Tents for the Car Traveler

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Tents come in all shapes and sizes. And now there are so many variations of tent out there, it’s hard to know what to choose.

Here we look at the bigger tents for a family of five our a group of four adults. In particular were looking here at a tent that acts as a permanent fixture for the duration of a vacation. A base camp if you want.

One of the main features is that it should be easy to assemble. Easy is a bit of an odd word for describing tent assembly. But it does get easier the more you do it. In a similar way take down should also be just as easy. But in the beginning it’s quite a puzzle packing it all away.

But for our party and for a duration of several days, what size tent should you look for? Well the bigger the tent the better. A four man tent for four people will be cramped. You choose these if your group are constantly on the move and setting up camp each night along the trail.

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But for our fixed location, go bigger and by that we mean minimum of a six man tent but an eight man tent is better as you can see on the this really useful site Probably the best 8 person tent

The eight man tent gives you space. It surprising how you’ll use it all up. They’ll be bags, rucksacks, camp beds and/or sleeping bags. But you’ll still want to move around inside it. A bigger tent gives you all this without treading over things and people.

Other features to consider, which we think are a must, are as follows.
Make sure the tent has a zippable groundsheet. Most do but do check. They prevent rain getting in and prevent little creatures from entering as well.
Double skin breathable fabrics. These are both waterproof and prevent condensation (a real problem with a lots of adults sleeping in a tent). The double skin also acts as a type of double glazing should the nights get cold.

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