So, you’re going on a family camping trip or just an outing with your closest friends? No matter who you’re going with, it’s important that you choose the perfect tent for your time in the great outdoors. Without a high-quality tent, you’re not going to have a very good time on your camping expedition.

Below are some of the steps you need to take in order to pick the best tent for your trip. Be sure to keep these in mind when you’re in the camping store and make the best choice for you and your camping gang!

Choose the right tent size.

Right from the get-go, the first thing you need to keep in mind is how many people are going to be camping with you and how much gear you’re going to be bringing. This will determine the size of tent you’re going to buy. This is important because you don’t want to get to your camping site and figure out then that your tent is too small to fit everyone and all of your gear.

You should plan for a minimum of at least 25 square feet per person in order for everyone to be comfortable. But then add in space for clothes and other gear and you’ll be looking at 32 square feet per person to be comfortable.

Choose the right tent shape.

Next up, you’ll have to choose the tent shape you’re going to go for. There are many different shapes you can go for, but the design that gives you a square floor is the most convenient when it comes to laying out sleeping bags and such. It’s also an important consideration to decide if you want windows on your tent.

Next up, the tent poles.

All high quality tents are going to come with poles with the fabric itself. This should be no problem, but it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with how the poles fit in the tent by putting it together at home before you head out to your camping site.

Pick the right fabric.

You should decide what kind of fabric is best for you before you make the final purchase. Pretty much every tent out there is made of nylon that’s breathable. When you go for heavier tents, the fabric is going to be a lot more dense and therefore isn’t the best for you to carry around on your back or your bike. So keep that in mind when you’re seeing what fabrics are available!

Don’t forget to test the zippers.

Ensure that the tent you’re buying has zippers that are working properly and open/close smoothly without catch. This is important to test before you go out camping so you can keep your tent closed from any nasty creatures at night.

Consider what the weather will be like.

Make sure to keep the potential weather of your camping site in mind when choosing a tent. If you’re going to a place that’s more windy than normal, you had better invest in a steadier tent that’s not going to blow away. You can easily ask the sales representative at your local camping gear shop to see what’s the best for each weather condition.

Keep the cost of the tent in mind.

And of course, don’t forget about your budget! You don’t want to spend all of your money on an extravagant tent, but not have enough money leftover for safety supplies and other gadgets. Before you head to the store to buy your tent, have a solid price estimate in mind so you don’t go over-budget.

And that’s it! You should be in the perfect position to buy a great tent for your next camping trip. Just keep these tips in mind and you should be good to go!