While many people are excited about going out in the open and camping, many of them are not aware of how to prepare for it. Staying in a tent is a great choice to explore the environment, while surrounded by a comfortable atmosphere.
Preparing an appropriate tent is the most important thing about camping outside and you need to be really careful about buying the right tent for your needs. The market is flooded with numerous models of tents, so it requires some knowledge to choose the appropriate one for you.
Decide the Right Size
The size of the tent is one of the major considerations you have to make while going for a new tent. Since only one person is going to stay, you can decide this as per the need and equipment the person requires to keep within the tent. Even though your requirement is a one person tent, it is better to go for a twin sharing one as the sizes given in the advertisements can be exaggerated and misleading. Following are few tips for preparing a tent as per your required size:
- Allocate a minimum of 25 square feet of ground space for a single person or a little more for longer trips.
- Prepare the length and width as per the actual size of the person: for a 6 feet tall person, you need to keep a space of at least 7 feet and an approximate width of 2.5 feet, which comes to 17.5 square feet of space.
- Allocate space for clothing in your tent and keep enough space to sit up properly. A 32 square feet per person is an ideal size for a tent.
- Keep an adequate height inside the tent, a 6 to 7 foot maximum height is goof for adults and 4 foot is enough for children.
Select the Shape of Tent
Generally tents come in four main shapes; Dome or geodesic, A-frame, wall and umbrella. Square floor shaped tents are ideal for one person stay and also keeping stuff. Dome tent is also good for single person; however you need to arrange additional space for keeping large things. Sufficient doors and windows are prime concerns for tents, especially for summers and humid conditions; generous ventilation in the tent is a must.
Fixing Tent Poles Properly
Normally tents come with poles in fibreglass or aluminium which are linked with an elastic chord. If a single person is staying in a tent and the stay is short you might not need too many poles but only one for the centre. The pivoted joints of the tents are prone to get damaged if you are applying extra force to fix them. It is advisable to have a test try of setting up the tent before you actually do it at the camp site.
Select a Good Fabric and Test the Zippers
If you are staying in a tent alone then safety and security should be the top priority, especially after dark. Most of the tents today are made in nylon material, and it is important to have breathable material for the walls and coated waterproof material for floor and fly. Make sure to check the zippers of the tent beforehand to ensure that they can be opened and closed freely as you will be alone and not have any helping hand in case the zippers don’t work properly later.
While you are going for camping it is advisable to be aware of the weather conditions and choose a tent that is appropriate for the climatic conditions.