I read some great advice once. “If you want to find an answer to a problem, you need find the true cause and to find that cause, you will need to ask yourself the 5 why’s… deep.” This has never failed me – ever! If you’re looking to buy a new tent and you’re totally unsure on which will suit you the best – without a doubt you need to start with this: “Know why you want go camping” and really dive deep into what you are trying to achieve in doing so.
Now you’re probably asking yourself “What does knowing why you want to go camping, have to do with choosing a tent?” It’s a good question and the answer is really quite simple! Knowing why you want to go camping, will give you the type of camping environment you wish to camp in and this is crucial to having an exceptional camping experience. Once you know this, the rest of it comes easily.
To give you a couple of examples to get your mind going – you might want to go camping because:
By the way if you’re wondering why I go camping, it’s to disconnect from my everyday busy life to reconnect with the mental and physical benefits of mother nature. And the tent that I use allows me to enjoy all of that.
Once you know why you want to go camping, you then need to know what type of environment you wish to camp in. This has an enormous amount of impact on the type of tent for many reasons we totally miss. Here are a few examples to think about:
Once again, not all of these things have a lot to do with the tent – but they all decide how good your camping experience is and what type of tent you are looking for.
This is a huge one when choosing a tent. The length of time you are camping realistically determines the type of tent you wish to use, based on comfort and the most relaxed camping experience possible. In short, the longer the tent takes to erect, the more comfortable the tent is to use once IT IS set up and vice versa. HOWEVER…. setting up a tent can be the least liked part of camping and this could be the determining factor between having a great camping experience versus a bad camping experience. Here are some things to think about:
This could cause some controversy huh? All too often I see couples instore who are on total different ends of the spectrum when it comes to the type of tent they think they might need or want (be it for a couple or for a family). This so often ends in disaster long term (wrong tent for the type of camping experience required… Here’s yet another example of ‘knowing why you want to go camping in the first place!’) 9 times out of 10 it’s because of a communication breakdown and they never ask each other what they want in a tent and/or – why! I could not recommend highly enough, sitting down with each other, making a list of what you would like (and why) and talking this through –
Handy hint: When you start to look at tents, features and benefits, and some great marketing hype can take over in your mindset and put focus towards ‘a dream of a great getaway. Almost all tents will deliver a great getaway… provided they suit and align with the type of camping experience you wish to partake in. Try to keep in mind all of the above I have listed and never lose focus on your why you want to go camping, and they type of camping experience you want to have to begin with.
For my long time loyal readers, I am sorry to bang on about this – but it is very important to me! I have an unwavering desire for quality, for it nearly always delivers better value. In the case of camping… “that’s a better camping experience every single time!” Whether that is better storm protection, easier to erect or pack away, the fact it lasts longer…. whatever that may be, it’s just better all round! However, external of a better camping experience is something else that’s close to my heat and that’s looking after our planet. Back a few moths ago I wrote a small blog on quality camping gear and our social responsibility towards it. I have supplied a section of that blog below and I would love you to take it into account when looking at purchasing a new tent. Enjoy the read!
Originally written 03.02.2017 by Jarrod Michael:
I left a campground last year and saw 2 massive industrial dump bins full of cheap and broken gazebo’s – scissor folding chairs and airbeds – so much of it was barely a couple of years old. Then last night on the local news – up popped a story on the cheap camping rubbish that had broken, dumped and been left to rot at one of our favourite camping spots… Inskip Point (entry way to Fraser Island for the readers outside of the Sunshine Coast). This all stews me up inside to no end – after all my parents brought me up to understand the value of buying a quality product that last.
Unfortunately to maintain endless growth, too many companies in the camping industry (big and small) are starting to produce some disgustingly poor quality product. For the small manufactures / importers, it’s out of desperation to maintain some market share and the large corporates it’s because they understand to maintain their profits (endless growth), a short lifecycle has to be built into their product.
The earth is heating up and disappointingly, we’re doing everything we can to make this worse by producing more cheap crap and burning fossil fuels like never seen before. It’s a game our natural world cannot win – it’s simply not sustainable. There’s too much strain between the corporate product manufacturers/retailers need for endless growth and the planets need for a breather.
So what is the point of sharing this story? We’re in a world where we cannot ovoid impacting our planet. At some stage we need to live, go camping and buy some new camping gear. But what we do each own is the power to make smarter decisions when doing so.
Before I go.
There is also another side to quality… it is often dearer to purchase, and not all of us can afford the dearer product. Economically, when it comes to ‘pay per use’ comparison – high quality camping gear almost always comes out cheaper in the long run, in so many ways! I would rather people save and purchase better quality, rather than buy cheap and dump it in the bin after a few uses. Mother nature is telling us, and we can’t afford not to!
I’d love to know your thoughts, leave me a comment below!
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