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How to choose a tent – 5 tips to help you make the right choice

By June 30, 2016 July 30th, 2020 Tents
Alpha kilo tent set up

Wondering what to look for in a tent?

Having the right camping gear can make or break any camping holiday. Whether you are a seasoned camper looking for a new tent or are planning your first camping holiday, it’s important to look for certain features. Choosing a good quality tent with smart design features will protect you from the elements and is well worth the investment.

Here are five tips to help you choose the best tent for your needs so that your family can enjoy all that camping has to offer:

1. Quality canvas for durability and safety
The canvas section of a tent provides protection from the elements. Not only must it keep out UV rays and water, it should be treated during manufacture to ensure that it is rot resistant and impregnated with fire retardant.

2. Comfort come rain or shine
The best tents are designed to ensure good air flow to keep you cool and be properly insulated to keep you warm in cold climates. Choosing a 4 season tent means that it is designed to be used during all of the seasons so you can camp all year round.

3. Stay dry
A built in PVC floor with properly sealed seams are essential for keeping water out. The tent’s design and structure should also minimise pooling while its zippers should be strong and durable. These factors all work together to keep your tent sealed and dry.

4. Keeping out the critters
Choose a tent with good quality mosquito mesh to keep out mosquitoes and other pests. This combined with a solid structure and heavy duty zips that work well and slide easily will make it much easier to keep your tent closed.

5. Simple to install
A well designed tent should be easy to set up and pack away. The last thing you want to do is buy a tent that is virtually impossible to setup or takes too much time to install. And then when it’s time to pack up, it takes forever to pack it away and is impossible to get it back into the carry bag.

Choosing a high quality tent that is made for all four seasons will ensure that you can enjoy camping any time of the year at any good camping site.

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