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How to choose the right tent?

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At Camping Things it’s our job to do most of the considering for you. We love the outdoors, camping, hiking and having the best kit to enjoy ourselves and stay safe.

A tent is essentially a cover to keep you warm and dry, and your belongings safe, but there’s more to choosing a good tent than you might imagine. How big does it need to be? What about the ground sheet? Is it well ventilated? Can you stand up inside? Then there’s the question of materials and cost, inner and outer layers — if you’re serious about buying a tent to last, that will give you the most value for money on your camping trips, there’s a lot to consider.

Choosing the right tent

It doesn’t matter whether you’re on a designated camp site, or scaling a mountain, a decent tent is a must-have, and we’ve picked out a few of our favourites to share with you. We’ve covered:

  • Size (sometimes called ‘berth’)
  • Features
  • Materials
  • Best for (e.g. straight up camping, or a little more extreme)

Going beyond simple waterproofing and cover, our extreme tents are made for the harshest conditions. Wind, rain, sleet and snow are no match for the tents on the extreme list.

Our top 5 Best extreme adventure tents are ideal for long weekends away, mountaineering and peace of mind. We’ve picked top brands we trust, but still tried to keep costs down, and value for money high. All of the tents reviewed are low-slung and fairly elongated for maximum aerodynamics.

We pride ourselves on offering advice on only the best products, and you’re assured a great deal whichever one of these tents you choose.


Choosing the right tent doesn’t need to be difficult. We’ve done most of the hard work for you, finding and reviewing some of our favourites, based on the Camping Things team’s own experience of what to look for, what to avoid and how to make the most of your outdoor adventure.

We’ve covered one- and two-person tents, as well as extreme tents and hammock tents, for those of you who need options for when you’re staying part-way up a mountain. We understand the need to balance quality with value for money, and we strive to find the best possible options for both experienced hikers who are used to spending a long time in their tents, and casual campers, on the lookout for a safe, warm and dry tent to last through many years of family trips.

We’re all about durability, quality, performance and value, and when it comes to tents, small and large, there can be no compromise, not unless you were planning on the thing blowing away during the night.

Now lets go outside…

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