Your family cabin tent will be your home away from home and you expect the structure to be secure, well built and offer protection from the elements – wind, rain and sun. When looking for your cabin tent you also want to find the intersection where value meets quality.
As the name implies, a family cabin tent is a tent large enough to house your family when you venture into the great outdoors. Cabin tents have internal dividers that can be zipped up to split the tented area into rooms or removed to allow for one large tent. The diameter of these tents vary depending on the number of rooms included in the tent. The wall and ceiling height of cabin tents is similar to those of large frame tents.
Benefits of family cabin tents.
- A large cabin tent has obvious advantages over smaller tents. Having all campers together under one roof can be a lot more fun for the entire family. It can also mean that mom and dad will get a better nights sleep knowing everyone is safe and accounted for; parents can be certain there children don’t wander off in the night unescorted.
- If the weather turns rainy, one of the rooms can be turned into a family room to gather and play games.
- Other uses for a large family camping tent are when multiple families get together for a family reunion. A family cabin tent could accommodate two families.
- No need to purchase and set up two smaller tents.
- Plenty of room to stow your belongings.
Things to consider when buying a cabin tent.
What size tent do you need?
When deciding on the size of your cabin tent the number of people who will be housed in the tent is the first consideration. Take that number and add more room for stowing your belongings. So if you are planning on having 6 sleepers in your tent you might want a tent that would accommodate seven to eight campers.
The height of the tent should also be considered, especially if you have some tall family members.
If several rooms are what you are looking for the Swiss Gear Family Dome Tent can be divided into as many as four rooms and has a ceiling height of seven feet at it’s peak. Having an extra room when the weather turns foul, or it is just to darn hot to be outside, can be a real bonus. There will be room enough to have the kids entertained with some inside camping activities.
Does the tent have storage compartments?
Many tents have pockets and storage lockers built into them allowing you to store your clothing and other personal items.
Ease of pitching the tent
Are the set up instructions clear and easy to follow? Some tents have color coded tent poles which helps reduce the amount of time it takes to pitch the tent. This feature alone can help keep harmony within the family. If this is a priority for you and yours check out the Coleman Instant Tent. As the name implies it goes up in and instant.
Weathering the Elements
Does the tent come with a seam sealer or will that be an additional purchase? Your tents seams should be sealed each season. Is there an adequate rain fly to keep the tent dry in the event of rain? Sturdy construction and solid staking of the tent will keep your tent standing when strong winds blow.
Circulation and Ventilation
How many doors, windows and vents does the tent have? Entering a tent that feels like an oven can be most unpleasant. At night, when sleeping, a cool breeze will be appreciated too.
Storage and Tote Bag
A well built bag for storage and transport will make breaking camp much nicer. Especially if the bag is large enough to get the tent back into! The Cougar Flats 2 includes a tote bag that can be expanded for ease of repacking your tent. This durable bag is also set on wheels.
The best quality tents will include all of these things. Finding one at a great price makes it all the sweeter.
So why do we need a tent and why do we go camping?
We go camping to get closer to nature and to each other. We camp to get away from the day to day requirements of our lives and recharge. We camp to get away from all the technology that has taken over our lives.
Camping can bring sanity to our frazzled minds and harmony to our relationships that have become, like the rest of our lives, routine.
Tent camping is so primal. It offers the least amount of barriers between us and the elements. It gives us some needed protection and at the same time the feeling of being only a thin veneer away from the outdoors and a closeness to nature that sleeping at home cannot provide.
The best thing about your family cabin tent is, of course, your family – or whoever you choose to share your space with. All the features in the world can’t compare to that.
To find a great place to take your new cabin tent check out the State Parks site here.
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