What is a tent? And what is tent camping?

Wondering what is a tent? and what is tent camping? Keep reading!

Most of us know what camping is, but those who have never gone have doubts about many aspects of it. For example, many people don’t realize what is a tent, how is it made, and what are the available types. 

In this article, we’re letting all the myths about tents and tent camping fall.


What is a tent?

A tent is a portable shelter that has the main skeleton and canvas walls. Camping tents also have floors so that no, tent campers do not sleep on the ground. The tent floor, however, is made of the same canvas – maybe a little thicker – than the walls, so it’s basically like staying on the floor.

Inside a tent, there can be various spaces that campers refer to as rooms. Rooms can be divided from one another by canvas and zips. 

Tents usually have at least one door that you can open and close with a zip both from the outside and the inside.

Bigger tents also have windows that campers can open or close according to the temperature, humidity, presence of smoke, or other factors.

Some tents, last but not least, also have a venting system to let the air go out more easily: for winter tents that are often heated, this is particularly important.

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What type of tent is there?

There are different types of tents available out there, the big difference between them being the dimensions and season. 

Summer camping requires less care: you can buy any tent of the dimension you need.

For winter camping, instead, you want to buy a thick tent made from an insulating material.

You also want to have a venting system, or at least windows that you can open to let any gas or vapor go out or to allow for air circulation when you have the heating system on.

What is tent camping?

Tent camping, you may already know, is a form of recreation or vacation where people build a shelter with their tent and live and sleep outside. 

These are of two main types:

  • Nowadays, the most common way of going on tent camping is renting a space on a structure that provides camping services. These structures, other than the space to build your tent, also provide services like bathrooms and showers, but also wi-fi, a swimming pool, and more.
  • True tent campers, however, are those who pack their backpack, bring their tent on their shoulder, and they walk in nature, find a place to rest, build their tent, and all the services they need are provided by nature and the environment.

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Can I go camping without a tent?

Yes, you could rent or buy an RV, which is basically a portable small house and go camping with it.

You’ll have more comforts, and you can move from one place to another more quickly, but you won’t be sleeping under the stars, which is the biggest nuance of tent camping.

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