Updated: Jan 19, 2019
Choosing the right tent for the occasion is an important aspect for a great backpacking or camping experience. There are many different variables that come into play. But don't worry, this is part of the fun!
If you are going backpacking, here are some things to consider.
Are you hiking solo? If so, a one person lightweight tent would be preferable. Are you hiking solo in winter or cold climates? A four season tent would keep you better.
Are you hiking with a partner or group? A two person tent would be great and you could split up the packing contents. One pack the poles and stakes, while the other packs the tent. If your not backpacking in winter, you should opt for at least a three season tent.
If you are camping at a campground here are some things to consider too.
How big of a tent do you need? Is it just you and another, or is there a group of campers with you? Make sure to check the forecast. If rain is coming, make sure your tent has a rainfly. Is it real hot at night? Leave the rainfly off and enjoy a cool breeze.
Last minute pointers
Don't forget to use the guide ropes. You never know when a hard wind will come through and pay your tent a visit. Don't forget to use the tent stakes either!
Tents come in all shapes and sizes. Dome style tents are great for shedding any rainfall you might encounter, and they are typically easier to assemble. Cabin style tents give you more space than a dome, and do good for a base camp. They can be expensive, but they are critical for camping and backpacking and can make or break your experience.