Choosing your first tent can be daunting, but the easiest way to go about it is to write down what your individual needs are. Here are some of our tips for choosing a camping tent in Australia:
Important features to look for:
1. Size: Make sure that the tent is large enough to accommodate your needs. Consider how many people will be using the tent, the size of your mattresses and whether you'll need extra space for your clothing bags and toiletries.
2. Height: If your spending more then a few days at camp you may want to conder if you want to be able to stand up in the tent. Wiggling your pants on laying flat on the mattress can get old over time (haha).
3. Materials: Look for a tent made of durable materials such as Ripstop canvas, PU polyester or cotton-poly blends that can withstand the elements. Waterproof and UV resistant fabrics are important in Australia's weather as well.
Types of tents:
Dome tents: Dome tents are popular for their stability and ease of setup. Alot of dome tents these days have built in poles for a quick set up. They are usually lightweight (depending on size) and easy to carry, making them a good option for backpacking or car camping.
Cabin tents: Cabin tents are rectangular in shape and have a more vertical wall, which makes them feel more spacious. They are a good option for families or groups who want more room to move around.
Pop-up tents: Pop-up tents are extremely easy to set up but can be a pain in the bum to pack back down. They are a good option for car camping or for those who don't want to spend a lot of time setting up their tent.
Roof top tents: Roof top tents are a popular choice for those who are camping with a vehicle. They are mounted on the roof of your car and can be easily accessed via a ladder. They are often a popular choice for 4WDs and set up within a few minutes.
Swags: Swags are a popular camping option that due to the durability of the fabric and quick set up times. The downside is they are bulky to transport and if you've got a double swag they can get hot in Summer if you can have the fly open.
By considering your individual needs and physical abilities you can narrow down the type of tent the suits you and your loved ones and start shopping for your next tent!
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