So you’re going tree-planting, and you’re wondering what type of tent should I buy. To make this long post short, buy a two man tent, enjoy the insulation while still having space for your gear, or company on those chilly nights.
The Issue With Tents Sized Four And Up
If its your season in the bush, you’re probobly looking at an eight-person tent right now, so you’ll have ample space for all your stuff. Trust me when I say you don’t need all the stuff to fill an eight person tent, and you defenitly don’t want all of that space.
Larger tents mean more heat escapes. Escaping heat sucks. Nothing is worse than waking up in the middle of the night due to shivering. O wait, going to work the next day with a cold is worse; and you’ll get one if your tent’s too big.
Now I know plently of people who got six-person tents, and survived the season. Their testimonial was “It’s nice to be able to stand and get dressed, but fuck me am I cold in the mornings and nights”. Just because its summer doesn’t mean it won’t get chilly. Esspeccialy if you’re planting on mountains in British Columbia or Alberta.
The Issue with One Person Tents
They’re really small, and you won’t have much room to move. They’re awesome if you’re organized, and have done some camping before, however I’m writing this for the absolute rookies. The other problem is they’re meant for one person, and when it gets to that time of the season where people find tent mates, and make happy mistakes on the party night, well your tent won’t be a good option. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but its an avoidable inconvenience.
So What Type Of Tent Should I Buy
Aim for a two or three-person tent. Make sure it’s water-resistant, and don’t skimp on buying a good tarp. Interior pockets will be your best friend. It’s also good to consider the bugs in the area you’re going to. Mesh is effective at keeping out mosquitoes and horse flys, but can be thwarted by black flies, and nick’s fly right through it. However, mesh offers lovely ventilation.
You’re going to smell really bad, and when the season stops being cold, it’ll get very very hot. Plenty of my planting friends in Australia say its hell coming home to a tent that feels like a sauna after a long day of work. While a tent with massive mesh windows won’t cool it immediately, it’ll be more comfortable, while keeping the flies out.
Get a tent with a short ceiling.
You Don’t Need An Expensive Tent
Your boots should be the most expensive thing you take with you when you go planting. So when you ask yourself, what kind of tent should I buy, don’t overthink it. Get something that breathes, keeps the water out and the heat in. keep the size small, but don’t sacrifice too much comfort.
Fortunately, I’ve leveled up in the planting world and now get hotel rooms and cabins.
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