1. How many people?
How many people stay in the tent? Do not save on space, because keep in mind that if you are in bad weather, you all need to sit inside together. “Too big tent is a luxury, but too small a tent is a raw deal”. In the tent industry, it is often considered to spend sixty-centimeter width per person, but that is too little. Take at least a tent for five people, if you are with three other people”.
2. Check the campsite?
Are you already at the campsite? Find out how great the place. On most sites, you will find extensive maps. And please call or email them to ask for different information. Many people are afraid that they can not place a large tent at a campsite, and therefore choose a too small one. They think this is not necessary. And it turns out that the tent is too tight.
3. What do you feel?
You should feel like being at home in your tent, because you are going to spend a lot of time in the tent. I always let people just look around first. What shape do you like? What size fits you? What color do you like? Try to sense to choose a tent. ”
4. How much money?
In an ideal world, you can tune your budget on the perfect tent. But unfortunately, the opposite is true for most of us, especially in this time of crisis. That is why I always ask what people want to spend at maximum. If they have less to spend, it makes no sense to make them tasty with large, costly tents.
Keep in mind: how often do you use the tent? Are you going alone on vacation? You might want to spend more money on your second home.
5. Tunnel, bungalow, pyramid?
Most families today opt for a tunnel tent that is easy to set up thanks to the bow sticks and offer a lot (am) space. Tents are still there, but they are actually used only when people camping all season. They are the most stable, and offer the most space because the walls are straight up.
But it is a huge hassle with such heavy sticks frame. The pyramid shape is also clearly displaced by the tunnel tent.
6. Pulling or permanent place?
As a standard rule I use: if you move, choose a polyester fabric, and if you stand in one place, take a cotton tent. Polyester tents are lighter and dry faster: ideal when you have to relocate frequently and quickly. But cotton tents breathe better and are more robust, and that is fine if you constantly dwell in your semi-house.
Cotton is however more expensive, hence permanent campers now set off with polyester. And poly cotton is booming because it is cheaper than cotton, but more breathable than polyester.
7. Car, bike, walking?
How much space do you have? If you go out with the bike, you need a very light, compact tent of polyester (or nylon). If you have a small car, you have a little more space, but a large cotton colossus of more than sixty kilos will therefore not succeed.
8. When you go and where?
Where are you going to? Whether you end up in the rain and / or cold? The heat is fine with cotton, especially if you have no shade. In a polyester tent, it quickly becomes too stuffy. And the fabric is also easily damaged: polyester is literally burnt in the sun.
And what if you go to rainy areas? Polyester dries faster, so it can be an advantage in wet weather. The disadvantage of polyester with wetness: it can feel stuffy inside faster. In both sun and rain, poly-cotton blend naturally is an attractive shape.
9. Sticks or pumps?
Air tents are quite popular. They are faster, and you do not have to drag and play with sticks. It is a good development because the ease of use. What if a tube (air tube, ed.) breaks down during your vacation? You must then play, and get a bucket of water to locate the leak.