Camping Tent

How to pick the best camping tent

Trying to pick out the best camping tent for your first trip can seem overwhelming at first. It can be easy to overcomplicate the issue but in reality, most tents work virtually the same. Here is a quick list of some really great tents and what each type has to offer.

Pre-camp setup
Before every trip, it is a good idea to set up your tent beforehand, especially if it is a new tent that you may be unfamiliar with. This will allow you to inspect for any tears, stuck zippers, or missing parts. The last thing you want is to find out that you are missing a tent pole or stakes while trying to set up in a rainstorm or at night.


Two Person Dome Tents

Dome tents are by far the most common tents. They a relatively simple to set up and are lightweight. Depending on your needs taking a few of these might be a better option that one giant tent.

Moon Lence - Compact Camping Tent 2 Person

  • Enough space for 2 adults: 33 Sq. Feet
  • Lightweight: only 5.2 lbs
  • Easy to Setup: One person can set up in less than 10 min

Bessport - 2 Person Lightweight Backpacking Tent

  • Roomy 2-person Tent: 86.6 x 55.1  x 47.2 inches
  • Lightweight: only 5.2 lbs
  • Excellent Ventilation System

Air out your tent
After packing up your tent. especially in humid environments. moisture can get stay trapped inside. It is always a good idea to set up your tent once again after a trip with the rainfly off to allow your tent to dry completely. This will prevent mold from growing and having a nasty surprise before your next trip.


Instant or pop-up camping tents

If setting up a tent is your least favorite part of camping then these easy setup tents might be a perfect choice. These will be a little heavier than a normal dome tent so while not ideal for backpack camping they are great for car camping. You might want to consider one of these if you are camping with your family and children.

Coleman Cabin Tent with 60 Second Setup

  • Instant tent sets up in just 1 minute
  • Spacious interior has room for 1 queen airbed
  • Integrated vented rainfly improves airflow

Gazelle T4 - Pop-Up Portable Camping Hub Overlanding Tent

  • 90-second set-up time
  • 78 in tall and featuring 61 sq. feet of floor space
  • Removable Floor: Makes this tent easy to clean

How big really?
A tent that is rated for 4 people will technically fit 4 people but you may end up bumping into each other at night. A good rule of thumb is to always pack a tent that is rated to accommodate one or two more people. The extra space will make sure that you are not packed in like sardines and also give you extra space for any extra gear.


Canvas or ‘Spring Bar’ Camping Tent

If you want the absolute best camping tent that will stand up to all the elements, then a canvas tent is for you. A lot of seasoned campers consider these to be the best of the best. If you don’t mind spending extra or don’t have any space or weight restrictions a canvas tent will stand the test of time. These are great for long term camping and

Kodiak Canvas Flex-Bow Deluxe 8-Person Tent

  • 100% Cotton Duck Canvas. Durable, watertight and breathable
  • Spacious 6’6″ ceiling height provides walk-around comfort
  • Exceptionally sturdy


Don’t forger a Ground Cloth or Tarp

A ground cloth or tarp adds an extra layer of protection between your camping tent and the ground. You should always lay one down before you set up your tent, this will not only protect your tent floor from being punctured from any sticks or stones but also keep the bottom of your tent clean from mud. A tarp can also be hung above a tent to add extra shade or protect from heavy rains.

Camping Tarp

  • Multi-purpose outdoor tarp—great for covering items or placement under a camping tent
  • Waterproof design
  • Rugged rust-resistant grommets for securely tying down the tarp

Fold your tarp
When setting up a tarp underneath your tent, make sure that it doesn’t extend past the edges. You don’t want water running off of the tent and down onto the tarp. Just simply fold the edges up and under the tent so you don’t create a pool of water below.


So what is the best camping tent?

The best camping tent can change depending on how many people you are taking, how you are getting there, or even the weather. There is no definite answer and the best tent is ultimately whatever keeps you dry and happy.


Best camping tent