Most people who go camping develop a preference for a certain style of tent.
I myself prefer a cabin tent because I feel they have more room than a dome tent. I also understand how to erect a cabin tent better than a dome tent. LOL!
So today I thought the best thing I could do was a comparison for those people who want to camp but are maybe having a little bit of a problem choosing the style of tent to purchase.
Most of my camping experience is with a cabin tent. If you have a larger family or simply prefer a roomier tent, then the cabin tent is probably for you. It has straight wall construction so that you have more room to stand up, change clothes & just move around in. If you have a problem with claustrophobia, this is definitely the tent for you!
Some of the features that you may be interested in are more room, screened attached porches, privacy dividers, windows, doors, curtains, etc. You also can buy a cabin tent with attached rooms and this is also true of dome tents.
Depending on the size though, they may be a little difficult for one person to assemble & put up. They also tend to be made of heavier material like canvas and the poles are usually made of a steel compound. Therefore, the collapsed tent will be heavier.
However, in stormy weather I personally prefer a cabin tent because it has been my experience that they will withstand storms better dome tents.
Dome tents are a newer invention to the camping world & are made of aluminum alloy poles & usually a nylon type material. They are very lightweight & easy to assemble.
If you don’t have a problem with being in more confined quarters, the dome tent will probably suit your needs just fine. They are easy for one person to assemble & are lightweight enough to carry into remote areas if that is what you are looking for.
Some of the features that you may want are being lightweight, easy to assemble, easy to find 4 season (all season) tents for the person who wants to just grab & go anytime of the year.
The down side of a dome tent is they aren’t very spacious & I have seen them fill with air during a storm & be pulled up out of the ground. They will roll away in a storm like a ball!! It’s truly an amazing sight to see!
Dome tents also come with attached screened porches, added rooms, privacy dividers and come in a variety of sizes & prices. Just like cabin tents they range from as low as $50 to the sky’s the limit!!
I have been camping most of my adult life & until now I never realized how many varieties of tents there are on the market! This could make choosing a tent a very daunting task indeed!
For example, there are 1 person to 20 person tents of all shapes & sizes. There are also pup tents for a single person & pop up tents. Cabin tents, dome tents, Klondike tents, screened tents, etc.
The pop up tent looks like it can be a whole adventure of its own. It’s very easy & convenient to take out of the bag it comes in & once you take it out it just pops up & you are ready to camp! Getting it back in the bag, however, can be just a little tricky!! I watched a video on this & I strongly suggest that anyone who buys one does exactly that! Good luck to you.
I’m a list kind of person so I would write a list of requirements that me & my family would need & then go shopping online first. I might not necessarily buy online, however, that is the most convenient way to do this & shipping is usually free with a $50 or more purchase.
Investing in a healthy pastime
Buying a tent is a pretty large investment, however, it can be so rewarding. It doesn’t matter if you are going camping alone or with a large group like your family or friends, getting outdoors & spending time in nature helps you relax and recharge!
Getting fresh air and exercise is worth every penny you spend, however, the most important decision is which type of tent to buy. In order for the camping experience to be fun, you need a tent that is easy for you and your family to assemble & not take a long time to do so. That way at the end of the camping trip the family will want to do it again & again!
If you have pets that would fit into this experience, bring them with you because they will love the bonding time with their family too! And as we all know, dogs especially love to be included & love to be spoiled by the camp food!! LOL
Turning off the TV, the cell phone & getting out into nature is a very healthy way to bond with family & friends. Give it a try & you will be hooked for life!
Tent camping at it’s finest!
Whether going it alone or camping with family & friends, tent camping is the best medicine any doctor could prescribe!
We still have a lot of real estate that needs to be explored and being outside is an elemental need in all of us. There is no adventure better than sitting around a campfire making smore’s with the people you love & looking at the beauty that surrounds us.
It’s never too late to start so go shopping for that perfect tent for you & your loved ones!!!
Please feel free to ask questions & leave comments below & I will gladly respond as soon as possible!
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