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Planning Tools







Buy a Tent

  • Determine the Purpose of the Tent

    • If being used for family camping--consider comfort, space and ventilation  

    • If backcountry camping--consider weight, size and durability

  • Determine Type of Material

    • Polyester withstands extended exposure to the sun

    • Nylon is lighter weight

    • Canvas is durable but very heavy

  • Determine the Style

    • Cabin tents are big with high ceilings and large windows.  Multi-room models are available.

    • Dome tents are smaller, stable and better in varying weather conditions. They are easy to setup and take down

  • Determine the Size and Weight

    • What type of activity

    • How many people

    • How much gear to store in tent 

      • Tent sizes do not include room for gear storage. Consider purchasing a larger tent for this purpose.

  • Consider Ease of Setup

    • Color coding is helpful

  •  Consider the Poles

    • Quality is important

    • Fiberglass poles are durable

    • Aluminum poles are lightweight

  • Consider Quality of Other Features

    • Stitching and seams

    • Zippers

    • Window and Door mesh

    • Flooring

    • Tie Downs

    • Stakes

  • Consider the Weather

    • Waterproof/water resistant

    • Use a full coverage rain fly

  • Consider a quality ground cloth for under your tent to protect the floor and to keep it drier and cleaner. This should be the same shape as your tent and slightly smaller.

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