Interior volume: To assess tent volume, visit a store, ask to set up a tent and hop inside. If shopping online, study the pitch of its walls. If the walls angle steeply toward the tent's ceiling, you're probably looking at a weight-efficient tent (great!) that offers only modest interior volume (the tradeoff). The following can also help you size up a tents interior space and overall livability: Floor dimensions (floor plan): Length and width measurements offer a rough idea of floor size. Many tents dont have perfectly rectangular floors, so you might see dimensions like 85 x 51/43 (L x W head/foot). A tapered floor provides needed room for shoulders and arms, while also saving weight by having a narrower foot. Floor area: This number indicates total square footage of floor-level space. While helpful for comparison between tents, this number alone wont tell you how efficiently the space is laid out. side view of tent Peak height: Generally, a greater peak height indicates a roomier interior. Peak height, though, is measured at a single spot inside a tent, so it still cant tell you how livable a tent is. side view of tent Wall shape: This is an even bigger factor in head and shoulder roomand overall tent livabilitythan peak height. The more vertical the walls, the more "livable" space can be found inside a tent. Tent Rainfly Rainfly color: Light, bright fly colors transmit more light inside, making the interior brighter. That will make a tent feel more spacious and make it a more pleasant place to be if a storm keeps you tentbound for an extended time. Doors: Tent designers focus on door shape, zippers and other adjustments, but the most important question is: How many? Its nice when every sleeper has a door. Choosing a multiperson tent with a single door, though, cuts weight and cost. Vestibules. These rainfly extensions offer sheltered storage for boots and other gear. An oversized floor area would offer the same advantage, but it would also create a heavier tent. Most tents have vestibules and their size is included in the specs. Bigger is better, but cavernous vestibules can add weight and cost.
,/p> Tent Rainfly Ventilation: You exhale moisture as you sleep, so your tent needs features that prevent condensation buildup. Thus you want mesh windows or panels, along with zip panels to close over them when too much cold air creeps in. Some tents have rainfly vents that can be opened or closed. Rainfly adjustability is essential, both for ventilation and for gazing at stars or witnessing the sunrise.Tent Setup: Before heading out to the wilderness, set up your tent at home the first time. A freestanding tent means the tent can stand without the use of stakes, which speeds setup and makes a tent easy to repositionjust lift and move it to a new spot. Most tents are freestanding for this reason, though non-freestanding tents can be lighter because the pole structure doesnt have to be as robust. Additional tent setup features: Tent Pole Hub Pole hubs: The beauty of hubs is that they take the guesswork out of assembly. You take the folded pole sections out of the bag and unfurl the skeleton, seating segments as you go. Smaller cross poles might be separate from the hub, but those are easily identified after the main pole assembly is complete. The other major benefit of hubs is that they increase a tents strength and stability. Tent Clips Pole clips: Poles connect to tent canopies via clips, sleeves or a combination of the two. Pole sleeves fabric tension provides a stronger pitch, but threading poles through them can be a challenge. Pole clips are lighter and easier to attach. They also allow more airflow underneath the rainfly, which reduces condensation. Color Coded corners Color coding: This helps you quickly orient each pole tip to the correct tent corner and helps you find which sleeves or clips go with which pole sections. Backpacking tents use high-strength, low-weight aluminum poles. Over the years aluminum poles have maintained strength while engineers have reduced weight by incrementally shrinking diameter and wall thickness. You often see DAC (Dongah Aluminum Corp.) in specs because this company is the worlds pre-eminent pole maker. You might also see a 6,000-series or a slightly stronger 7,000-series aluminum listed. Tent fabrics and denier: A wide range of specialized nylons and polyesters are used in tents and, like poles, the technology evolves rapidly. One spec you might see, regardless of fabric, is denier (D), the fabric yarns weight (in grams) based on a 9,000-meter length of the yarn. Higher numbers indicate more rugged fabrics, while lower deniers are found in more lightweightand less durablefabrics. Dont compare denier unless fabrics are identical, though, because you wont be accounting for inherent differences in fabric properties. Tip: If you feel compelled to delve into specs, focus on the poles. The strongest tents will likely have top-grade poles in a hubbed pole set. Or simply look at the seasonal rating, because thats influenced by the strength of the poles and fabrics in a tent. Material weights, of both the poles and the fabrics, will be reflected by the minimum weight for the overall tent. A personalized tent camping checklist is a handy tool for novice campers to get an idea of what basic equipment is necessary to enjoy tent camping.
,/p> It is also useful for seasoned campers to ensure that important camping gear does not get left behind. This list is both an organizing and a brainstorming tool. Campers will want to customize it to their own situation and personal preferences. Feel free to create your own, selecting items from the list below and adding new ones.Essential and optional gear are listed in separate columns, so novice campers don't forget anything important and can also identify items to add to their camping kit over time.
,/p> Some of the optional gear is highly recommended, depending on season, weather and comfort. A camping food checklist greatly help campers organize meals. Clothing, hiking & related equipment Comfortable & seasonal outdoor clothing Long pantsTennis shoes or hiking boots for walking Hooded sweatshirt Fleece jacket Raingear Umbrella Swimsuit Hat Bandanna Sunglasses Backpack Walking stick Binoculars Compass or GPS
,/p> Whistle Bear Spray Survival blanket Cooking and Eating Supplies Camping stove, LP gas, matches Fry pan or skillet, cover, spatula. Cooking pot or pan, cover, stirring spoon Coffee pot Can opener Aluminum foil Spray oil Paper towels Plates & glasses or cups Bowls Knives, forks, spoons Napkins (paper towels) Freshwater container Bucket Plastic garbage bags Twist ties Drinking water Firewood Firestarter Matches Pie irons Dutch oven Solar oven Gas grill Charcoal grill Charcoal Lighter fluid Roasting sticks or fork Roasting or grilling basket Pot lifter or spondonicle Camp kitchen Coffee mug Soup bowl(s) Kitchen knife Meat fork Serving bowl and plate Corkscrew Measuring cups and spoons Meat thermometer Pizza cutterCloth for picnic table Washing tub, dish soap, towel Resealable plastic bags Coffee maker Ice cream maker Hygiene and medical supplies Soap Towel Toilet paper Shampoo Shaving kit Toothbrush and paste Shower footwear Antisceptic: Rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, iodine etc. Antibacterial soap or wipes Hand sanitizer Bandaids Gauze roll and tape (or duct tape) Elastic compression bandage roll (Ace bandage) Deodorant Pain medication Shower tent Solar shower Miscellaneous camping equipment Campground directions and map Camping chairs Flashlight Pocket knife Mosquito repellent Sunscreen Frisbee, ball, cards, games, etc. Fishing kit
,/p> Headlamp Camping lantern Glowsticks Radio Camera Batteries Clothes line Clothes pins (handy for securing items) Bungie cords Scissors Baking soda (handy for cleaning, toothpaste, etc.) Multi tool Hatchet Bow saw Hand shovel Plastic storage containers Folding table Outdoor electrical extension cord Air conditioner FanInverter (12 volt to 120 volt) Reading material Sleeping gear and tent Sleeping bag Air mattress and inflator (or) Self-inflating sleeping pad Tent rainfly poles stakes guylines groundcloth hammer Plastic tarp Blankets Pillows Sweatpants Ski mask (for cool evenings) Camping cot Hand broom and dustpan Tent fan Bungee cord Parachute cord Carabiners Duct tape Pole repair kit Tent fabric repair kit Seam sealer Sheet plastic Screen house Door mat Carpet remnant for tent floor
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