Choosing the right tent for your family trip into the wild can be a tricky business. Is it going to be fully weatherproof? Will there be enough room for everyone to sleep comfortably? How long will it take to erect and will we need a diploma in camping to do just that?! There’s a lot to consider but start by reading our guide to picking the right portable home-from-home for your adventuring tribe to sleep, relax, play and shelter in.

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Choosing the right tent for your family trip into the wild can be a tricky business. Is it going to be fully weatherproof? Will there be enough room for everyone to sleep comfortably? How long will it take to erect and will we need a diploma in camping to do just that?! There’s a lot to consider but start by reading our guide to picking the right portable home-from-home for your adventuring tribe to sleep, relax, play and shelter in.

Tent Types

Before you go shopping, get to know the different types of tents available and the pros/cons of each:

1. The Dome Tent

This is a popular and versatile choice as it is easy to put up (and take down), they’re relatively light and you can join more than one dome tent together to create a bigger family space. This type offers good headroom too as it has a square or rectangular base and rising sides. A dome tent may not stand up to harsh weather conditions, but it will keep you dry from most wind or rainfall. And finally, this tent often has a very useful porch area for storing gear away from your sleeping space.

2. The Ridge Tent

A bit of a retro-style tent because of its classic triangular shape with poles along the roof and at either end. It’s sturdy and brilliant for heavy wind and rain but this style gives very little head room and can be a bit of a pain to set up.

3. The Bell Tent

The trendy option (and pricey)! This type of tent is super stylish but it is only suitable for warmer, drier destinations as its made from canvas panels. A good choice if you’re staying at a campsite (not ideal for the wilderness), it offers a large floor space for a big family or group. The sides roll-up so you have a lovely shaded area to recline under during the day.

4. The Geodesic Tent

Similar to a dome tent but with extra poles to create a more open space and a sturdier structure that’s great for windy conditions. It’s quite compact though so this style is probably too cramped for extended family use.

5. A Vis a Vis Tent

Also known as a family tent, this style is a brilliant option for groups as it generally has two sleeping sections with a spacious common area and porch – it’s the nearest you’ll get to an at-home layout. This is a heavy piece of kit but once it’s up, you’ll have a very comfortable and roomy environment.

6. The Tunnel Tent

Another great choice for your family camp trip. The tunnel tent offers more headroom than a dome tent, and although it can take a while to set up, you’ll have plenty of space for a larger group of adventurers! This style is better suited to less-windy conditions so it’s worth picking a sheltered spot as it will take some time to deconstruct and reposition.

Top Ranking Tents

To start you off on your hunt for the perfect family tent, take a look at these. All of them have been reviewed specifically for family or group camping trips.* It’s worth noting that an ‘’8 man tent’’ is probably more suited to 6 people if you want room for your belongings too!

Coleman Red Canyon 8 Person Tent – roomy and reliable. A good quality tent that’s simple to pitch. In fact, Coleman’s tents seem to rate highly across the board as they’re affordable and very functional. SHOP NOW > 

Browning Camping Big Horn Family Tent – steep sides for excellent headroom, room dividers and exceptionally waterproof! SHOP NOW >

Wenzel Klondike 8 Person Tenta large dome tent with a separate sunroom area and mesh-screen windows. SHOP NOW >

Big Agnes Big House 4 – steep walls for an extra roomy space and it’s easy to set up. SHOP NOW >

Vango Odyssey – an inflatable tent for quick and easy set-up and a great spacious choice for warm-weather trips. SHOP NOW >

 All products available at time of publishing.
*Sources: 
www.wildernesstoday.com

www.trespass.com

www.gearweare.com

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