How to Choose A Large Tent For Camping

Outdoor camping with friends or family has always been one of my favorite summertime activities. Whether the camping site itself is the main attraction or it’s merely your base camp for close-by activities, this short post will certainly help you choose the best large tent for you.

Camping Tent Sleeping Capacity Large Tent

When picking your camping tent, first pick a design based on your group/families size as well as whether or not you may need additional room for extra friends, equipment or pets. Remember that no industry standard exists that specifies per-person tent dimensions.

When assessing camping tent capabilities, our basic recommendations are this: Presume a close fit. If you need more space, think about upsizing your tent capacity by 1 person, especially if you or your camping buddies.

• are big individuals.
• are claustrophobic.
• toss and turn during the night.
• sleep better with more than average elbow room.
• are bringing a child or a pet.

Large Camping Tents Seasonality Large Tent

3-Season Tents

Without a doubt one of the most popular option of large tents, 3-season tents are light-weight shelters made for the pleasant conditions of spring, summer as well as fall. They are usually outfitted with adequate mesh panels to increase air flow. Mesh panels keep out insects. Appropriately pitched with a taut rainfly, 3-season large tents can endure downpours however they are not the most effective option for continual exposure to rough storms, fierce winds or heavy snow.

The key features of 3-season camping tents:

Keep you dry throughout rain or light snow.
Shield you from insects.
Give you personal privacy.

3- 4-Season Large Outdoors tents

Extended-season (3+ season) camping tents are designed for extended 3-season use, ideal for summertime use but additionally trips in early spring as well as late fall when some snow might be encountered. Their objective: provide a balance of air flow, durability as well as warmth-retention.

Generally they consist of 1 or 2 more poles and also fewer mesh panels than pure 3-season designs. This makes them stronger and warmer than their 3-season cousins. Extended-season camping tents are an excellent option for those that make regular trips to exposed, high-elevation locations. While extremely durable, they are not as strong for severe winter weather as 4-season outdoors tents.

4-Season Camping tents

Engineered to endure intense winds and also significant snow loads, large camping tents can be used in any type of season. Their primary feature, though, is to stand firm in the face of seriously inhospitable weather conditions, primarily in winter months or above.
They utilize a lot more poles as well as much heavier materials compared to 3-season large tents. Their rounded dome designs get rid of flat roof spaces where snow could accumulate. They provide few mesh panels and also rainflies that extend close to the ground. This prevents air flow and can make them feel warm and stuffy in mild weather conditions. Yet when nasty winds start to howl, a 4-season outdoor tent offers a comforting place of refuge.

Key Camping Tent Attributes Large Tent

Peak Height

If you like having the ability stand up when changing clothes or appreciate the airiness of a high ceiling, then try to find a camping tent with a tall peak height.

Cabin-style outdoors tents

Include near-vertical walls to take full advantage of overall optimal height as well as livable space, (some versions include family-pleasing attributes such as room dividers as well as an awning, or a vestibule door that can be staked out as such).

Dome-style camping tents

Provide exceptional toughness as well as wind-shedding abilities, both of which you’ll value on a rainy or stormy night. They stand tall in the center, yet their walls have more of a slope which slightly reduces livable space.

Large Tent Floor Length

If you’re taller than 6’ or like extra space, think about a camping tent with a floor length of 90 inches (instead of much more common 84– 88 inches).

Camping tent Doors

When picking your outdoor tent, consider the number of doors you will require along with their shape and also orientation. If you’re camping with your family members or friends, multiple doors help you avoid climbing over each other for late night bathroom breaks. Cabin-style camping tents have the tendency to shine in this area. You should also keep in mind just how simple or loud the doors are to zip open and shut. YKK zippers on the doors withstand snagging and breaking much better than the other options.

Tent Poles

An outdoor tents pole structure helps determines exactly how simple or hard it is to pitch. Practically all family tents nowadays are freestanding. Which means they do not need stakes to set up. The great benefit of this is that you can pick the tent up and relocate it to a different location prior to staking. You could also quickly and conveniently shake the dirt from it before taking it down.

Fewer polls allow for a much quicker setup. It’s also much simpler to connect poles to clips than it is to string them through lengthy pole sleeves. Lots of large camping tents utilize both clips as well as short pole sleeves in an effort to stabilize, allow airflow, and make configuration or setup very convenient. Color-coded corners and pole clips additionally make setup much quicker. Aluminum poles are also much stronger and durable than compared to fiberglass.


A rainfly is a separate water-proof cover developed to fit over the roofing of your camping tent. Utilize it whenever rain or dew is anticipated, or at any time you wish to preserve a little added heat. There are 2 types of rainfalls that are very common. Roof-only rainflies permit more light as well as views while offering fair rainfall protection. Full-coverage rainflies provide optimal protection from wind as well as rainfall.

Camping tent Materials

When you’re shopping, understand that higher-denier material covers and rainflies are much more rugged than lower-denier ones. Additionally, seam tape and high-denier fabrics on tent floor decrease the probabilities of leakage.

Vestibules/ Garage

Shelters or awnings connect to your camping tent for the purpose of storing or safeguarding your muddy or dirty boots or maintaining your packs out of the rain. They can be an essential part of your rainfly or add-on items that are offered separately.

Air flow

Mesh panels are typically utilized in the ceiling, doors and windows of outdoor tents. This permits views as well as also improving cross-ventilation in order to help manage condensation. For warm, moist climates, loo for lager mesh panels.

Interior Loops and Pockets

A light loop is commonly positioned at the top-center of a large tent’s ceiling for hanging a light or a lantern. Loops on indoor tent wall surfaces can be utilized to connect a mesh shelf to keep small items off the camping tent’s floor. In a similar way, interior pockets help maintain your large tent organized.

Guyout Loops

Higher-quality camping tents will include loops on the outside of the outdoor tent’s body for affixing personal lines. Personal lines enable you to secure the hatches—no flapping material—during high winds.

Optional Large Tent Accessories Large Tent


A footprint is a custom-fitted groundcloth that is generally sold separately and goes under your camping tent floor. Outdoor tent floors are usually tough, but rocks, branches, and dirt eventually take a toll. A footprint can cost you much less to replace compared to a large tent. For large family tents that get a great deal of in/out foot traffic, this is especially beneficial. Additionally, footprints are sized to fit your camping tent precisely.  This means they will not catch water like a generic groundcloth that stands out beyond the flooring edges. Water captured this way moves beneath your outdoor tent and could leak through the flooring material.

Gear Loft

The majority of large tents include an essential pocket or two to allow you to keep small items off the tent floor. A gear loft is an optional interior mesh shelf that allows you to put greater quantities of equipment out of the way.

Other Add-On Accessories

Stakes and anchors for varying site conditions
Broom and dustpan
Inside/outside floor mat
Tent repair kit
Seam sealer
Utility cord
Battery-powered ventilation fan

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