Chosing the right tent is essential for your festival. Here is my Festival Camping Tent Review which includes advice and tips to help you make the right choice.
What Size Tent to Take to a Festival
Tent sizes tend to be specified by how many people can sleep in them i.e. 2 person tent. So if there are 2 of you, you might think a 2 person tent is adequate. But in my experience, that would mean 2 persons and no room for any of your camping gear, clothes etc.
So my advice would be to take a tent that will have room for the stated number of people to sleep in and will also have extra room for your gear. So a 2 person tent is ideal for 1 person + gear. A 3 person tent is ideal for 2 persons + gear etc.
Tip! Do not take a tent that is far too big for your needs as there will be likely limited camping space.
Another thing to consider regarding tent size is that it needs to be something that you can put up fairly easily. You don’t want to be struggling on your own putting up a big tent.
What Type of Tent to Take to a Festival
Tents will either need to have the poles inserted when putting them up, or you can pop-up tents with pre-fitted poles that spring open so are very easy to put up, but they do take a bit of practise getting them folded away again after use.
If you are sleeping on your own then a 2 Person Tent like the one below should be adequate. These tend to come as either dome shaped or low thin tents.
The bigger tents are available in different shapes such as hexagon and can be a bit more elaborate such as having shelters at the entrance.
In all cases, consider how waterproof your tent is. Some may only be showerproof and will start to leak in heavy rain. Some tents may also be windproof and provide UV protection.
Tip! Blackout Tents (like the one below) are becoming more popular and will help you avoid getting woken up by the daylight early in the morning.
Ensure you have the right number of Tent Poles and did not leave any behind from a previous festival.
Ensure you have enough Tent Pegs and a few spares
Consider taking a Light-weight Mallet to bang the tent pegs into hard ground
Tip! A few weeks before your festival, do a practise run of putting up your tent and packing it away. It will save you time at the festival and ensure your tent is still fit for purpose and that you have enough poles and pegs.
Tip! Having a unique identifier for your tent is invaluable when at night you are trying to find your tent amongst hundreds of other similar looking tents. Attach a flag or something similar.
Tip! After your festival, unpack your tent, wipe it down and let it thoroughly dry before packing it up again.
CampingTent is listed in my Festival Checklist where you can see a full checklist of What to Bring to a Festival.
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