Whether you’re planning for your next adventure, camping for the first time or just looking for an upgrade, choosing the right tent can be tough. Even some of our most experienced campers come to us trying to work out whether they’re better off opting for space or convenience, or whether appearance or practicality should take precedence… The truth is, there’s no one-size-fits-all, so to help you choose the right tent for your next trip we’ve put together a tent-checklist.
Who are you sharing with?
If you’re bunking alone, or with friends and family, you need to consider the space each person will need inside the tent – along with their belongings. Nobody likes to be put in the corner! Having enough space is a luxury you shouldn’t skimp on. Our recommendation is to always plan with an additional person in mind to create that little-added space. No matter if you have a family of five or pitching a tent solo, price shouldn’t draw you back from the right choice. You’ll kick yourself if the one you choose dampens your experience.
Where are you camping?
Every location comes with unique weather conditions. Whether you’re heading to the beach, hinterland, outback or snow, the type of tent you choose will either increase or decrease your comfort. A lot of campers make the mistake of thinking their tent is more versatile to the conditions than it actually is. For warmer locations, you’d want to guarantee some breeze coming in and out of your tent. We recommend a lightweight tent with a mesh window system in this case. If you’re venturing to the snow, a tent that features a fully sealed inner with breathable polyester to trap warmth... Research is your friend here. Get up to speed with your destination and that should point you in the right direction of the right style of tent.
How are you travelling to your camping location and for how long?
Don’t make things hard for yourself. Portability is one of the most important considerations ahead of your camping trip. If you’re planning on travelling on foot or bike to your destination, a lightweight tent with minimal design will limit the level of bulkiness. But if you’re braving tracks by 4WD or your site is easily accessible, you’ll have a bit more flexibility with the style of tent you can bring along.
What else to consider?
Give yourself the best chance at making the right choice with plenty of research, prep and speaking to experts about anything you’re unsure of. There’s nothing wrong with seeking help, in fact, we encourage it! Before purchasing your tent, think about the ‘who’s, where’s and how’s’. This should help narrow down what’s in it for you. Once you’ve got yours picked out, we recommend having a go setting it up in your backyard. This will help prepare you for the assembly and disassembly, as well as confirming your choice and giving you peace of mind.
Our quick pitch list
No matter where you go, there’ll always be the right tent for the occasion. We’ve put together our top list of tents to pitch, for every location and adventure.
Hiking – Nomad 2
4WD adventure – Tourer 9 Canvas Tent
Family camping – Fast Frame Tourer 450
Couples retreat – Skygazer 4XV
Solo adventure –Hiker 2Winter camping – Sportiva 8 Dome Tent