One reason why camping is such a popular summertime hobby is that it requires little investment to get started. Sure, there is an entire world of  interesting gear awaiting those who develop a true passion for the pastime. However, novice campers can head to the great outdoors with relatively few expenses. A lot of simple camping gear can even be rented.

If you do decide to begin buying your own gear, a tent will likely be one of the first items on your list. If you’re not sure how to go about tent shopping, or if you don’t even know what to look for in a good tent, then this article is for you. Here are a few factors worth taking into account:

1. Intended conditions.

Different tents are made with different purposes and weather conditions in mind. Some are made to be breezy and cool for the summer heat; others are insulated for winter warmth. Certain tents are specially designed to withstand the wind and rain, while others will be built for milder weather. Taking a moment to consider which conditions you will use your tent in will help you narrow down your search considerably.

2. Brand and model.

Here at Saco River Camping Area, we are not affiliated with any tent manufacturers, and we will refrain from giving any specific recommendations in this regard. Besides, tent quality can vary between models just as much between brands, so there’s no substitute for doing a bit of sleuthing and internet homework. has a nice tent review forum that you may find helpful.

3. Portability. 

Weight and size are worth taking into account, especially if you anticipate carrying your tent around as you travel.

4. Size and capacity.

Tents vary by square footage and by the number of rooms they contain. Asking yourself how many campers you will normally be traveling with can help prevent you from overpaying for an oversized tent.

5. Cost.

Obviously, everyone is on a budget — take our advice and set your budget before you begin shopping, or you might get carried away!


Already looking forward to your next camping trip? Visit Saco River online today to start planning!