Camping is a time-honored tradition, an activity that the entire family can enjoy together. It allows you and your loved ones to get closer to nature and take part in a range of different outdoor activities, whether you’re visiting somewhere new and exciting or returning a favorite, well-trod camping site. One aspect that can make a huge difference in your camping trip is the quality of your tent. No one is going to enjoy themselves if they’re cold or wet or feeling overcrowded at night, after all. A spacious, protective, and high-quality family-sized camping tent makes exploring and visiting the outdoors with your entire clan a more fun and pleasurable adventure for everyone involved. And with so many options to choose from, there is a tent that is perfect for every family out there and their specific needs. Consider these family tents for your next campout.
What to Consider in a Family Camping Tent
With every tent purchase, there’s a multitude of factors to consider. With families, here is what you should keep in mind:
- Size: First and foremost, consider how many people will be sleeping inside this tent and if it can fit sleeping pads and/or air mattresses. Most camping tents will list the maximum number of people that can fit inside at once. There are tents made for as few as two or three people and those large enough to fit eight, 10, or more. And don’t be afraid to spring for a larger tent even if you have a small family; it’s always a good idea to size up for a more roomy layout, especially if you have any pets who come along on camping trips. You may also want to keep an eye on the tent’s height if you want to ensure that there’s room for everyone to stand up comfortably inside. This not only makes it more comfortable for changing clothes but reduces the risk of someone standing up too quickly and hitting their head or shoulders on the ceiling, accidentally bringing the whole tent down.
- Fabric: Tents are made with a variety of fabrics, so consider finding one that will last a long time to be there through all years of your family camping experiences. The more durable the material, the better. Nylon and polyester are affordable, quick-drying, and strong, but they don’t insulate as well as some other materials. Cotton and canvas are nice and heavy while still being breathable, absorbent, and insulating, but they’re also bulky, high maintenance, less water-resistant, and more expensive. A poly-cotton blend has the strengths of both polyester and cotton, though it will still be a bit pricey and bulky.
- Features: All the tents come with different features, some with separated rooms and windows. You’ll also want your tent to be prepared for the elements. Consider if the tent is prepared to withstand strong winds and rainstorms and keep you comfortable in both high and low temperatures. A model with a sunshade may be handy for summertime or desert camping. Choose what best works for your camping adventures.
Best for Large Families: Core 10-Person Cabin Tent
This roomy tent is suitable for as many as 10 people at a time, large enough to comfortably fit two queen air mattresses inside. The center height is 86 inches (more than 7 feet) tall, so even adults well above average height can stand up inside it without bumping their heads on the ceiling. The material is treated with the signature CORE H20 Block Technology to protect against the elements, with a PU coating that ensures water rolls off the fabric and is resistant to dirt stains. There are also two adjustable ground vents for hot nights when you need some extra airflow plus front and back, zipper closure doors. There’s also a gear loft that includes a lantern hook and pockets so you can safely store and organize your items instead of leaving them on the tent’s floor. There is also a fully closable electrical cord access port if you ever need to hook up to a generator or electrical outlet. The tent, fiberglass tent poles, rainfly, gear loft, room divider, tent stakes, and expandable carry bag all come included with your purchase.
CORE 10 Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent (Orange)
A tall tent that can fit up to 10 people at once.
Best Mid-Size: KAZOO Family Camping Tent Large Waterproof Pop Up Tents
This spacious tent is perfect for families of four to eight, fitting six adults and two kids with comfort. This tent can be put together in thirty seconds by one person for ultimate convenience. It has double layers of mesh and breathable polyester and is waterproof with a rating above 3,000 mm. The ultra-lightweight aluminum poles keep the tent stable and strong. The tent also has mesh walls and a mesh ceiling for ventilation, a rain-fly, two large dual-zipper doors, and a sunshade extending at the door.
KAZOO Family Camping Tent Large Waterproof Pop Up Tents 6 Person Room Cabin Tent Instant Setup with Sun Shade Automatic Aluminum Pole
A spacious tent that sleeps four to eight people and is waterproof and durable.
Best for Smaller Families: KAZOO Outdoor Camping Tent Family Durable Waterproof Camping Tents
The Kazoo family camping tent has convenient access with two zippered doors. Set it up in three minutes with just one person. The tent protects from the sun, rain, and wind and is ideal for younger or smaller families. The seams are waterproof, and the two windows and ceiling provide great ventilation. The fabric won’t tear easily, and the tent overall is a firm but lightweight structure.
KAZOO Outdoor Family Tent Durable Lightweight, Waterproof Camping Tents Easy Setup, Beach Screen Tent Sun Shade 3 Person (Yellow)
A family camping tent that can be set up in three minutes, has great ventilation, and is made to be durable.
Best for Beginners: Coleman Cabin Tent with Instant Setup
This weatherproof tent has welded corners and inverted seams to keep water from getting inside. There is enhanced ventilation with the integrated rainfly, offering extra weather protection while still maintaining airflow. The tent is built to last with polyester and taped seams, and double-thick fabrics to stand up to the elements and block intense sunlight. Set this tent up in as fast as one minute. The interior is roomy and can fit two queen-size air beds inside.
Coleman Camping Tent | 6 Person Cabin Tent with Instant Setup , Brown/Black
This weatherproof tent opens up in one minute and is built to last with durable materials.
Best Divided Rooms: CAMPROS Waterproof Family Tent with Divided Curtain
Made of 185T polyester, this spacious tent is not only windproof and waterproof but offers an extra privacy option. Able to fit a maximum of nine people, you can fit three queen air mattresses or eight sleeping bags inside this 14- by 9- by 6-foot tent. Not only is it roomy but it comes equipped with an optional separate curtain so you can divide the tent into separate rooms if you want some extra privacy not usually afforded on camping trips. This divided curtain is also a great spot to project a movie onto. The polyester fabric is hydrostatic and highly water-resistant, guaranteed to stay dry in light rain and is well-insulated so you stay warm all night. The large mesh door has a two-way zipper and the five mesh windows and matching tent top allow the breeze to come in without bringing the bugs with it. Setup is quick and easy, not requiring any particular or special skills. Available in red or green, this tent comes included with stainless steel stakes, a guy line rope for your protection, and a convenient carrying bag.
CAMPROS CP Tent-8-Person-Camping-Tents, Waterproof Windproof Family Tent, 5 Large Mesh Windows, Double Layer, Divided Curtain for Separated Room, Portable with Carry Bag - Dark Green
A lightweight and highly water-resistant tent that can be divided into multiple rooms for greater privacy.