The size of your family and the number of kids you have will play a major part in the tent that you choose. A large family camping tent is usually best as you'll benefit from having more room than not enough.
Tents that are specifically designed for families usually have more than one room to them allowing you to have a sleeping space as well as decent living spaces. This concept is crucial if you are camping with young children.
Or some families, probably those with older children would rather use the separate rooms as designated sleeping areas, allowing the kids to have one room and the parents to have the other, giving everyone much needed privacy.
Given the size of the large family camping tent, you'll find the ceiling in them is quite high ensuring you can easily move around the tent, and also prevents children from feeling closed in. They may already be feeling a little apprehensive about their first camping experience, so a tent that feels like home as opposed to a small dome is always going to help appease them.
They are usually very durable, as they are made of tough materials ensuring they last a long time. Your initial outlay will be quite an investment.
They provide you with an indoor space away from flies and the sun when required.
They also act as a shelter from rain.
Assembly can be more time consuming than a smaller tent. And unlike smaller tents there will be loads of bits and pieces such as poles that need to be put together.
Therefore you need to ensure that you get to your destination in daylight, allowing you plenty of time to set up the tent. You need to ensure both parents are capable of doing this as it will require more than one adult to assemble.
Unfortunately it is even more crucial that it is dissembled correctly. We have personally witness much frustration when families don't dissemble correctly and they cannot fit the tent back in its storage bag.
Finally due to the size of the tent you'll generally find they do take up a lot of storage room and can be quite heavy. All of these factors need to be taken into consideration when making your purchase.
So when the time comes to go out and pick your families future camping tent, consider what is of utmost importance to you.
Write a list of things to consider such as:
Then rate them 1 to 10 in order of how important they are to you. Both parents should do this and compare.
If you have older children, get them to complete this activity too. You'll soon know what tent is best for you.
Once you've decided on this, visit you're local camping store. Take the whole family with you, keeping in mind you want to know how much room you have when everyone is in there.
Once you make a purchase have a test run setting it up in the backyard, ensuring everyone knows what their responsibility is when they arrive at the camp.
This will eliminate frustration if things don't go 100% to plan. You want to enjoy your camping experience and not get caught up in the little things.
And finally enjoy your tent, it plays a major part in setting the scene for your family camping holiday, whether it be for sleeping, relaxing or play, take the time to appreciate what it has to offer.