There’s no better way to totally unplug than to sit by a crackling fire on a warm, summer night, and gaze up at the stars with your family. Spend the following day doing whatever you want—hiking, fishing, swimming, taking in some sights, or just plain relaxing. Family Camping is one of the best ways to accomplish all of this.
Today’s camping products make the term “roughing it” a relative term. Family camping tents are designed with more interior room and have built-in storage for comfort when living in close quarters. Campers of today can enjoy the great outdoors while sleeping in relative restfulness and luxury.
It’s worthwhile to make an investment in camping equipment because you can get away for a fraction of the cost of cruises and packaged vacations.
Dome Tents vs. Cabin Tents
The whole point of camping is to be able to enjoy the outdoors. After a tiring day of camping or hiking, it feels great to plop down on some comfortable bedding and get some rest. Many of the tents maximize space by including storage pockets attached to walls or gear lofts for storing items high and dry. If the weather becomes threatening, you’ll want to know that you can rest in a space that keeps you warm and dry.
One of the best things about dome tents is that the sloping design makes them easy to set up quickly. That’s an important consideration that allows you to spend as much time as possible enjoying your camping retreat. The sloping walls resist wind and weather-related issues better than cabin tents, so they make a viable choice for camping in inclement or variable weather conditions.
Cabin tents offer more vertical room on the sides, which is better for tall campers and they offer more overall ground space. Larger tents will also have room dividers, which is great for storing camping supplies or separating sleeping and dressing spaces. They don’t hold up to wind and weather as well as dome tents, but using a good rain fly cover can help.
Our Favorite Large Camping Tents of 2018
Coleman 8-person Red Canyon Tent—Read Product Reviews
Sleep up to 8 people in this large dome tent that sets up quickly. The canvas is made of an exclusive Weathertec System that is guaranteed to keep you dry from rain and snow. It has a Cool-Air port and Vairflo venting system that lets you adjust air flow. Keep it open of install room dividers to separate the space into 3 rooms.
Semoo 5-person Dome Tent—Read Product Reviews
This is a great tent for up to 5 campers. It has a large mesh roof vent and mesh windows for superior, adjustable ventilation. It has a large half-moon shaped door, so that you can get in and out easily. It comes with a hooped, polyester fly frame to add protection from the rain. This large dome tent sets up quickly and easily.
Semoo 4-person Family Dome Tent—Read Product Reviews
This family-sized dome tent comfortably hosts a family of four. It’s lightweight to transport and sets up in a snap. The large, D-style doors and windows allow for about 50% air ventilation. They are adjustable to easily let air in or keep the cold out. It comes with a hooped, rain fly that keeps you dry on rainy nights.
CORE 9-person Instant Cabin Tent—Read Product Reviews
Imagine a 9-person tent that sets up in one minute. This tent does the job. It fits two queen air mattresses and has a center height of 78”. Close off some of the space with the handy room divider. Keep your gear high and dry with the built-in storage pockets. It even has a small access port for an electrical cord.
Coleman 8-person Tenaya Lake Cabin Tent—Read Product Reviews
Set up this large cabin tent in less than half the time of other cabin tents using the color-coded poles, hub, fast fit feet, and snag-free Insta-Clip suspension. It even has a built-in closet with shelves and a hanger bar so you can keep a large family organized in a small space. The Weathertec System keeps you up to 75% dryer than other canvas coverings.
Wenzel 8-person Klondike Tent—Read Product Reviews
This tent by Wenzel is made of weather-repellent polyester with a polyurethane coating and has power corners for strong stability. It sleeps 8 people comfortably. Use the attached screen room for dining indoors or lounging in the open air without worrying about pesky insects, or close it off to use it as an extra sleeping space. Open up the roof for full-screen mesh ventilation.
The tents for 2016 really maximize the potential for ventilation. They are big enough to house a family in style. Most of them can be set up in no time. There couldn’t be an easier way to enjoy a family vacation than to get back to nature at a family campground.