene, nylon and rip-stop nylon. Whichever fabric you opt for, make sure it is breathable, waterproof, fire-resistant and UV protected.

The quality of the floor is also an often overlooked matter, so ensure your tent’s floor is made of waterproof polyurethane coated fabric that will withstand natural delamination.

Last but not least, make sure your tent is easy to erect. No matter how impressive or well-decked out your tent may be, it needs to be simple and quick to pitch, otherwise you will waste your precious holiday time surrounded by poles, pins and fabric.

Whether you go on to select awnings, vestibules or additional features, make sure you get the basics listed above! After all, your family will thank you for getting ideal tent.

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