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The right family tent can make all the difference

Finding your ideal tent is all important

The popularity of family camping is growing with parents searching for safer, cheaper alternatives to long-distance holidays abroad. Family camping holidays require heavy-duty equipment – and none is more vital than family tents.

What is a family tent?

Family tents are not a specific brand or style of tent. Any tent that can accommodate a large group of people comfortably can be considered a family tent. Most large tents fit this criterion. Family tents will provide living space for occupants and their belongings, as bedroom sections.

Large family tents can also include add-on accessories. Nowadays, many family tents boast additions such as carpets, porches and additional doors and windows.

Why family camping is important

For kids

Kids nowadays may not spend much time active but they still enjoy new experiences. Children want to get involved in everything from trekking trails to games in large family tents. For most children, camping is a new experience of sights and sounds in areas they’ve never visited before. There are many child-friendly campsites that provide safe environments and facilities to ensure a memorable camping trip. Camping is the ideal way for them to be stimulated both physically and mentally.

As children become older, camping can teach critical life skills like confidence, independence, resourcefulness and using imagination. Small tasks such as building campfires and erecting family tents promote self-reliance and task management. So camping is an entertaining and educational experience.

For parents

Camping with kids is also very entertaining and enlightening for adults too. Family camping encourages family bonding whilst giving parents some relaxation time. Moreover, in bonding parents escape hustle and bustle of work

But don’t expect to expect to be spending the time just sat by your large tents. Parents are kept busy by rowdy children with pent up energy. Involving kids in the cooking, teaching them how to pitch family tents and about respecting nature can relieve some of it.

What to look for

Tent Berth

When looking for suitable family tents, always look at the tent berth. Tent berth is the amount of people a tent can sleep. Typically, campers buy large tents that can accommodate at least one person more people than are camping. For example, a family of three may go for four-berth large family tents. This is because the tent must also be big enough to house belongings.

Tent Size

Tent size refers mainly to the living, standing and storage space a tent offers. Family tents must act as a home away from home. They must be a big enough size to sleep, eat and engage in other activities in. Many large family tents have dividers that can retract, so the sleeping area can be converted into living space simply.

Though, large tents mean a heavier load to deal with. Weight only becomes an issue if the campsite is some distance from the parking area. Otherwise, when shopping for family tents, pick up a camping trolley to transport it across short distances.

Tent layout

When the smallest children are taken on camping trips, the tent layout becomes more significant. Separate bedrooms allow parents to put their youngest to bed without them being disturbed. Retractable dividers also allow privacy without being separated too far from the kids. Should parents need to access the other rooms, they can unzip the divider quickly.

Also consider…

Entry point

The best large family tents boast many access points. These access points not only allow entry and exit, they also ventilate the tent in hot climates. Family tents have been designed in such a way to allow them to be open even when the during rain. These storm entrances use extended material above the entrances to direct rain away.

Most large tents have one entry point that can unzip all the way. There are also tents that have multiple entry points on the front, back and sides. These tents are best for quick and easy access.

Windows

Much like the entry points on family tents, windows are a prime source of ventilation. Without windows, tents would be devoid of light. Tent windows can come with blinds and mesh netting to keep insects from invading. If you’re going for large family tents with large windows, you’ll need to think about privacy.

Fabrics

Buying tents that use a specific fabric is more than an aesthetic choice. Tents are often constructed from polyesters and nylon. These fabrics are durable and highly waterproof. Buyers can check how resistant a tent is to seepage through the hydrostatic head rating. This rating measures how much downpour a tent can withstand before water gets through.

Other fabrics frequently used are canvas and polycotton which is a blend of polyester and cotton. Each fabric has its own unique properties – from providing insulation to blocking harmful UV rays.

Price

Believe it or not, cheap family tents come at a cost. Spending money on a high-quality tent is worth it because your family is involved. The more expensive tents brag amazing specifications and features. But if you’re only going away for a quick weekend in a tent you’ll only use once, then don’t spend too much. Finding large tents that are effective at an affordable price is a balancing act.

Accessories you may need

Groundsheet

Groundsheets are sheets that separate campers from the muddy floor underneath whilst in their tent. With fussy kids in tow, a groundsheet is a must-have addition that first-time family campers often neglect.

They can either be sewn-in groundsheets or bought separately and placed beneath the tent. Groundsheets not only keep uninvited nature out, they also help to keep warmth on cold nights.

Carpet

The additional cosmetic layer on top of the groundsheet. Tent carpets are not essential for family tents. But if you require an additional separating layer from the coldness of the ground, then a carpet is the solution.

Porch

The porch – or, in some cases, the awning – provides an additional area just outside the tent. The area can be used for external lounging or to store muddy belongings you don’t want in the tent.