As the sun starts to show its face more and more, the idea of grabbing a family tent and camping out for a night, a weekend or even a week with the family becomes more appealing.
We checked out everything that’s necessary for keeping the family comfortable when in the great British outdoors this summer, here are the family tents, sleeping bags we recommend and some you should stay well clear of!
Family Tents 101
Most tents, whether 2-man, 4-man or 10-man will fit said amount of people in with little room to spare for bags, food etc. so we always recommend going for a tent with space to fit 2 more than you need. Trust us, it will be worth it!
Transporting and Pitching
Most family tents will weight a good few kgs and will fit easily in the boot of a car. Newer tents are made with lighter materials and can fit into an incredible small bag, however these are often a little more expensive and aimed at serious campers.
Although pitching a tent with the whole family can be fun, younger children may not have the patience for fiddly bits and pieces whereas older children usually love the challenge and achievement of setting up. If you are worried pitching up a tent Which? includes details on ease of pitching in thier reviews.
Our Recommended 5 Family Tents
If you are keen for some communal living then this Teepee style can be great fun. There will be a fair biot of crouching for the adults but it is definitely a winner with children! Due to its design it can also be set up very quickly and dual layers give it great water resistance.
A good great choice for a family of 6 , this tent comes with 3 sleeping compartments so a little bit of privacy is available. The central area can be used to store things and in the day the opening flap doubles as a sunroof. Setup is straight forward and high quality materials give absolute water resistance.
Coleman tents have a fine reputation in the camping world for high quality design and durability. This 5-man tent offers one sleeping area and a large domed communal area, probably a little small for a family of five, however would be a good investment for a family of three or four.
For the larger family this tent gives plenty of space, offering four separate sleeping compartments with a possibility of a fifth sleeping area. The tent is remarkably easy to pitch considering it’s size, however we recommend that at least two adults put it up. There are internal windows throughout the inside to keep it light and the sunroof entrance offers some outside shade. The tent offers good value for bigger families or joint camping trips.
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