With summer inching its way in and vacation plans getting locked in, now is the perfect time to pick out your next family tent and plan a campout. We’ve got recommendations for car camping tents, backpacking tents and even extra dark tents that will help your kids nap (fingers crossed!). Camping with kids can be an awesome experience that is only made better with a little planning. Scroll through and get ready for your next outdoor adventure!
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Best Family Tent with Quick Set-Up & Style
Stoic Madrone 4$120+ BUY NOW
You'll definitely make your campground neighbors with this colorful addition to your camping gear. We found it super easy to set up and the removable fly was fun to have off for nightly stargazing.
Best Tent for Keeping the Kids Contained
Kelty Tallboy 4$150 BUY NOW
While many families like multiple doors to allow easy access to the tent, those with little campers might want to consider this single-door option from Kelty to keep the comings and goings to a minimum. The Kelty Tallboy comes in four- and six-person sizes and, as the name implies, has a very tall interior of 70 inches (72 in the six-person) that's perfect for getting the kids dressed in the morning. The reinforced fiberglass poles and color-coded scheme make for a sturdy and easy-to-use setup.
Easiest Family Tent to Set Up
UST Gear House Party$240 BUY NOW
You'll love this barrel-shaped tent because it is sturdy when the wind kicks up and super easy to set up and take down. Two large doors make in-and-out access easy and color-coded poles mean you can totally assign set up to the tweens.
Best Introduction to Backpacking Tent for Families
NEMO Aurora 3P$279 BUY NOW
We love this new backpacking tent from NEMO as it is spacious, includes a footprint and has a great price point. Two doors and vestibules provide easy access and gear storage. Light Pockets™, duffel storage bag and gear pockets complete the package. Add on a Pawprint, and you can bring your four-legged friend along without worrying about your pup's paws wrecking your floor.
Best Tent for Small Families
Sierra-Designs Tabernash$99 BUY NOW
This tent comes in 2-, 4- and 6-person options (we recommend sizing up to allow room for your gear). The covered vestibule allows for extra storage space.
Best for a Restful Night's Sleep
Coleman 4-Person Dark Room™ Skydome™ Camping Tent$149 BUY NOW
Start your camping trip off right with this easy-to-set-up tent from Coleman. We love the added dark room technology that keeps out 90% of the sunlight. This is key for families with little ones who still need to nap during the sunny hours of the day (which is almost impossible with a regular tent). It also helps during the summer months when the sun doesn't go down until much later. An added benefit is that the dark room technology will keep your tent much cooler by blocking the sun's rays during the heat of the day.
Best Backpacking Tent
Big Agnes Blacktail Hotel 3$349 BUY NOW
The Blacktail Hotel from Big Agnes is a do-everything tent offered at an accessible price. It's light enough for the backcountry and strong enough for the front country. The Blacktail Hotel's fly doubles the living space of the tent—giving your family, your gear and your dog more than enough space.
Best Summer Tent for Families
Coleman Steel Creek$229 BUY NOW
This six-person dome tent features a separate screen room for insect-free lounging and extra sleeping space. We love it for summer camping because there is ample ventilation to keep it cool while you sleep. Two queen air mattresses and gear have plenty of room in the main compartment, and set up is intuitive due to the Fast Pitch™ system.
- Look at the tent's floor space when deciding what size to purchase. A tent that sleeps four is going to sleep four pretty tightly (often alternating head to foot). If you want space for gear and air mattresses you will likely want to increase the size of your tent.
- Practice setting up your tent in advance. There's nothing worse than arriving at a campsite late in the day or in the dark and having no idea how to set up your tent.
- Think about what extras you might need for your tent. Does your tent come with a footprint? Should you bring a tarp to put underneath to keep the moisture out? Extra tent pegs and a rubber mallet always help with tent setup, especially on a firm surface.
- Weatherproof your tent before you go. Water resistant is not the same as waterproof. Apply seam sealer to keep water out of your tent.
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