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We classify Family Tents as tents that fit 3 person and up. Do come back to check on us often as we are still expanding our range of tents. As we go along, we aim to be bringing in tents that fit 4 person to 8 person tents. For family camping, don't forget to bring along some of these camping essentials you may need and a waterproof tarp is always important! We also have 3 person sleeping bags under our sleeping bags section. Camping Tables can be found at our Camping Equipment collections.
When it comes to buying a family camping tent, don't shop alone. The whole family will be camping in the tent, so the whole family should be involved in the selection process.
To make life a little easier and to guide you down the well-worn path of family camping, we've teamed up to get their expert opinion on how to go about getting your hands on the right family tent from their wide range of available tents for family camping.
These are how you pick the perfect family tent:
Which Size Tent Should I Buy?
Naturally, this depends on the size of your family and the age ranges within it. Many forums say a good rule of thumb is 20 square feet for each person who’ll be sleeping in the tent. However, it’s smart to take that suggestion as the absolute minimum size when shopping. If you’re planning on storing gear inside the tent or using air mattresses in lieu of sleeping bags, you’ll likely need considerably more space. Some experienced campers suggest as much as 40 square feet per person, although 30 can be considered a good compromise.
Tent Shape or Layout
When choosing a family tent, start by thinking about the number of bedrooms you need, instead of the number of people the tent accommodates. Tents with square floor shapes are more efficient when laying out sleeping and gear arrangements.
Popular models are available in both cabin and dome styles, so put some thought into which style would work out best for your family. For cabin-style tents, consider setting them up in a spot near trees and tying your tent corners to them for added stability. And for dome-style tents, consider moving up to a slightly larger size that will provide extra headroom for taller family members.
Ease of Setup
Larger family tents can inherently prove trickier to handle. It’s always a good plan to read what the manufacturer recommends, but it’s especially valuable to find a place that offers customer reviews — often you’ll find a particular design is easier or more difficult to set up than intended.
Many models of large tents include vestibules, while others have them as available options. Tent vestibules are a protected area along the sides or front of your tent that provide additional space just outside the interior of your tent, but under a rain fly. This is a great area to store gear outside of the tent to save space, change some muddy or wet clothing, leave footwear, or potentially cook if campers are extremely careful to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, or catching your tent on fire.
At the end of the day, it is very similar to buying a house: you have to choose what is right for your circumstances, what your budget can afford, and be ready to make some compromises.
If the tent passes this 'family test', you're on your way. Happy camping!