When you’re just camping out in the backyard or by yourself, you don’t need a fancy tent with LED lights, an electric charging station, or any other bells and whistles.
All you need is a basic, entry-level tent for you to sleep on. While there are hundreds of these tents out there, we’ve found two that are great for the most basic camping trips:
Kelty Discovery 2-Person Tent
- 75D Polyester.
- Packed Weight: 7lb 8oz / 3.4kg.
- Minimum Weight: 6lb 9oz / 2.98kg.
- Floor Area: 32ft2 / 2.9m2.
- Dimensions: (l x w x h): 88″ x 52″ x 43″.
This standard tent is a lightweight, versatile tent with mesh lining at the top to let air in to keep you cool. If it rains, you can attach the full rain fly with a vestibule to keep you dry.
This tent isn’t anything fancy, but it is a high quality, basic tent that’ll get the job done.
Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL3 mtnGLO
- Constructed of breathable nylon and polyester mesh.
- Durable and flexible light source integrated into the seams of the tent.
- The steep wall construction makes for an expanded living space.
- Simply push a button to activate three different setting choices.
- All seams on tent are lined with waterproof tape to keep inclement weather out.
This tent will fit two adults comfortably and three adults snugly. It does have two internal media pockets for handling electronic devices and it is compatible with an add-on feature known as the SL3 mtnGLO Footprint, which is just a fancy term for lighting.
Like the Discover tent, this tent does nothing fancy or extreme, but it does provide comfort and durability for the everyday camping trip.
Best Tents for the Family
If you’re camping with the family, then your basic, bare-bones tent is probably not going to cut it. Instead, you’ll want a larger, slightly more luxurious tent – perhaps with some amenities you might not otherwise think about. We’ve found a number of camping tents for the family and these were our favorite:
Docking Station by The North Face
- Dry entry.
- Maximized interior space.
- High-low ventilation for better breathability.
- Hubbed poles and color-coded webbing make for quick, easy setup.
- Fully seam-taped canopy and floor.
Kingdom 8 by REI
- The Flying Diamond series of shelters are much more than standard tents.
- They are Everest base camp dining rooms.
- Big Agnes’ biggest base camping design.
- All-season two room condo with plenty of space to stretch out and relax.
- Trail Weight: 22 lb 6oz.
The garage attachment is definitely something to consider, and it adds a nice additional space to get some shade from the hot sun or protection from harsh winter winds.
Despite it’s size the tent is easy to set up too, a family of four can be setup in just minutes.
Best Oversized Tents
What do we mean by oversized? We’re talking about the massive, large-scale tents that can comfortable sleep 8+ people. These tents often have all the bells and whistles, and they’re the tents you use when you’re looking for the ultimate comfort and luxury when you’re camping. There aren’t nearly as many of these tents, but we’ve still managed to find some of the best.
Slumberjack Grand Lodge Eight Person Tent
- 40D Polyester.
- Packed Weight: 39lb 2oz.
- Minimum Weight: 36lb 5oz.
- Dimensions: (l x w x h): 156″ x 144″ x 89″.
- Pole Type: Steel / Fiberglass.
In total, there is 156 square feet of space, and the ceiling is high enough for most adults to stand up to change clothes, pack, arrange sleeping bags, and move around. A rain fly can be thrown on top of the tent to protect you from rain and snow.
Due to its’ enormous size, the tent weighs an astounding 39 pounds when packed. Overall, the tent is well-ventilated and well constructed and it’s reasonably priced given its’ size.
Barebones Outfitter Tent
- 120 square feet and well ventilated.
- Custom poly/nylon fabric that doesn’t require chemical treatment.
- Front door has a wide panoramic opening with magnetic closing screen door.
- Strong frame holds up to 1000 lbs. of weight.
- 6′ walls and 9′ ceiling means you have room to breath and store your gear.
Custom waterproof fabric, screened winds, and doors provide excellent ventilation, while front and back doors provide easy access.
An attachable floor, all-weather cover, zippered mesh windows, and magnetically closing front door are all included with the tent, and a stove port allows you to keep heat in and smoke out all year long.
The Barebones Outfitter tent brings camping to a whole new level, and you’ll find that sleeping in a tent has never been more comfortable than a night in the Outfitter.