Here are the different factors you should consider in finding the right tent for you:
When hiking the Appalachian Trail some solo hikers tend to use two-person tents to give them a little bit more room. As the trail is so long you’re going to need more living room, not only for your backpack and hiking gear but for your own comfort.
If you’re doing the trail as a family or group then I would recommend getting a tent a couple of sizes bigger, again this will give you more living room, storage, and overall comfort.
So, be sure to check your tent’s overall square footage and look for internal storage compartments and pockets to keep things out the way.
Weather conditions can change very quickly, and the Appalachian is no exception, it’s best to be prepared for the worst. Heavy rain can also affect the terrain you pitch your tent on.
Therefore you’ll need a weatherproof tent with a thick durable base. Make sure your tent is wind and rainproof. It might be worth getting an additional tarp shelter for added protection.
Ensure your tent is made from the highest-quality materials such as rip-stop and strong durable poles. Getting a quality tent will prevent leaks and rips but also protect you if the weather gets worse.
Set up and dismantle
After a long day trekking, you’re going to be very tired, therefore you don’t want to have a tent that is complicated to setup. You want your tent to be up within 30-minutes maximum.
I’d recommend testing setting up your tent a few times in your garden before you take the trail. This will result in quicker pitching up times on the Appalachian Trail and will avoid any hidden or nasty surprises.
Hiking for so long can take it out of you, so you’re going to want as much room in your tent as possible to stretch out and relax. Therefore finding a tent with good internal storage compartments and pockets is very important. Not only that these storage areas need to be safe and also protected from the rain. The last thing you want is your valuables getting damaged.
Weight and portability
The Appalachian Trail in full is roughly 2,000 miles from start to finish, so carrying a heavy tent around with you is not ideal nor recommended. You must find a lightweight tent to complete this trail. Not only does it need to be lightweight, but it must also be durable and weatherproof.
Getting a high-quality lightweight tent will ensure your tents last you the whole trail no matter what conditions are thrown at you. All these tents we have reviewed are not only lightweight but they’re all built to last and withstand harsh weather conditions.
After hiking most of the day you’re going to want to kick back and relax and there’s no better way to do this than exposing the tent to reveal its breathable mesh walls and roof. This will allow a nice gentle breeze to pass through your tent and cool you down.
Not only that, if you’ve pitched up somewhere with amazing views you can also have panoramic views of your surroundings from the comfort of your tent. Oh, by the way, the panoramic mesh is great for star gazing at night too!
Not many people complete the whole trail with their trusted furry companion, so if you’re planning on doing some of the trails with your dog then make sure your tent floor is thick and durable enough to withstand paws or if your dog likes digging!
Value for money
Most importantly, the trail is long, tough and you’ll be against all different types of terrains and weather conditions. Therefore, you’re going to need a very strong, durable tent that is weatherproof.
Please don’t buy any old tent that’s on offer or go for the cheapest. Chances are you’ll be getting an inferior quality tent and it won’t last a few days on the Appalachian Trail. Get a tent that’s trusted, well made and durable, any of these tents reviewed will be more than capable of completing the Appalachian Trail.