The Benefits for Choosing a Large Tent
Well obviously there’s going to be more room in a large tent but aside from this, you’ll find that many large eight man tents have separate rooms or sleeping quarters. Most will allow you to stand up, but of course this depends on the persons height as to whether they can stand or only stoop. But they’re certainly easier to move around in.
The larger tents will also have doors and windows, which is good if you’re waiting for better weather, you’ll appreciate all that natural light. The bigger tent will also come with a porch area. Useful for shedding muddy boots or wet clothes before entering the tent.
How Many People can I get into an 8 man Tent
The obvious answer would be eight but it’s not as simple as that, there’s other things to consider. Gear, more people means more gear and you’ll want this in the tent with you. Also eight tends to mean eight and very little room for anything else, remember you might want space to move around in during the day.
Remember that the number of people a tent holds is different from the number of people that it can comfortably hold. For this reason an eight person tent is best for a smaller party of 5/6 adults or teenagers. But for a family 6/7 individuals. And remember families grow and as children get bigger they need more space. So a bigger tent is definitely an investment.
Another approach to selecting a tent is to think about the other people you’re going camping with, should they all be together (we guess not). Then think about the number or rooms your tent should have and then select a tent with that number of rooms. More details can be found here tent 8 person
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Groundsheets, Double Layers and Zips
A number of tents are now made with two layers of fabric. An outside, waterproof flysheet and an inner layer with a gap in between. This helps reduce condensation and also acts as a form of insulation.
Groundsheets are normally integral to the tent, so the whole tent is in one piece. Some are zipped into the tent. Having a ground sheet built into the tent prevents rain and insects getting in. You can also consider a second ground sheet which goes doen first and just protects the built in groundsheet from damage from sharp stones for example.
Very useful are double zips that allow you open/close from both sides. This allows the zip to be opened from below, for access; or from the top, for some ventilation. These zips will almost certainly be rugged and heavy duty types, able to withstand a fair degree of punishment.
Will you be backpacking, camping for a weekend, a few weeks, at a festival? Is the tent for a family (young or a little older), for adults, for teens? Will you be using you tent in the summer or all year round?
What’s the Main Purpose for Your Tent?
Answering these questions will point you towards the appropriate type of tent for you. Each type of tent has its pros and cons.
If you’re driving to a campsite and setting up the tent for a number of days. Then a big tent makes perfect sense. Just remember that these will need two adults to assemble. Bigger tents also take up a lot of room make sure you check with the campsite that the size of your tent is within their limits. Some campsites will insist you pay for two pitches if the tent is really big.
Your New Tent
Once you receive your new tent it’s a good idea to try putting it together at home first. There’s nothing worse than arriving at a campsite, late in the day, trying to erect a tent when you not sure what goes where and your tired.
By assembling it on a nice sunny day, on the lawn, you get to see what goes where and more importantly if anything is missing or broken, then you’ve got time to replace it. Not something you want to be doing in the middle of the country, far from any shops.
Check everything fits and all zips work. Check the manual that came with your tent to see if there any preparation steps you need to do before you go camping. Some tent material requires the seams to be “sealed”. which normally comes in the form of a liquid that you apply once or twice and allow to dry thoroughly, again the manual will contain the procedures to follow.
Taking the Tent Down
As well as putting the tent and getting comfortably with the procedure. You also have to think about taking the tent down again and packing it away. There’s normally a correct way to do this so you end up with a nice neat package to stow away in the car. This can be a big help if you’re familiar with the procedure and it’s raining and cold. Putting the tent away quickly will be very useful.
After your camping trip, one of the first things to do is to lay the tent out on a warm sunny day, to let the tent dry out. This is more important if there was lots of rain or moisture around on the trip. Once the tent is dried out, it can be packed away, long term or until the next adventure. Skipping this step will result is a tent with unpleasant odors, the next time you come to use it.
Clean the tent to remove any mud and or bits of food that got left inside. It’s amazing what you’ll find in a tent you thought clean. Again, this will help to keep you tent in good condition for many years and will help, if you ever wish to sell the tent at a later date.
It goes without saying that your tent should be stored in a dry clean place. Preferably in a seal-able garden storage box to keep out any pesky critters.