Can you imagine inviting your in laws for a week at the beach… and everyone sleeping in tents? My wife and I actually did that and survived. We had a large two-room tent that went up quickly with enough sleeping bags for all. “Mother” wasn’t very happy, yet the weekend went surprisingly well until they parked their new Cadillac under a large pine tree that was an overnight roost for shore birds. In the morning, the new Caddy was bomb-blasted, requiring a quick and urgent washing.
Tents Make Economic Sense
Camping in resort areas has great economic appeal. We tented on Chincoteague Island where two motel rooms for a single night would have more than paid for all of our camping gear. Especially for families, camping allows outdoor adventures that would be otherwise unaffordable. Additionally, the cost of camping gear has decreased over the year just as technology and high-tech fabrics have improved the breathability and rain resistance of fabrics.
Special Purpose Designs
Today’s tents aren’t just for sleeping. For example, Cabela’s West Wind sleeps four with a vestibule that stores gear in a waterproof compartment outside of the sleeping area. If you have a pet that loves to slash in the mud or a fishing partner who must store muddy waders, this compartment is idea. The size of the shelter you select will depend on the number of people who will occupy it as well as the distance the tent must be packed. When camping in a group, it may be wise to designate one member to pack a larger tent than each person carrying their own.
This post from the GearJunkie website helps you choose among the best tents, beginning with a cool graphic:
With camping season upon us, we took a snapshot of the current tent market to help you choose the best tent for your outdoor pursuits. Pick a tent that’s right for you. Learn more about types, materials, storage and care below.