Who doesn’t love long term camping? There is something unique about going out of your everyday monotonous life and have a quiet and calm time in nature. With all these aspects in mind, it becomes confusing to choose the right long term camping tent to best fit your needs. Here we have outlined 10 of the best that you can buy right now for all-season camping.
1.The Number of People
This is probably one of the most important aspects there is. You should be sure about how many people will be using the tent. If you are a single camper, you can always opt for a tent that is small and easy to carry around. But for someone who has a family then you might be needing something much bigger. Typically tents come in a size of 2 or 4 or their multiple sizes. So, depending on your need, you can choose the right sized tent for yourself.
While buying tents, this is one of the factors that you should keep in mind. Tent seasonality means for which season your tent is best suited. Tents are ranging from 1-2 seasons, 3-4 seasons, and exact 4 seasons tents.
Needless to say, a 4 seasons tent is much more expensive compared to the 1-2 seasons tent. However, you need to determine in which season you tend to go camping and buy accordingly rather than buying the 4 seasons one.
3.Style of the Tent
This is another important determining factor for many. There are mainly two types of tent styles that are most widely in use. They are the cabin style one and the dome style one. The cabin style one helps with overall accommodation as it increases the overall living space.
However, if camp in extreme weather conditions, we suggest you go with the dome-style one as it will provide you with better protection against torrential climate.
Check for how many poles are there in the tent. The more poles there are, the more secure it will be. However, having more poles is not always a good thing. The higher number of poles will mean that setting up and wrapping the tent would be an added hassle as well as compromising its portability.
People often tend to ignore the floor of the tent with screened porches while making a purchase for long term camping. However, this is also a very important part of a tent and quite frankly, there is no way you should be ignoring this. Depending on your usage and camping place, the floor can be of different materials and different features. For example, if you are someone who goes camping in the mountains, you need to have a tent whose floor is padded so that you do not have any issues while sitting or sleeping on the tent floor. Again, if you go long term camping somewhere where there is torrential weather, you need to have a tent whose floor is water-resistant.
6.Ventilation and Doors
This is also something you should think of while choosing your tent. If you are especially keen on camping in summer, you would want a tent that is well ventilated. You need to understand that a tent is like a portable home and it is covered with canvas. When exposed to sunlight for a long time, there is a high probability that the inside of the tent will become very hot. If you do not have a proper ventilation system, it might become very hard for you to stay inside on a humid and hot sunny day. And if you camp often with your family, you should go for tents that have multiple door options. You might need to get out of your tent at night or when someone is sleeping. To avoid tripping and unnecessary hassle, you should opt for a multi-door tent.
Portability plays a huge factor in camping. Sure, you are opting for a tent that is lightweight and can be easily carried around. You might go camping with a large group or alone but either way, a bulky tent will simply add up in your carriage. We suggest you take into consideration factors like seasons, the number of people, material and places before opting for tents.
To be honest, there are a lot of factors that define whether and what type of tent you should get. Over here we tried to outline some of the basic and most important aspects that you should definitely keep in mind while buying a long term camping tent.
Now, let’s check out some of the best long term camping tents that you can pick for your outdoor camping trips!
The Kodiak canvas is not your average camping tent. This is a considerably large-sized tent designed for eight people. The tent itself is made from high-quality water-resistant canvas. The best thing about the tent has to be the unidirectional airflow. The tent has mesh-designed vents that make sure your tent won’t get hot on the summer camping days.
The floor of the tent is made from vinyl making sure that even if it rains heavily, your floor areas will remain dry. So whatever essentials you may have, you can store them without a worry.
Overall, this is an extremely well-built tent that will serve your long term camping purpose perfectly. However, this one doesn’t come cheap. It is on the higher spectrum of the price range.
The next one on our list is the Luxe tempo tent. Unlike the Kodiak one, this one is far smaller and lightweight. Quite often people do not embark on mountain trekking only because it is an unbearable hassle to carry a fully-fledged tent.
However, don’t let the canvas built and lightweight deter you from buying it. This is an extremely well-built camping tent that is sure to face off all sorts of weather conditions. Be it rainy or scorching heat of the sun, you can trust the luxe tempo to handle it all without a hassle.
In addition to its lightweight feature, the tent comes with padded floors. This helps to make sure that even if you are camping on an uneven surface, you will not face any sort of issue whatsoever.
Are you someone who goes camping with the family on board? Then this one from Vidalido is the one for you. This festive-looking dome-style tent can fit up to 6 people inside it. The overall body of the tent is made from canvas with a dome-like top made out of polyester. This tent is perfect to accommodate a small family. The mesh grid design all around the outside means it will give you plenty of airflow on hot summer days.
You can easily fit two beds in it, thanks to the wide girth. If you are out for long term camping then this is an easy recommendation for you.
Before we even start to talk about this one, you are probably getting a good idea about what it is and how it does things. The Coleman WeatherMaster was designed to be resistant to the harshest weather conditions. I mean really, as harsh as things can get.
The tent itself is spacious enough to fit in 6 people. The two doors use a specialized hinge mechanism to make sure that you do not have to open and close the zipper every time you get in and out of your tent.
For those wanting to experience camping in a truly majestic fashion, this can be a go-to option. At 9 feet tall, the white duck luxury Avalon is what its name implies, something that’s quite like your home rather than a long term camping tent.
The tent also features a stove-jack connection so that you can keep your tent warm even in the harshest winter condition. Overall, the tent is an excellent choice for a family on a long-term camping trail. You seriously can’t go wrong with this one. However, our only gripe is the price. If you are going to be buying this, be prepared to waddle out a good chunk.
This tent is designed for mountaineers keeping all the factors of mountain climbing in mind.
Though the Alps claims that it is a 4-person tent, in our testing, we have found that to be a drag. The tent is comfortable for two persons at best and putting 4 people in it would be cramming them and that is no good for long-term camping. It’s extremely easy to set up, thanks to the innovative two-pole design. Overall, this can be a good choice for exclusive mountain trekkers as well as for casual campers looking for a perfect long term camping tent.
Here is a good solution to your wintertime camping. If you are someone looking for a tent of three that is within budget as well as easy to carry around, then the high peak four seasons is the perfect choice for you.
The tent is made from industrial-grade polymer and has all the bells and whistles of a long term camping tent. This tent is also dome-shaped which gives it an easy resistance against wind and rain.
High peak markets their tent as all-weather friendly and suitable for every scenario. But we found that to be a bit of a stretch. Even though the tent is very well built with standard amenities of a long term camping tent, it falls short in ventilation. This existing ventilation doesn’t work much to improve the airflow in and out of the tent. As a result, heat doesn’t dissipate well in this tent.
Durability is the key selling point of this family camping tent. This is a tent that is suitable for 4 people. One of the interesting features of this tent has to be its detachable room divider. You can customize the shape and size of each room as per your wish. The top of the tent is made dome-like to resist water and snow in extreme weather conditions.
One of the issues with tents is that the floor gets affected by fungal attacks and causes decay over time. The NTK Colorado has taken care of that with its anti-fungal technology which is perfect for long term camping.
But perhaps the most interesting aspect of this tent has to do with its frame. For most tents, no matter how expensive it might be, it’s the frame that gives way first. But not with the NTK ColoradoThat; this tent comes with a lifetime warranty of frame so you won’t have to worry about a thing.
Are you someone who likes to go on camping and hikes alone? Then this is the right tent for you. The Flytop tent is designed for sole travelers and campers in mind.
The canvas-made tent is a perfect and lightweight tent solution for your camping adventures. The key selling point of this tent is that it is extremely lightweight. For long term camping, you will have little to no issue carrying it to wherever you want to carry it.
The inside has a padded floor that is water-resistant and insulated. You can be sure that no matter what the weather, you will have a comfortable time in the tent. The tent is easy to set up and fold, making it easily operable as a single person. As we have already mentioned, if you are a lone traveler, it really doesn’t get any better than this.
As we have started our review with a Kodiak, the last one on our list is also a Kodiak. This is the Basic version of the deluxe model. The high-end deluxe model is pricier compared to the basic one.
However, you do not lose out much on the facilities as it still can house six people in it. It has a single door that is zipped, unlike the two-door deluxe model. You get the same signature water resistance and weather resistance from the tent.
What’s even more interesting is that it comes with a lifetime warranty just like its deluxe brother. Kodiak hasn’t compromised on the quality at all, rather made an affordable alternative to their high-end model.
FAQ’S – Frequently Asked Questions
1. How long does a long term camping tent last?
It all depends on the weather and how well you are taking care of your tent. If you are someone who can take good care of the tent then a long term camping tent can last you about five years.
2. Why are canvas tents more popular?
The sole reason behind the popularity of canvas tents is because they are lightweight and extremely durable.
3. Are tents safe?
Tents are extremely safe to stay in for a long time. In fact, that is exactly what long term camping people do in long treks and excursions.