Buying your first tent? Things to Keep in Mind…

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Going for a camping trip?

The first thing to do is to buy a tent. Getting  a suitable tent can be a fun task if you know what to look for. Let us help you get started!

Money Matters

Buy a tent based on your budget. Your tent is an investment, but that doesn’t mean you need to spend lavishly on them. Like all investments, do some research and shop within your budget,

How Light can you Go?

Travelling light sounds sexy and cool. If you are doing multi-day hikes, every gram saved will be felt. If you have a vehicle (or a pack mule), you might find weight less of a consideration as opposed to size or price. Buy a tent keeping in mind the kind of trip you’re planning for.

Next comes the Size

How much space do you need?  How many people will be on your trip? Will there be any items to store inside? As a general rule get a tent that accommodates one more than your group size. If you are a 2-person team, buy a 3-person tent. This will give you more space to move around.  A 2-person tent might just fit 2 people side by side but not much room for packs or boots.

Seasoned Tent

Think about the season you will be hiking and pick according to the weather conditions. There are four types:  2-season, 3-season, 3-4-season, 4-season tents.

A 2-season tent is generally used  in fair  weather conditions and cannot withstand even the slightest of the winds. However, a 3-season tent is much more durable, and better suited where you expect  rain and wind.

3-4 season tents are much stronger than their predecessor and have been tested underextreme weather conditions.

The 4-season tent is the all rounder. It can be used in any time of the year and is suited for any weather condition.

Tent Features

Finally, the frills. Choose a tent with aluminium poles-you might come across many fiberglasss poles, tempting you with its low cost and light weight. But, remember, glass is breakable. .

You need a cover to protect yourself from the rain and so does your tent. Opt for a tent with a rainfly. They are waterproof and should be large enough such that they fall over the sides of the tent.

Ensure that your tent has a floor made of waterproof material to be more comfortable on damp or wet ground.. You should also pay attention to the seams. A well-seamed tent protects you against the elements that much better.

A quality tent provides protection from the elements and insects, is easily stored in your pack, and should last for years to come. Invest wisely and have fun!

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Patrick
have been doing outdoor activities solo since my early adulthood. Usually when I get involved in a hobby or sport, I don’t let go until I achieve a high level and understanding of the sport. I got my scuba instructors in 2001. In 2006 I took up Kite surfing and am one level away from instructor on kite surfing. I have been doing trips into the wild, the off the beaten path trips for most of my life. I learned to repel and climb at a young age and have always enjoyed camping and backpacking. Over the 6+ years, I have gotten really involved in alpine style mountaineering. With certifications in mountaineering, and instructor certifications in lead climbing, and repelling (abseiling), I enjoy sharing or knowledge and teaching to those who have a passion for outdoors. Now I am working on completing the outdoor wilderness leadership program. People have always heard of my trips, and spoke with envy that they wanted to try such things but didn’t know how. This has inspired me to move to open this company. The Wildfire Expedition Company or “Wildfire Expeditions”