Tents & Gazebos Buying Guide
Purchasing a Tent or Gazebo
Consider the following when shopping for a tent or shelter:
- Shop for a tent according to how you will use it. For example, a lightweight, compact pop-up tent or small dome tent that can be pitched quickly and easily will be ideal for travellers or hikers embarking on a short trip.
- Consider where and what time of year you will use your tent. Ventilation is key in hotter climates, look for a capped fly or a tent with large doors/windows. Weather and water resistance is key in changeable climates - making Dome tents ideal.
- Choose the size of your tent or gazebo based on the campground space and how many people will be camping with you. For longer stays, choose a large tent with multiple rooms that will allow you to spread out.
- Consider the size of your vehicle when buying camping gear. Tents, Gazebos and other camping essentials can take up a lot of space. If you're concerned about the size of your boot, opt for a compact tent or gazebo that provides quality shelter.
Types of Tents
Family tents are the perfect way to get you and yours into the great outdoors. Designed to allow multiple users to camp in comfort, family tents are ideal for anyone that staycations.
- Family tents with multiple rooms help to create that home away from home feeling by allowing users to enjoy a degree of privacy when they are camping.
- Designed for comfort, family tents offer plenty of indoor head room and large awning shades for entertaining outdoors. Make sure to load up on awning poles as some tents have multiple awning shades but only include 2-3 awning poles.
- All-season inner tents are perfect for families that camps throughout the year. The inner tent acts as a second layer of warmth for those chilly winters while the outer fly can be removed during the summer months to provide ventilation and shelter.
Instant Tents & Pop-Up Tents
Instant and pop-up tents are perfect for novices and anyone who hates the thought of setting up camp. As the poles come pre-attached to the tent, complete set up takes less than 5 minutes so you have more time to relax.
- Pop-up tents are lightweight, compact and highly portable making them perfect for 2-3 people or the overnight traveller.
- Pop-up tents offer the ultimate convenience however, their fibreglass poles are not designed for extreme conditions. If you need something that can be set up quickly but can withstand the elements, opt for an instant tent with a steel pole frame.
- Choose the tent that suits when and where you will be camping. Capped fly tents offer excellent ventilation which is ideal for hotter months while a full fly will help you stay warm in colder temperatures.
Dome tents offer comfort, portability and durability. Their multi-pole design means they can usually withstand greater wind speeds, which makes them ideal for almost any expedition.
- Dome tents with full mesh inners provide great ventilation. They can also be used as a mosquito net or as a sky gazing net when the weather is hot enough to forgo the outer fly.
- Tents with specially designed, darker inners can help you enjoy a more restful sleep by reducing the amount of ambient light entering the tent during sunrise and sunset.
- Certain dome tents feature an awning space yet they are not sold with awning poles so be sure to pick some up before you venture into the great outdoors.
Gazebos & Shelters
Gazebos and shelters can protect you from the rain or the sun when you are outdoors. Just as useful for market stalls as they are for camping trips, gazebos and shelters keep you comfortable when you are in the elements.
- Choose a shelter or gazebo according to how you plan to use it. For example, if you simply need something for trips to the beach, you could save money and boot space by opting for an uncomplicated sun shelter that you can lie under.
- Shelters with built-in lighting allow you to entertain after dark so your evening doesn’t have to end when the sun goes down.
- Using a gazebo or shelter on a windy day can be stressful. Leg stabiliser accessories reduce the effects and, when paired with guylines, they make for a much more pleasant experience so you can relax and enjoy your outing.
Make sure you are always prepared by adding extra tent pegs to your equipment. Shop a wide range of pegs, including those for turf and sand, and make sure your next camping trip goes smoothly.
Create that home away from home feeling in your tent with camp lights. Shop lanterns and torches and choose from lights that are held in your hand or ones that are hung from the tent ceiling.
Get a good night’s rest when you are under the stars with an airbed. Easy-to-inflate and extremely comfortable, airbeds give you some creature comforts when you are in the great outdoors.