We like camping as a family for an uninterrupted quality time in nature (which has real health benefits).
For a long time, my husband and I have been camping at Pewrest. Camping means carrying everything you need, including biodegradable toilet paper, deep into the woods far from farmers, such as water and bathrooms.
One day, I’m healthy enough to tell you about our Red River Gorge camping trip and the trips coming from the Bears, but that’s another day’s story.
Horrible stories aside, if you’re ready for some acupuncture but don’t own a tent (or need an upgrade), here’s the * real * camping, performance, transportation, convenience base in our best years Are the best tents to be found. , And size.
Family Tent Selection: Searching Features
Camping changes a lot when you have a family. These are the features I’ve loved in my tents (and I remember when we tried some other models over the years):
- Without touching the edges of the tent (which is # 1!) Space for everyone to spread (which can cause leakage)
- Easy setup
- Proven brand quality
- Room for standing in the tent (nothing like this when you try to help your own children when you crawl / walk around in the middle of the night!)
- Pockets around the tent to organize small items
- A loop or fork in the middle of the tent to hang the lantern
- One-way (or two) openings for power cord / chargers
- Excellent ventilation (because warm, smelly tent is not fun for anyone)
- A great raincoat to cover the area with an overhang or screen room where we take off our shoes. We also have weather proofs outside the tent or two extra gears but within reach.
The Best Tents for Family Camping: Our Overview
In most camping scenarios, a family camping tent is essentially just a base tent to hold gear and sleep. Unless the weather requires it, you don’t usually live in a tent, but around a campfire.
We’ve tested a lot of tents over the years with all sorts of camps set up, and I’ll break down my favorite selection below.
Important note on the size of the tent
Many tents list according to the number of people they have: 4 people, 6 people.
It is obviously based on the number of people sleeping shoulder to shoulder like a sardine (without moving in the mother’s bag). It is not necessary to indicate the number of babies and mothers trying to sleep comfortably with a nursing baby or adult men of full size!
Also, the size depends to some extent on the temperature. If you are camping in hot weather, you need more space for air flow. If you are camping in the cold, you want a more limited tent to keep warm.
For our purposes, we strive to find the perfect balance between a large size to fit us all while still a light task. In most cases, we have chosen to move the tent a little harder and harder, which makes sleeping easier. Because I will sacrifice the increase instead of the night.
For car camping, all stakes are closed and we usually choose a large tent with plenty of space to roam.
Best Lightweight Tents for Backpacking
Full size family tents are quite heavy (like 40+ pounds! Heavy!). It’s not very common, but when you carry several gallons of water, 40+ pounds of gear, and even a baby, it’s tough!
In order to increase camping, we have found that many small lightweight tents have moved out of a larger tent for a variety of reasons.
- Total weight is still low
- Multiple people can take a small tent instead of being stuck with one person’s whole thing (a good time to use my favorite parenting rule)
- There are many sleeping arrangements: children in one tent, parents in another, or parents with children in multiple tents.
Our older kids especially appreciate the increased privacy of their sleeping area, so consider this option if camping with teens.
Backpacking Tent for Families: Our Choice
For backpacking, we prefer many of these small lightweight tents to larger ones.
Each weighs less than 6 pounds and is set up in less than 5 minutes. They also fall small and are so easy for older children to set up and carry.
The quality is also excellent and they lasted for us for a long time.
My teenagers also like this tent from the same tent because it is open to the open air on both sides.
Quick Family Tent for Quick Up Setup
For car camping or night hiking, when size and weight are not an issue, we prefer tent-tents that are easy to install. Growing up, my parents had an amazing canvas tent with a metal pole. It lasted forever, but it was too heavy and hard to set up.
Modern tent designs are the best in both worlds, easy to set up tents. These tents can be set up in 30 seconds to two minutes and would be great for camping with family or groups.
Quick Setup Tent for Families: Our Picks
This huge 11 person tent is ready in a minute and is easy to take down! It’s a bit heavy so it won’t be a choice for backpacks or hiking but it’s great for other types of camping.
It would also be a great tent to have an overflow space with an RV.
- Enough Roman for all of us
- Pass through cords and chargers
- Extended screen room for wet shoes = out of sight, and some “things”. Also, double insurance against children who zip up the tent and let mosquitoes in!
- Some of the tent pads in the campgrounds are too big – but we do it
- May not be suitable for strong winds or severe weather conditions
We had a tent for these little ones from the same brand and loved them. This is also fixed in about a minute. It has great ventilation and is big enough to fit two queen size mattresses (although really, mattresses are completely deceptive camping!).
The best budget friendly traditional tent for families
The previous tents above are really budget friendly but if you want a big tent that doesn’t break the budget, here are some great options.
Our friends have this tent of 8 people and if we had a small family we would put it in the heartbeat!
The tent features great ventilation (and a view of the stars) with its wide mesh roof panels. It also comes with solid raincoat for best weather protection, making it a versatile and comfortable family tent that costs ڈالر 200 (and on sale at the time of this post).
The best hanging tent
We almost didn’t include it because it’s so unusual, but we love the tent hanging from our tent. Think hammock + tent in one!
This is not an average camping tent and it is very large Expensive, but we like it. It has some great adventures and is suitable for places where there is no level ground for camping or it is safer to be out of the ground.
We also leave it in the backyard all year round and it serves as an extra comfortable hangout spot for reading, school work or camping out in the backyard. It’s almost like having a tree house without knowing how to build a house.
Other camping gear we like
I’m working on a comprehensive post of camping gear for our tents and RVs, but in the meantime, our other favorite things that always go with us when we camp:
- Super bright LED collapsible camping lanterns – bright enough to light the tents, light enough, and safe for kids to use on bathroom trips at night. It’s also easy to pack and compact. We love them! (We also keep them around our house when the power goes out.)
- Hanging a tent lantern with a ceiling fan with lots of people in the tent, this little fan helps keep the air circulating and gives everyone just enough light to get ready for bed.
- Portable Solar Powered Inflatable Light & Cell Charger While I try not to buy plastic, this is one of the best camping purchases we’ve ever made for camping with kids. If they are backpacking, they take up no space and are easy to carry around for kids and babies or as a lantern. It also works like an extra battery pack. Just put it outside your car or in the window to recharge.
- Backpacks and survival gear for every baby – because mom and dad can’t carry everything! We also like that each child has their own whistle, compass and emergency gear (which of course we show them how to use before they go out).
Do you have a family camp? Do you have any favorite tent features or camping gear reviews that I should include? Let me know in the comments!