Something else you will notice is the waterproof rating, which is
known as the hydrostatic head and you will see that some only say 2000mm going up to
around 5000mm. Obviously, the higher this number means the more waterproof it is
going to be.
Also most tents are made from polyester, but these days they are usually with a PU coating
and many have a UV protection as well, which means that even if you are going camping in
France or some other country that is prone to some very sudden and heavy downpours, then
bright clear skies and gorgeous sun, the tent will last far longer and be far more
Now you may have been looking and realised that some tents have fixed bedroom
compartments, whereas others are put up individually within the main structure, and this
is what we preferred the idea of. The reason for this is that you have greater
flexibility depending on whether you are going on holiday just as a family or if you are
going with friends as well, especially when the children want to take a friend along!
But when we were last on holiday in France we didn't
need to put one compartment up, and so we used that space as a complete kitchen area, and
that way it still kept the living area free for a table, chairs, etc. This provided
us with a lot more room, especially considering we had three horrendous thunderstorms in
our two weeks away, and with this point of bad weather in mind, because of the extra
space, it still meant we could cook, relax, have a glass of wine
and eat in comfort without getting wet!!
When we were looking at what type of tent to get that would be sensible for us, we
realised that after starting to check some of the bedroom sizes, they were not actually
big enough for air beds, only those horrible roll out camping beds and not being spring
chickens, we did not fancy having a hard mat or being virtually on the floor!
To give you an idea, the bedroom compartment our daughter used could fit two single
airbeds in it, or one double airbed in with a little space left for a few clothes, books,
etc, and of course it would also fit the proper camping beds as well. Yet in theory
it is supposed to sleep four adults! So be very cautious and check all the
measurements properly before you purchase your tent, or you could be in for a shock!
You are usually supplied with a small repair kit, guy ropes and some tent pegs, so that
you can secure your tent. But to be honest, there never seem to be enough pegs and
we would recommend that you get some additional tent pegs and some extra strong ones along
with a rubber mallet. You will definitely need a rubber mallet to bash the pegs into
the ground if you are arriving at a campsite where the ground is so hard and dry, like
when we went camping in Brittany France, as this is a popular
area with a lot of lovely weather. But do not forget to get the tool that removes
the tent pegs (called a peg extractor) when you need to pack up, or you will be struggling
and could end up having to ask for help, or worse, cutting the guy ropes!
Now thinking again about extra pegs.. When you purchase a brand new tent there is
usually a ground sheet supplied and sometimes these are already fitted to the living area
but other groundsheets are loose. And with the one we got, it was not attached, so
we found that having a few extra tent pegs was very usual for keeping the groundsheet in
place, but you can also purchase special pegs designed purely for groundsheets.
Also, if you are thinking of going abroad for your holiday, like we often go on camping holidays in France, then the weather can be very
warm and of course a tent will get very hot inside. However, many of the tents do
have air vents to allow for circulation, but we found that having a tent that not only has
vents you could open and close, but also an entrance on two different sides is even better
for allowing the air flow on a very hot day.
Now, for the very last point before we finish, most tents will come with mesh vents or fly
nets for protection against bugs and the dreaded mosquitoes, but you can also get fly nets
that can quickly be fixed to the doors so that you will still have air coming through
without having to have the doors open. But some tents you can purchase such as the
Outwell also have porches as an additional extra, which is a fantastic idea for just
keeping smelly trainers or other items outside, but also great when unzipping the tent to
get in when it is absolutely pelting down with rain.