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A tent for every camping situation.

Use the state list below to find a local source for camping tents. Some of the wide variety of tents available include backpack tents, camping tents, bed tents, pop-up tents, canopy tents, canvas tents, family tents, multi-room tents, screen houses, gazebos, shower tents, bathroom tents and all types of family camping tents. Many tent retailers offer tents at discount prices.

Who needs a tent?

There is a certain charm in sleeping under the stars in the open air. That is until weather, ants or mosquitoes convince you otherwise. Then the comfort and convenience of a tent is most welcome.

What are your requirements for a tent?

Many factors can enter your decision regarding which tent is right for you. Answering a few questions will narrow down the options

How many people will sleep in the tent?

The amount of gear and the number of people to sleep in the tent play a major part in tent selection. Answer this question before considering other factors. Be aware that tent manufacturers rate their own products. It is their estimation of how many sleeping bags would fit snugly in a given tent. Note that they allow no space for camping gear. So if you want to be a bit more comfortable choose a tent rated for one or two more people than will typically sleep in your tent.

Will you travel to the campsite by vehicle or hiking?

If you are getting this tent for backpacking into the wilderness you want to consider weight and bulkiness. If so, there are many options for backpack tents.

If you will be traveling in a vehicle, weight and bulk are not factors.

What type of weather do you expect to encounter?

Virtually all tents are designed to handle mild to moderate weather. If you plan to camp in extreme conditions you’ll need a tent designed to withstand these conditions. Review manufacturer ratings for temperature and weather conditions, especially rain and snow.

If you are looking at backpack tents, they are rated into two basic weather-related categories. Three-season tents are designed for mild to moderate weather of spring, summer and fall. Four-season tents are intended for all seasons and generally handle rain and snow conditions quite nicely. As a rule, lighter weight backpack tents are three-season tents and include ultra light screens and tarp tents. Heavier, sturdier backpacks tents are generally four-season models.

Types of Tents

Each tent type comes in a variety of fabrics, weather ratings, quality levels, durability ratings, construction methods and structural material weights. These along with functional features impact price points. Always check manufacture ratings for weather and temperature ratings.

Backpack tents.

Backpack tent.When backpacking in groups you have the option of individual tents or one tent large enough for a group of four or less. Group tents are normally carried in sections by multiple backpackers.

Solo tents and sleeping bag tents

This tent is designed for one person and is a self-contained unit.

Backpack tents for two to four campers.

Generally lightweight, these group tents come in a tremendous number of styles and configurations. Review multiple brands to find the one right for your use. Keep weather ratings in mind during the selection process.

General camping tents.

Setting up a camping tent.Camping in campgrounds and areas where you can arrive in a vehicle allow you to bring a larger tent. These camping tents range in size from a tent for one to family and group tents. They come in every imaginable configuration. Dome tents have arched roofs which shed water and snow easily. Tunnel tents have a pitched roof, many have the shape of a log cabin.

Some camping tents have more than one room, some up to four rooms while two or three rooms are the common configurations. These work particularly well for family camping. Often there is a common living area plus bedrooms.

Specialty tents.

There are specialty tents for virtually any situation you might imagine. Here are a few that may enhance your camping experience.

Canopy tent.

A canopy tent is a tall roof tent, open on the sides. It’s typically used to provide shade and/or protection from rain for dining areas, camp gear storage, vehicles and anything you want to keep dry. Some canopies come with roll-down flaps for added protection.

Gazebo and screen room tents.

Gazebos and screen rooms have high roofs and come in various shapes. These tents have mesh sides to keep mosquitoes, flies and bugs out. They are great for dining or family games and activities, especially at night when lights attract flying insects.

Restroom tents.

Designed to offer privacy, these are big enough for one person. Self-contained, portable toilets are available with chemically controlled holding tanks.

Shower tents.

Also designed to offer privacy, these are big enough for one person. A variety of camping shower products are available for showering in the wild. Some have gas heaters built in for instant hot water, some use solar energy to heat the water while others simply allow you to get a very refreshing outdoor shower in private.

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What’s your tent budget?

New tents. When buying a tent, quality does cost a little more. The difference in quality is in the details. Better zippers, better and more stitching, stronger supports, better fabric compositions, more features, stronger flooring, better stakes and ropes, more durable hardware and attachments, and many other factors impact price.

How do I choose the right camping tent?