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A family camping trip gives you the opportunity to spend quality time with your beloved ones. However, the family tent you buy can determine the success of your camping holiday. Whether you’ve been a passionate backpacker before the kids or this is your first time camping, choosing the right sleeping arrangement for your family is crucial.
The best family camping tents must be spacious enough to accommodate camping cots and air mattresses, among a bunch of other features. To avoid a disappointing shopping experience – and equally disappointing camping trip – check out the tips below to find the best family tent for you.
The first thing to consider before buying is whether the family camping tent you like is big enough to accommodate your group. Most brands advertise their tents as suitable for X number of people. For instance, you will find a variety of 3 person tents, 4 person tents, and so on.
It is easy to assume a 4 person tent is big enough for a family of four, but in reality, a tent this size is often suitable for two people camping with a lot of items or two adults and a small child.
Because there is no industry standard to define the per-person tent dimensions, brands calculate a tent’s capacity considering how many adults in sleeping pods it fits. Thus, a 4 person tent is often only big enough to accommodate one queen-size air mattress and little additional gear.
Instead of considering the sleeping capacity, you should ask yourself questions like: “how big a tent do I need for a family of 4?” In broad lines, a 6 person tent is big enough to accommodate a family of four plus additional items and camping gear.
As a rule of thumb, consider upsizing your tent capacity by 2 persons if you are camping with small children and/or big dogs.
The seasonality defines how suitable it is to use your tent in various climates and seasons. Family tents can be:
Family tents are typically larger and taller than other camping tents; this is why you must pay attention to the following feature when determining the tent’s weather resistance:
Family tents can fall into one of the following categories:
This number is a way of measuring how waterproof a fabric is.
The higher the hydrostatic head, the higher its water resistance.
However, a high HH usually means lower breathability and greater condensation problems.
Typically, a HH between 1,500mm and 2,500mm is enough to deal with most summer camping situations.
For colder season camping, go for a tent with a hydrostatic head of at least 3,000.
We don’t stock any tents under the 1,500 minimum threshold as we don’t want you to get wet.
Being able to stand up and move around the tent could be essential when camping with small children (for instance, you might want to stand to change the nappies or dress your baby inside the tent). Some of the best family tents have a peak height of 2 metres.
Big tents with multiple doors are perfect for large families, making it easier to get in and out of the tent, especially for a midnight wee when others are sleeping. Ideally, the tent should have a central door and at least one side door.
Covered porches or awnings create the perfect place for a camping table or to keep muddy boots.
The best family tents should have multiple storage pockets on the walls and maybe a gear loft.
Makes it easy to plug in your electronics and appliances when using a campground’s outlet or a petrol power generator.
Our goal is to help you build the memories of a lifetime, that’s why we selected a range of family tents from the most popular brands.
Browse our selection or check out the other categories to find the best tent for you.
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Would we use it.
If the answer is yes it has the possibility to make it on site.
If the answer is no, the conversation ends with the supplier.
We simply want to stand behind our promise that every item we sell we would use.