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girl camping in tent The key to a fun camping experience is buying the right tent!  Before making your purchase, it is important to consider where you will be camping, the climate, and how many people will be sharing your tent.

Tents come in all kinds of models, from the budget-conscious to the truly extravagant.  The first thing you must do is make sure every tent you consider has the basic features.  After that has been determined, you can narrow your choices by deciding what you can and can't live without.

Every tent should have collapsible, color-coded tent poles and be freestanding so that it can be set up easily in areas where it is difficult to get a stake into the ground.  The fabric of the tent should be nylon or polyester so that it is durable and lightweight, and the floors should be one piece for improved water resistance.  Steep walls will increase interior space, shed rain, and vent out humidity, while inside storage pockets and gear loops will make it easier to keep everything organized.  Strong nylon webbing stake loops at each pole end on the tent body are important, and tents of yellow, beige, and white will let the most light in.

dome tent The tent should also have a waterproof rain fly that clips to poles, as well as mesh windows and doors with zippered closures.

Tents are available in summer, three-season, all-season, and mountaineering models.  Summer tents are perfect for those camping only in hot climates, while three-season tents will suffice in everything from hot weather to light snow.  All-season tents work well in all seasons but are not designed for mountaineering, while mountaineering tents are suitable for the harshest of conditions.

When choosing the size of your tent, keep in mind that manufacturers' recommendations often assume that the tent's residents are not only small, but are willing to sleep in close quarters.  Before buying a two-person tent for two people, make sure the amount of space it provides will afford you a good night's sleep.

This article provides some additional tips about choosing a tent for camping.

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