Camping Tents

Some family-sized tents have multiple rooms with room dividers, offering some privacy. Others are available with built on screen rooms. Or you might want to consider an independent screen house or canopy. These expand your available living space and protect you from sun, rain and in the case of screened areas, nuisance insects. Whichever Northwest Camping Tents you are looking for be sure to browse around plan it outdoors and find the best camping tents in Seattle.


Backpackers have a lot of options to consider as well. By necessity, these tents should be light, durable and compact. As with all tents, your first decision will be size. Backpacking tents are usually sized to accommodate between one and four people. The shape of your tent is important too. A-frame styles are generally fast and easy to erect but susceptible to high winds and are heavier than dome tents. A dome style design has more head room and is lighter in weight, but can withstand stronger winds. Some dome tent frame configurations can be intimidating to erect however.


Most expedition backpacking camping tents are considered to be usable in three seasons and employ mesh panels for ventilation. Winter tents require heavier construction and a particularly strong frame system. While this adds weight, it is necessary to withstand potential storms.


Many backpacking tents include a vestibule or are designed to accept an optional one. Vestibules add space to store boots and gear under protection from the elements. Using precautions for flames, fumes and condensation, a small backpacking stove can be used in a vestibule as well.


Most tent frames are constructed from aluminum, fiberglass or sometimes steel for family tents. Aluminum is lighter than steel and more durable than fiberglass. Aluminum is also more costly.


Do not forget to include some important accessories. Rope and extra stakes will come in handy for additional weather precautions. A ground cloth will help protect the tent floor, but don’t let it extend beyond the tent footprint or you’ll risk it collecting rainwater under you.


However you choose to live outdoors, Plan It Outdoors has the tent, shelter or screen house that fits your style. From backpacking and expedition tents to family and cabin models, screen houses and canopies, we’ve got it all it our Bellevue camping tents selection.

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