Tent Camping is like no other thing in the world. However, the tent you chose will determine how much fun you will have today and in the future. Don’t think that just because a tent is expensive it’s the best choice. Different tents are made for varying activities, and you need to decide how yours will be used. There are the big and bulky family tents There are ligh- weight solo models designed for serious backpackers . And there are numerous styles of tents that fill the gap between these two extremes.
Figure out where you will be camping. Most tents have a weather rating. If you’re going to be staked out in a warm climate, you won’t need a model rated but for extreme cold weather you will. For the serious mountain explorer free-standing domicile. Mountains often don’t offer places to shove stakes and set poles. But for the family camper who enjoys the maintained campgrounds in most state parks, a regular tent will do.
Most tents are smaller than they’re advertised. Some tents come with porch-like vestibules that accommodate gear outside the sleeping area. But outside storage is no substitute for sleeping comfort.
Make sure you choose a tent with durable fabric. Even if you have to spend a little more, it is definitely worth it. There are many different groundsheet materials to choose:
Neoprene-coated nylon — usually for mountain camping to keep rocks from poking through.
PVC coated nylon — Used for larger family tents.
Polyurethane-coated nylon — Good for backpackers who don’t want to carry a lot of weight.
Polyethylene — Strong but heavy and usually used on lesser-priced models.
Picking a tent with a good rain fly can also make the difference between a good night’s sleep and a soggy one. Here are some of the different materials available:
Canvas — Heavy material that doesn’t readily collect water, but is prone to mildew.
Polyurethane-coated nylon — Lightweight material with a small pack size. Polyurethane-coated polyester — A very water-resistant material and doesn’t sag much when wet, but does cause condensation.
Silicon-elastomer-coated nylon — One of the best water-repelling rain fly materials available. It has coating on both sides of the material, so the fly won’t sag under wet conditions.
Basically you have two options for a frame material: fiberglass or aluminum. Fiberglass poles are lighter and bendable, but get brittle with age. Aluminum poles don’t give much in windy conditions, but they are sturdier and easier to repair.
The shell of the tent is more of a matter of options and features. As long as you’re protected from air and land with a good groundsheet and a rainfly, a shell with a light silicone coating will keep you dry and happy.
Features to look for in a tent:
Double-skin walls, for cold weather tents.
Flashlight hooks and pouches for lighting and gear.
Ventilation chimney — keeps condensation and water out of tent for cold-weather camping.
I don’t want to spend all day working. In my case I am ready to wet my line in that very cold water and I hope I catch some fish. I sure would like to have a fresh mess of fish. Actually, I’m not a very good fisherman I do however like the solitude and time to think about anything without being bothered other things around me.
It is very important that you clean all of your camping gear and equipment before putting it away. Some of the things that you need to pay the most attention to is your tent and sleeping gear, your coolers and any food preparation gear. Lets start with your tent: One of the most common problems that I see with tents is that some people will not properly dry their tent out after a camping trip where it has rained. Even when it doesn’t rain, moisture can creep in. “Source info is from an artical written by Michael Burch”