Types of Tents Available Today

Types of tents you can buy today

Once upon a time a tent was just a tent. The Toblerone chocolate bar shape was the classic tent for a very long time. For those of you not familiar with Toblerone, it’s a Swiss chocolate bar with a triangular cross section.

In this article we give a brief description of the most common types that you can buy today. As you will see the variety and choices have increased greatly. So let’s start.

Classic Ridge Tent
Classic Ridge Tent

Ridge tents – The ridge tent consists of two sturdy poles, one at each end. These form the center line of the tent and a canvas covering is stretched between the two poles, to form the classic triangle shape at each end. Ropes (called guylines) run beneath the canvas and out of each end. These are then fastened to stakes, driven in at each corner and creating that classic tent shape



Dome tents – These are free standing tents the poles, normally carbon fiber bend over from corner to corner. Two of these, which meet in the middle, form the structure of the tent.

Dome Tent
Dome Tent

Geodesic tents – are generally used in extreme conditions. Their bendy poles, These pole crisscross each other creating triangular shapes. Very hardy and strong in high winds.

Instant tents – these are relatively new on the scene the poles are connected to the fabric of the tent and they twist into a flat circular disc, for storing away. But a quick twist the other way produces an assembled tent.

Inflatable tents – not cheap but an air compressor does all the work. All you have to do is lay it out on the floor and wait

as the tent blows up like a balloon and forms the t

ent in front of you.

Khyam tents – these tents are named after the company that makes them. The covering material and poles are permanently attached to each other. The clever part is that the poles bend in sections and powerful springs at the joints of these sections help the poles straighten up when the tent is erected.

Tunnel Tent
Tunnel Tent

Tunnel tents – These are easy to set up and as the name suggests are in the shape of a shape of a large tube. Some can be entered from both ends and they can seem quite spacious inside. Just like ridge tents they need guylines to anchor them in place.


Keeping the Children Entertained

Camping can be an awesome experience for the entire family. The great thing about these trips is that they can be enjoyed by old and young. They also allow us to hang out, enjoy each other’s company in a relaxed environment. Below are some tips of Keeping children entertained on a camping trip.

Evening activities

Around your camp site at night, consider evening activities. Such as telling stories singing songs around a camp fire, cooking under supervision, going on a nighttime stroll with flashlights or playing find the stowaway. This will keep children entertained.

Around Water

On the off chance that you happen to camp around the sea or lake, swimming, fishing or boating are all great things to do. Your younger children also will also enjoy playing in the sand and floating toys, stick and leaves in the water. Youngsters of all ages will enjoy being around water take some waders and dry clothes just in case.

Exploring the nature

Investigate the camping area, strolling trails can be a great way for you to get some exercise and educate your children about nature and what’s around them. Different sounds and smells. If they sit quietly all types of creatures will come out of there hiding places and they can watch them play. Children can get very excited if they see squirrels and chipmunks and as they start to look more creatures will appear.  Don’t forget the vegetation, the tall trees and the plants mosses and mushrooms. All create a quilt work of patterns to explore.

Construction Works

Small shovels, scoops and buckets. If you remember to bring these then there’s hours of fun digging and making. Toy dumper trucks to move small pebbles around. Then to get to work making the next toy village, bridge or dam.

When it Rains

We always believe it’s not going to rain but it does. So we don’t want that to stop us so we plan for it and take plenty of waterproofs and boots so we can all go outside. Take plenty of changing clothes and towels, clothes get wet and muddy, they’re much harder to dry outside so the more you take the better.

And it’s important to keep warm, big think sweaters will do the trick An additional pair of shoes and sandals will come in very handy. It never fails, that one pair of shoes will get wet during the evening when the mosquitos turn out it is a smart thought to have dry socks and shoes to cover their feet. Towels are another item that you can’t have enough of, from towels for drying hands and showering to beach towels, this is an item that we utilize all of the time.



Remember to be safe. Always supervise your children, especially younger children. Don’t let them wonder off alone and always take special care around rivers, lakes and the sea. Make sure you have plenty of sunscreens and give them bunches of water throughout the day.

Children are very resourceful, they can start the camping trip bored but as the days pass they find games to play and adventures. Then before they know it, it’s time to go home.

Here’s another 31 great ideas for things to do with your children.

Check list for first time campers

Before camping, especially the first timers, you need to first get comfortable with certain camping etiquettes – the kind of camping apparatus you need to convey, what kind of camping equipment is available at the camping site and where to get good quality camping supplies.

The tent

The Tent, it seems obvious but it amazing how people put great effort in selecting the wrong tent. The tent provides a place for you to sleep but it also allows you to shield yourself from the sun, the wind, and the rain. You’ll also want it to keep out mosquitoes, flies, moths and other night time visitors.

Sleeping Bags and Pads

It gets cold at night, even in summer so a good sleeping bag is a must. It will keep you warm and snug. Just what you need at the end of a hard day trekking and exploring.

A pad between the sleeping bag and the cold hard floor of the tent is a must. It will give you a comfortable night sleep as apposed to a restless night. Without the pad, no position is right and the result is a broken sleep.

Cooking Supplies

Campground This depends on the type of camping trip you’ll be doing. If you’re setting up at a campsite and staying there, then a large stove or barbeque will work. But obviously if trekking you have to think about portability, which includes carrying or catching your food and pots, pans and cooking utensils. All add weight and your main focus is to travel light. It’s a fine balance.

Other Things to remember

Bring a first aid kit, there’s always knocks and scratches that have to be dealt with. Spare ropes, duck tapes, tin openers, Swiss army knives, all come incredibly handy when least expected. Take cable ties as well, great for securing and repairing things. Take a look at this for more useful info.

Camp Site Etiquette

When your planning to go camping to a camp site, one of the things you have to consider is Camping Etiquette. Campsite and camp grounds get very busy during the summer and at holiday times. So make sure you have a list of the rules that apply to your campsite.

These rules are designed to make life pleasant for everyone and ensure a great camping experience. However some rules are so obvious and apply to all camps so we’ve listed them here for your benefit and enjoyment.

1. Keep the noise level down

One of the essential things to keep in mind is noise. It seems obvious but playing loud music into the night or just partying into the early hours creates noise. It’s almost certain to create tension with other campers and that’s not good.

You’re not camping to live like a monk, so on those occasions where you do generate a bit of noise be sure to let other campers know and be flexible – party on a different date if you can.

2. Flash lights at Night

Aside from the noise, light can also be incredibly annoying so be careful when using your flashlights at night. Modern LED lights are very powerful these days so try not to point them directly at other tents.

3. Keep the campsite clean

We all create rubbish and camping creates its fair share. But aim to keep this under control. Campsites are full of trash bins and rubbish silos. Make sure you use them.
At the end of your trip, with tent folder away, take one last look around your site. Anything not packed away should be disposed of properly. Good for you and good for the next temporary resident that comes after you.

4. Take care of the environment

Much of the appeal with camping is to be part of the great outdoors. There’s nothing quite like it. All the fauna and wildlife around you needs to be treated carefully. Remember you’re just a visitor and your helping to protect the environment for everyone.

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