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You Will Need
- Head count
- Season in mind
- Internet research
Determine head count
Determine the number of people that will sleep in your tent. If you plan to store gear in the tent with you, you may want to buy a bigger tent.
Determine seasonal use
Determine during which seasons you will use the tent. Check for ventilation and a rain fly so you are prepared for hot or wet weather that may roll in.
Choose tent style
Choose the tent style based on usage. If you are a primitive camper, then you will want a backpacking tent rather than a heavy-duty family tent.
Check the waterproofing and zippers
Check all seams for waterproofing and the zippers for durability. The base of the tent should be made of a tarp-like material and should wrap up the walls of the tent at least 4 inches, if not more.
Check the poles and material
Check the poles and tent material. If the fabric or poles are cheaply made, your tent won't last more than one or two seasons.
Choose a tent
Choose a tent that is reasonably priced and meets all of your needs. Check online to compare prices before heading out to the store to buy your new wilderness abode.