Spending a night or 2 camping can be an exciting
way to enjoy the outdoors, but there are a few pieces of equipment and things you need
to know, that will ensure your trip is an enjoyable experience. I'm Jon Simons and I'm a bushcraft instructor,
but this weekend I'm out camping with Go outdoors equipment expert Jenny Dennis. We want your first family camping trip to
be a complete success so we are here to help you choose the right family tent, and to give
you some tips on pitching. Lets go over and talk to Jenny and find out
more. Hello, I’m Jenny, I’m one of GO Outdoors’
equipment experts, I’m also a keen outdoor enthusiast and experienced camper. Hi Jenny, this dome tent would make a really
comfortable home for the weekend. What are the advantages of this tent design? Hi John, yes, this is the Atakama 5, it’s
a classic dome design, and like all dome tents it offers a good compromise between internal
space and stability. Dome tents are reasonably easy to pitch, they
have two poles that cross at the apex of the tent. This crossing increases the stability of the
tent. Family dome tents will often have fibreglass
poles that are suitable for most conditions and they keep the cost of the tent down. Alloy poles tend to be stronger and more durable,
but they are more expensive and are mostly supplied with high-end tents. I’ve always found that some dome tents can
take a little longer to pitch. JD. Yes that’s true, so another popular design
is the tunnel tent. They are generally the quickest to pitch and
give you a lot of space, especially headroom that extends the length of the tent. Probably the best way to demonstrate this
is if we pitch this tunnel and have a look. OK, but, before we start there’s a few general
tips about tent pitching that are worth mentioning. The most important tip is best carried out
at home, before you leave for a campsite: make sure you have all the parts to your tent
before you leave home. Also, practise pitching your tent and read
through the instructions that come with it. At the campsite try to find a level piece
of ground and check over the pitch; imagine what would happen after 24hrs of rain and
don’t pitch where a puddle might form. Also, try to avoid pitching under trees – the
sap will damage your tent – and remove any large stones or twigs from the ground. It’s a good idea to use a durable footprint
like this [squats and shows footprint] to help further protect the life of your groundsheet. OK Jenny, I’ll follow your lead, lets pitch
this tunnel tent. Lay out footprint and then tent (doors closed)
Peg out taut, starting from one corner Open doors slightly
Assemble poles, insert middle pole and set aloft
Push remaining poles through sleeves working from centre
Close doors and peg out guy lines Now even speeded up that’s a very quick
and easy tent to pitch! So, Jenny, I can see this is a very spacious
design and there is plenty of room for entertaining a young family if the weather is bad. But how stable is this tent? Well, that’s an important point. You must always peg out the guy lines on a
tunnel tent, regardless of the conditions, also it’s worth trying to pitch a tunnel
with either the tail, or nose into the wind. Tunnel tents generally come with either fibreglass
or steel poles, and the additional strength of steel is definitely preferable if you are
going to use the tent on exposed coastline or in the hills. In fact if you intend to do a lot of family
camping in more exposed areas then there are family tents that use a stronger combination
of poles, like the tent we slept in last night. Lets go and take a look and see if those teas
Jon made earlier are still warm! JS. Our tent for this weekend uses a greater number
of poles than a standard dome: you can see that the poles cross in several places and
provide this tent with even more stability. JD. This stronger tent design usually features
fiberglass poles, but the greater number of poles makes the tent a little heavier and
a little more complicated to pitch. JS. You can see that between tunnel and dome variations
there are pros and cons of each design and your camping experience will benefit from
choosing the right tent for you and your family. Looking beyond the overall design it is important
to choose a tent that is large enough for your family; for example, if there are 4 of
you and you like to spread out and enjoy a little extra space, our advice would be to
go ‘two up’ and get a 6 person tent. It’s also worth considering outer or flysheet
fabrics. All of our tents are waterproof and most family
tents use nylon or polyester with a waterproof coating on the outer fabric. This combination is both lightweight, and
quick and easy to dry. Many high-end luxury family tents use poly
cotton flysheets, which are heavier, but more durable. Poly cotton is ideal for camping in warmer
climates as natural cotton fibers reduce the risk of condensation and help the tent ‘breathe’. Whichever flysheet fabric you opt for, when
combined with a sewn-in groundsheet, you’ll find that modern family tents are excellent
at keeping out rain and wind. Yet, even with poly-cotton it’s normal for
all tents to suffer from a little condensation. This moisture build up on the inside of the
tent, usually the flysheet, is best minimised by using doors and vents to encourage air
circulation. Good tent ventilation is also a useful design
feature if you have young children who still sleep in the daytime. JD. Thanks John, yes, most family tents come with
a number of design features. Alongside air vents and multiple entrances,
other useful features to look out for are removable sleeping compartments, storage pockets,
clear PVC windows and optional mesh doors. JD. We hope that you now feel more confident to
select the right family tent, and pitch your ‘home from home’ in the great outdoors. Choosing the right tent for your family is
an important decision that will help provide days and weeks of enjoyment. Happy Camping.

Family Camping Tips – GO Outdoors

40 thoughts on “Family Camping Tips – GO Outdoors

  • July 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    Some really good tips. We travel in a very little 1973 midget and camp out of it all over the US. we travel very light because are car is so small, maybe we will see you on the road someday. Jane and Glenn
    #​@t or YouTube

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  • July 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    Hey we will sell you a tent…then tell you to buy a footprint.. Robbing fuckers

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  • July 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    half of my tent was made in 1951, the other half was made in 1953, both saw service in the korean war, then were re sold on the civilian market, where i bought them, and had them ever since, no need for one of those circus tents

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  • July 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    Dear youtube:
    I don't camp in the UK.
    I camp in the American Desert.
    This information is useless.
    We could die in this tent.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    Some grate advice for that type of camping. the laid back comfort to the extreme.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    What a beautifully natural video. You just couldn't tell that it was in any way scripted. I'm definitely sure in the ''few'' out takes there were, that she wasn't calling him a ''c*nt, and he wasn't calling her a pr*ck''. The married couple from Father Ted springs to mind..

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  • July 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    Unfortunately in the England it's against the law to pitch up a tent where ever you like, you have to go to specially marked campsites. You can still 'wild camp' in a lot of Scotland however.

    The accessories range in comfort, depending on what people are comfortable with. Not everybody camps with a full range of kit.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    This comment made me laugh. I'm originally from the USA and did a lot of proper camping as a child with scouts and family. Now, I live in the UK and find camping over here very very different. A big grass field with a shop and playground nearby? Still, now I have two children I am not complaining.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    Pegging the groundsheet taut before you pitch? Can't do that with mine! You'd never be able to get the pins in because there isn't enough"give" to be able to bend the pole!

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  • July 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    i cant wait to take my daughter Jennifer and Son Lee to Ruscin Florida for a camping trip soon- Thank you for this great video.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    …is that camping in the UK? Pitching a tent in a landscaped field next to a lake, having brought multiple appliances along? I agree with another poster, just buy a Coleman pop-up camper and be done with it.

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  • July 12, 2019 at 12:36 pm
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    thx bro last time i went camping we swam in the lake then we came back and are stuff and tent were gone lol!

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