Here are the different factors you should consider in finding the right tent for you:
Easy set up
As a beginner you should look for a tent that is easy to set up, all these tents reviewed here really easy to set up and require minimum effort to get started. If you’re camping with kids this is a very important feature you should look for!
The last thing you want is a complicated set up that will take you hours, especially if you arrive at the campsite when it’s going dark. Always check the setup time, as some take an hour or so and include complicated instructions.
If you’re camping on a campsite then you’re going to need a durable and robust tent that will withstand weather and rough terrain. Getting a camping tent like this might mean its not as lightweight as if you were backpacking.
This all depends what you’re doing, if you’re going to a campsite then it’s not really that important to have a lightweight tent, however if your hiking or backpacking then you’ll want something that’s easy to carry and wont weigh you down.
Heavy tents are no fun to carry around, especially if you’re doing a fairly long hike, you’ll end up with a sore back and it will more than likely make your first camping trip an unpleasant experience.
Try and ensure your tent is as lightweight as possible if you’re backpacking, without comprising on the build quality. You’ll have a much better camping experience as a newbie if your tent is not weighing you down (if you have to hike to your campsite).
Not only should your tent be lightweight but also make it’s portable too, and its packed size can easily fit within your backpack or carry bag. Something bulky and heavy is not what you want. You want to get a lightweight tent that’s portable and easy to setup. This is the foundation for any successful camping trip.
If your tent is not waterproof, then this will well and truly ruling your first camping experience. This happened to us once in Wales UK, we decided to go camping and bought a last-minute cheap deal on some tent I’d never heard of.
Well, that was a mistake we never made again, there was a downpour of rain overnight and the tent leaked and flooded the floors. It was so bad, that we put the tent in the trash and just went home.
So, the moral of the story is don’t buy cheap, and make sure you check that your tent is waterproof. If you don’t think could ruin your whole trip. It took us a long time before we decided to give camping another go.
However, once you find the right tent, you won’t have anything to worry about.
Comfort is another factor that’s very important for someone new to camping. You want your experience to be comfortable as a beginner, therefore you need to ensure your tent is spacious with enough living area for you to sleep and move around. Also, enough headspace to sit up or stand up depending on what type of tent you’re looking at.
While we’re talking about space you should also check that your tent has various storage areas where you can put all your gear, such as your backpack and hiking shoes, this will give you more interior space. You can acquire additional storage by looking for tents that have a screened porch area, inside pockets, a gear loft or if it has a large vestibule area.
Value for money
We all want value for money, but be careful choosing a tent that is cheap as you might end up in the same boat we did in Wales. Personally, it’s always worth spending that little bit more and getting a good quality tent that will last you. This will save you paying out for cheap replacements every year. Buy once and never look back.
As a newbie camper, you want your first experience to be a good one, and that all starts with your tent, so make sure you purchase one that will last you.