Is there anything better than camping outside under the beautiful South African night sky? There is in fact, camping outside under the beautiful South African night sky in an awesome tent.

But how does one go about choosing a tent? I think the first and most important place to start is to know how many people will be sleeping in the tent. Will backpacks and gear stay inside or out? Everyone wants a camping tent that is light and spacious. The challenge for you is that weight and space fight against each other. The roomier the camping tent, the heavier it is. If you need a two-person tent for backpacking or bike-camping, choose one that is four pounds or less.

Camping tent height is another factor to take into consideration and is measured from the ground up to the top of the tent’s exterior. To calculate interior height, subtract 2 or 3 inches from the stated “peak height.” 3 feet and 6 inches is usually enough to be able to sit up inside the tent.

Unlike the common double wall tents that feature a main section and rain-fly, single wall designs do away with the rain-fly. Single wall tents are extremely light but tend to allow more condensation, meaning the walls may dampen with your own body vapour. If you choose a single-wall camping tent, make sure that it has good venting.

While one door is of course enough, two might minimize night time jostling when you or your friend crawl outside to respond to the call of nature. An extra door does, however, add extra weight and cost to the camping tent. Your camping tent supplier will be able to help you.

With all these in mind, you are now ready to make an informed decision on which tent is best for you and your family.

Happy Camping!

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