The Ultimate Tent Buying Guide: Pitch at Picnic with Comfort and Ease!πŸ•οΈ

As the big weekend approaches, it’s highly likely that you’ll need to buy a tent. Throughout the summer, you’ll come across a wide variety of tents being advertised, with different shapes, sizes, and prices.

However, not all tents are created equal, and some may end up causing more trouble than they’re worth once they’re set up.

SomeΒ  tents often won’t last you the weekend. Cheap “festival tents” are often of poor quality and not durable enough for a three-day festival. While you might save some money initially, it’s better to invest in a tent that can withstand the elements and won’t collapse or rip with minimal contact.

Remember, this tent will be your home for the weekend, so you want it to be sturdy and not prone to falling over.

1. Make Sure It’s Waterproof πŸ’§πŸŒ§οΈ

  • Ensure that the tent you choose is waterproof. Pay attention to the HH Rating, which represents the hydrostatic head and indicates the amount of water the tent can withstand before it starts leaking.
  • A higher HH rating means better waterproofing. Most cheap or single-use tents have an HH rating of about 1500, which is risky considering the unpredictable weather. We recommend choosing a tent with a minimum HH rating of 3000.

2. Do Some Research πŸ’»

  • Before making a purchase, it’s important to conduct research. It’s now easy to find online product reviews. Simply search the name of the tent you’re considering buying on Google and see what people are saying about it.
  • Additionally, check out festival forums to see recommendations from other EP fans and learn which tents have served them well.

3. Learn How To Put It Up and take It Down πŸ•οΈ

  • Take the time to learn how to set up and take down the tent.
  • Check the wind direction. You’ll want to lay your tent out so that the doors are facing away from the wind. This will stop your tent from taking a battering, taking off and if it rains, you won’t have rain blowing in your door.
  • Pop-up tents are easy to assemble but can be challenging to pack up. Practice at home before the big weekend so that you become proficient at it.
  • Here’s a handy video on how to re-pack your pop up tent:

4. TAKE it home. 🏠

  1. You’ve bought a good tent, you’ve mastered pitching it, and taking it down, you’ve done the hardest part! All that’s left now is to pack it up and head for the car.
  2. It’s super important that everyone brings their tent home.
  3. The site is a year round home to lambs, badgers, foxes, pinemartins, swans (and cygnets), ducks (and ducklings), and the increasingly rare red squirrel. πŸ¦’πŸ¦†πŸ€πŸ‘πŸΏοΈπŸ¦Š
  4. We need to leave the place in good shape for them, we need to reduce the amount of waste that gets left behind!

You can help us do that. 🀝

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