If you’re going camping with a few other people then you need to set up a tent that’s safe and easy to enjoy without making anyone feel uncomfortable about it.
You shouldn’t stick yourself in just any tent. A good family camping tent should be large enough for you and whoever else you’ve got along for the ride.
There exist different types of tents corresponding to different weather conditions. For example, three seasons tents are not as thick as four seasons tents because they do not fit winter.
Also, poles and tent fabrics can be very different depending on different weather considerations. For example, the water proof level for a mountain tent or a four-season tent could be 3000 mm while for a beach sun shelter, it could be just 500 mm.
Also, how good the tent can work against wind totally depends too.
Read our review about top 5 best family camping tents and buying guide to pick a good tent for your need.
Top 3 Best Family Camping Tents on the market
Top 5 Best Family Camping Tents
1. Kelty Trail Ridge 4 – 4 Person Tent
2. KampRite Double TentCot
3. ALPS Mountaineering Meramac 3 Tent
4. Eureka! Apex 2XT Two-Person Tent
5. Standing Room 100 Family Cabin Camping Tent
How many different types of tents are there?
1. Traditional tents: are these tents which require to be pitched by hand because each part of the tents are separated. These parts could be different sizes of poles, tent fabric, stakes, guy ropes, sheets,etc.
2. Modern tents: are the tents which can be pitched automatically. Generally speaking, most parts of the tents have been already assembled together, all man need to do is to set them on the ground.
Within the categories of traditional tents, you can divide them into different types depending on their sizes, functions, seasons, styles, etc. In this article, I would like to divide tents by different styles.
There exist dome tent, hoop tent, tunnel tent, cabin tent, gazebo tent, canopy tent, shelter tent, etc. Here I would like to introduce several types of tents that are most common for camping.
This is the type of tent which looks like pyramid or hemisphere.
The bottom shape of dome tent is normally square, but the essential version of dome tent, so called geodesic tent is composed with a hemisphere tent surface and a hexagon or an octagon (or rounder) bottom.
The simplest dome tent includes two flexible poles (which can be composed by several sticks), tent fabric and stakes.
To pitch it, you first need to figure out how to assemble two poles, then insert the flexible poles into the tent fabric, then fix four corners of the dome tent into the ground by using stakes.
This is the type of tent which look like a tunnel. It is very similar to hoop tent.
Unlike dome tent which has poles crossing each other, tunnel tent has poles paralleled to each other.
Therefore, comparing to dome tent for 2 or 3, tunnel tent for two could offer bigger space because the walls are arcuate. Tunnel tent can not only be found for camping, but also for indoor amusement.
As the name shows, a canopy tent offers you a ceiling but not necessarily walls. It is similar to gazebo tent and shelter tent.
Comparing to dome tent and tunnel tent, a canopy tent may not able to provide a private space. Due to this reason, it is more popular for party users or business users.
Many families have canopies tent in their gardens in order to enjoy open space.
Cabin tent is relatively bigger than other types of tents. Also, it has the image that it is stabler, offering multiple internal spaces.
Therefore, it is not only harder to carry because its weight and size but also more complicated to compose.
There exist different sizes of poles, probably separate tent fabric, guy ropes, stakes, etc for a cabin tent.
Most people choose cabin tent when they have more than a week to stay in one camping place.
Modern tents include various pop up tent such as pop up canopy tent, pop up dome tent and pop up tunnel tent and automatic tent, also called quick set tent.
1. Pop up tents: are those have been assembled together by factories, and when you pitch them, just simply open it or throw it out, waiting for it to “stretch” and spring into a tent. It normally take just several seconds to build a pop up tent. All you need to do is to peg it to the ground with stakes and probably guy ropes.
2. Automatic tents: have also been assembled together, but instead of using the “bounce power” of poles to spring into a tent, you need to pull the device attached to it (which is usually on top of the tent) to make it extend. It also takes seconds to pitch an automatic tent.
Packages of pop up tents and automatic tents are usually bigger than traditional tents because some parts of them are unfoldable or not detachable. But the easiness to pitch makes them more and more popular in recent years.