Whether families go camping or not when their children are young, it seems like most kids love to play outdoors and have a structure of some sort to hide in.
I remember we used to take blankets out in the backyard and clothes pin them to the fence to make a very rudimentary shelter. And before you knew it, a bunch of neighborhood kids would be hanging around wanting to get in our teepee, too.
It was funny because we weren’t allowed to put any kind of stakes in the sheets or blankets, so we had to use rocks and other heavy things to keep them from blowing away. I almost envy kids today because many manufacturers sew plenty of designs, colors and styles of kids outdoor camping tents.
The difference between the real ones you can buy now and what we did back then is that you can actually sleep in the bought ones, which really would be loads of fun. Play in the daytime and sleep under the stars at night. What a life!
There are a couple things to look for, though, if you decide to invest in one for sleeping and not just playing around.
In fact, we are not talking about the “toy” types or play forts that you stick in the living room or family room. They are definitely a lot of fun and very cute, but here we only look at the real thing.
Points to consider:
- Needs to be rated for outdoor use.
- Look for a small dome model or what we used to call a pup tent. If you do decide to take it camping, the adults can sleep right next to the smaller one for safety.
- Typically, a smaller one can fit anywhere from one to three children depending on age. For the most part, adults would be hard pressed to sleep comfortably in one.
- Water resistant and solidly made. Needs to be durable and stable to combat weather. Of course, normal weather conditions, not hurricanes, tornadoes, wind gales and snow storms.
- Inexpensive because the kids will outgrow it soon enough. You can probably get a good one for less than fifty dollars.
- Easy set up instructions for adults. The reason we didn’t say for kids is because it will depend on the age and ability of the children. At the very least, however, an adult needs to be able to pitch it.
Let’s check them out:
#1 – When we read a few of the camping and hiking forums, we found that this was one of the better rated models. For the large number of people that purchased this kit, it was surprising that the satisfaction level was so high. That means that this must be a great product and one to think about.
#2 – A well-built shelter that is perfect if you have several children in the group. A family would also do well in this compact dome style tent. Comes with poles, stakes, ropes, fly, and bag with carry handle.
#3 – A durable unit with fiberglass frame, roof vents for breathability, lightweight, easy set up for kids, backpackers, hikers or campers. Comes with duffel bag for storage and transport.
#4 – This model really has everything you need. Two doors for easy in and out, mesh windows for excellent air circulation and less condensation, pops open in a jiffy, complete with stakes and handy carrying case.
#5 – Fits two people and comes with screened zippered door to keep out those pesky bugs. Zipper works both ways on the inside and outside for convenience. According to other customers, although there were problems with quality control, the company does honor its warranty and customer service was exceptional.
Based on those results, why not start camping with your children? It doesn’t matter how young or how old everyone is. The key is to be safe, have fun, and explore!