Camping Shelters – The kind of camping shelters you select to take on your outdoor adventure will be determined by the number of people attending and the forecast expected. Whether you choose to bring a tent, tarp or canopy all will work well and will provide adequate protection depending on the specific requirements.
Tents: Tents make exceptional camping shelters and they come in various shapes, sizes and colors. There are so many out there it’s sometimes hard to choose which one is the right one for you. Depending on the number of people on your trip, the location and the forecast expected will determine the type of tent you bring.
Some things to consider for your camping shelters:
- Size – number of people and size of campers (consider tall people when selecting your tent)
- Weight – lighter tents for backpackers
- Zippers – nobody likes a zipper which snags
- Doors – some tents have dual doors, very useful so you don’t have to climb over your tent mate
- Ventilation – for those hot summer nights/days (also required to prevent condensation during the winter)
- Rain Tarp – for those rainy days
- Ground Tarp – keeps your bottom dry
Backpacking trips always require packing light. Your tent should be lightweight. There are several out there, 1 or 2 person tents are the best for any backpacking trip. This is an important feature so the material and poles are lightweight these days unlike the heavier poles of the past. Make sure your tent has an inner tarp liner. From experience I have slept in tents that do not have this feature and do not recommend them.
Tarps: Tarps make a great addition to your experience and are simple camping shelters. It’s always a good idea to have your cooking area and sitting areas covered whenever possible. Just in case it rains you’re still able to get out and about. Being trapped in a tent the entire trip is not fun. Tarps come in various sizes and durability. Nylon rope will be required to hang up the tarps between trees or whatever nearby fixtures. If you’re planning on making frequent trips we suggest investing in a quality tarp.
Canopies: If you have a little extra to invest a self-standing canopy is more efficient than a tarp. You won’t need to bring extra rope and if there aren’t any trees or other nearby fixtures than this will be the way to go. Screened canopies are the best camping shelters if you still want to have that “outdoor” feeling. If you’re in the south you know how bad the mosquitoes can get. They are quick to set up and can be done by one person for the more experienced campers.
So take your pick and select the right camping shelters for your next camping trip.