Selecting Your Tent

Selecting Your Tent

Yesterday I promised you a blog post about gear. Well, what is the most important piece of camping gear? Your tent! It’s where you will essentially be living for a weekend, a week, or longer so you need to buy a good one. My husband and I spent days looking at tents and researching all of our options. We didn’t have a lot of money to spend just on the tent ($300) so that knocked some great American-made tents out pretty fast.

Before you start looking at tents you need to ask yourself a few questions.

  1. When will I be camping? If you’re just going out in the summer and the weather is decent then you can buy a lighter tent. If you want to camp in Maine in January then you will need a heavier, preferably canvas or poly-cotton, tent.
  2. Where will I be camping? I know you will be heading to lots of different locations, but you need to think about where you’re planning to spend most of your time. If it’s Florida in the summer then you don’t need (or want) a tent capable of withstanding winters in Alaska.
  3. How long will I be camping at one time? If you’re going on weekend excursions then you can get by with a smaller tent. If you’re going out for a week or more then you will want a cabin tent for extra space in case it rains and you’re stuck inside for 2-3 days.
  4. What will I be doing in my tent? Are you just sleeping there? Will you be playing card games at night? Watching TV on a laptop? This will help you decide how much headroom you need. Yes, you can find tents that are just over six feet tall so you can walk around inside of them.
  5. What is my budget? You may be thinking that this should have been the first question. There’s a reason why it’s not. I wanted you to think about your tent goals before you thought about money, because now that you know your needs you can choose the right tent for your budget.

I am not currently an affiliate of any of these companies, clicking on these links doesn’t do anything for me. I’m just trying to help you get a great tent at a great price. Before you shop, please download Ebates! It’s free and you can earn cash back when you buy your tent and camping gear (plus, when you spend $25 we both get $25 cash back!). They also list coupons, so it’s a really great site, especially on a laptop or computer. You have to go to the store through their app to get credit on a smartphone or tablet.

Tents are on clearance right now because we’re nearing the “end of camping season”. With the right gear and equipment, you’ll never know when the season really ends!

  1. The first place I’m going to suggest is Moosejaw. They only sell high quality, long lasting tents. Some are expensive, but you get what you pay for. I personally like the looks of the Eureka Boondocker Hotel 6. If you visit Moosejaw be sure you have Ebates because they’re offering 9% cash back right now!
  2. Bass Pro Shops have better quality tents than some other retailers. If you just want a tent to camp in the summer down in Florida then they probably have something that will work well for you. Even fall in the South (I’m including southern Virginia), they have a tent that will do the job.                                                                                                                                                                                            They offer some of the best US tents like Kelty, Kodiak Canvas, and Big Agnes. Kodiak Canvas was on our list because they have almost a 5 star rating with 175 reviews!
  3. Camping World UK has some badass tents! This is where we discovered Vango, Outwell, and the higher quality Coleman tents. They’re built for weather in the UK and surrounding areas so you know they’re going to hold up to everything in the lower 48! Don’t believe me? Youtube Outwell and Vango’s testing videos! They test every model in hurricane force, category 5 winds. You won’t be camping in it during the storm, but you will probably find your tent where you left it! The tent didn’t lift off until the wind speed got over 120mph.                                                                                                                                                                        Check out the Airbeam tents, the Vango Amalfi is my favorite in the budget range. If you have a larger budget, the Outwell Tennessee is like a house. You know, in case you want a three bedroom tent with a bathroom. YouTube it!                                                                                                                                                          They also have incredible glamping accessories. Vango and Outwell offer heavier groundsheets, carpet for the inside of your tent, as well as portable closets to store your gear. Don’t get me started on the air mattresses; they have headboards so your pillow isn’t lost in the middle of the night!


As I have said before, we’re a family of five and our goal is to allow our children to see this country. So we need a larger, three season, tunnel tent. We chose the Vango Farnham 600 (sold on Amazon). It has sleeping pods that zip shut to keep it cool and dark inside, plus a huge living area. It’s almost 12′ x 20′ not including the canopy!

If you choose to purchase through Amazon, please use smile.amazon.com and choose to support Purrwood Forest. It doesn’t cost you any extra and it helps a very sweet friend of mine and the abandoned cats she cares for.

Thank you so much for visiting! I hope that

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