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Welcome to ReviewBox! A tent is a small portable tent ideal for camping. Its usefulness derives from the possibility of having cover in the open air at night, during the transit of natural stairs, whether it is the ascent of a mountain or the route of a tourist route. They are indispensable for travelling.

On ReviewBox you will find all the information you need to make the right choice in this field. It is important to know very well the quality, variety of options and durability of a product to know which option to choose, and that is precisely what we are here for.




Summary

  • A tent is a portable building used for sightseeing tours. Special mention should be made of mountaineering, which uses them for camping and protection from the elements during the trek.
  • The presence of an instruction manual in the native language is vital to facilitate the correct use of the tent.
  • The user of the tent should ensure that it is waterproof, easy to assemble and has the capacity for the number of people who will be camping.

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Buying guide: what you need to know about a tent

Camping wouldn't be the same without it. Tents are products that will provide us with a lot of fun and protection during our excursions. However, buying a tent is not always easy. We must consider several aspects before deciding on one, and know the different variables that we can find in the market.

The user of the tent must ensure that it is waterproof, easy to assemble and has the capacity for the number of people who are going camping.
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What is a tent?

A tent is a mobile building used mainly for camping, i.e. to have a place of shelter during tourist routes or mountain climbing. The characteristics of the equipment depend on what type of camping it will be used for, as well as what the temperatures of the place where it will be used will be.

The main elements required in this product refer to its interior capacity: whether the trip is done alone or in a group, or according to the user's needs for privacy. Also important are things like its waterproof capacity, proper ventilation and, above all, its weight.

What are the advantages or benefits of a tent?

A lightweight tent is ideal for the solo traveller, as the lightest tents can weigh as little as 1 kg. This speeds up the circulation during the journey. In addition, it allows the user to carry a number of other things at the same time, allowing for more provisions.

Tents that can accommodate 3 or 4 people inside are particularly important when travelling on cold roads. This is because more people provide more warmth, avoiding environmental hostility more effectively.

Although the parts that are necessary for the device to fully satisfy the user are relative, as they depend on the user's needs. There are a few things to consider. The first of these is weatherproofing, as well as whether or not it has electrical access. These details make the usefulness of the device more variable.

Advantages
  • Avoids weather-related inconveniences
  • Keeps users safe
  • Less likely to get sick while camping
  • Protects supplies from nocturnal animals
Disadvantages
  • Can be short-lived
  • Takes time to set up
  • Can be expensive

Tent with or without electrical access - what to look out for?

Tents leave little room for variables that relativise their quality. But of all of them, the one that undoubtedly brings a turning point to the product is the presence of an electrical access. This gives the equipment a unique utility. The main observable differences between this advantage are the following:

Without electrical access With electrical access
Need to use long-lasting batteries Greater interior heat thanks to the use of light
Impossibility of overheating the tent with light Possibility of using charging devices

In addition to the presence of an electrical access, the waterproofing of the tent also stands out in this quadrant. Occasionally it may happen that a tent that is not waterproof, or whose waterproofing is not of good quality, has an electrical access. This can be dangerous if it rains during the camp.

We therefore recommend that you pay attention to this variable. Because not getting wet while camping is just as important as the communication possibilities offered by the usable equipment if there is electrical access.

How much does a tent cost?

The value of a tent is directly related to its size and the material it is made of. In this sense, there are tents that only admit one person inside, whose value is substantially more affordable. There are also tents that, having only one compartment, cost more for the material used.

In this sense, the lowest price can be around $700 MXN for small, single-person tents made of non-waterproof material. Then, for $1500 MXN, tents can be purchased with electrical access and a capacity for 4 persons inside, varying up to $2000 MXN if they have waterproof windows.

Try to choose a tent that suits your type of trip. If you are travelling alone, you will need a small tent with electric access (Photo: Stocktiendacamping/ pixabay.com)

Where to buy a tent?

Coppel has a variety of stores where a wide range of camping-related products can be purchased. In general, all major department stores throughout Mexico have some type of tent available to the public.

In addition to Coppel, Wal-Mart is one of the most frequent options due to the diversity of products sold in their department stores. If none of the options satisfy, online there are a huge number of possibilities that offer to deliver the product directly to your doorstep. EBay, Amazon and Mercado Libre are at your disposal.

Buying criteria

When it comes to buying something, there are always a variety of things to take into consideration in order to choose the best. It is not only branding issues that diminish or credit its manufacture.

There are also conditions inherent to it, to its functionality and versatility, which add important components. In the case of tents, we can distinguish the following:

Season

You should choose a tent according to the season in which you plan to go camping. This is because each tent is made with specific fabrics that help you to withstand the force of the weather.

If you decide to go hiking in winter, we recommend you to choose a tent with a thick fabric, as it will help to keep you warm inside the tent. You will have to choose something quite different if you are travelling in summer. For this season, the product should have a highly breathable mesh.

But if you are one of those who love camping, the best thing to do is to buy the three-season model. The design of this device is very comfortable and will protect you during any season of the year.

Remember, when choosing your tent, choose the one that suits your type of trip: season, number of companions (Photo: Stockcamping/ pixabay.com)

Capacity

The capacity of this product is relevant when buying it, but this should be determined according to the number of people who will be accompanying you on your expedition. It is important to remember that each tent provides 80 centimetres of width for each individual.

If you are going with four people, it is advisable to check the map and the product distributions. Because you can find tents that have three double sleeping areas and a place to put your provisions. As each team offers variability in design, it is up to you to purchase the one that best suits your needs.

Assembly

Assembly is one of the most important factors in selecting your equipment, as it will determine how easy it is to assemble. Therefore, if you want it to be uncomplicated, we advise you to choose one with a fibreglass structure. This material is lightweight and makes setting up the tent simple.

However, if the tent is for more than two people, you will still have to opt for a design with pegs. It will be more complex, but it will ensure the following: it will not fall apart during the night.

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