The early part of the 21st century has already seen a plethora of viable options added to sleeping quarters while camping. It can be a bit overwhelming if you take to the internet and search “camping tent.”

The style of tent you should choose depends on what type of camping you’re doing, who you’re camping with and what sort of experience you’re looking for.

With that criteria in mind, here’s a rundown of some of the top sleeping abode options on the market today.

Hammock tent

You don’t necessarily need a hammock tent to go hammock camping. Photo: Pete/Flickr

Type of camping: Works well for warmer weather and car camping if you don’t want to sleep in your car.

Great for: Those who want to pack light and be adventurous.

The experience: Think “Gilligan’s Island”, except you (hopefully) won’t have the Skipper snoring beneath you. Hammock camping is a great option if you want to mix things up a bit or can’t find level ground. You also don’t need a specific hammock tent and can usually get away with just a regular hammock and sleeping bag with some sort of bivvy. If you’re not comfortable sleeping in the trees but are looking for some elevated sleeping, a pop-top or rooftop tent might be up your alley also.

Sub-zero insulated tent

You need that extra insulation when camping in a place like this. Photo: Kitty Terwolbeck/Flickr

Type of camping: Backcountry and cold-weather camping.

Great for: Those who aren’t messing around and need serious protection from the elements.

The experience: If you’re going above the treeline you’re going to need an insulated tent. The extra insulation in the walls and floor will help keep you dry and warm, otherwise you could be risking your safety.

Family tent

You can’t go wrong with the simple family tent. Photo: Snapwire/Pexels

Type of camping: Your basic weekend camping trip.

Great for: Families, groups or anyone who doesn’t need anything too technical.

The experience: The tried-and-true tent is right down the middle of the road. You can dress it up with luxuries like air mattresses, but at the end of the day it’s still the go-to option when we think of tent camping.

Coffin tent

You could bring three solo tents or one large tent. Photo: 3rgella/Flickr

Type of camping: Backpacking or solo.

Great for: Those who want to keep their pack light, or those who don’t play well with others.

The experience: While probably not a great idea for those who are claustrophobic, the coffin tent offers just enough space to sleep for one. The major benefit is cutting down on weight in your pack and taking up less space when in the backcountry.


Yurts just look so darn cool. Photo: S Arrowsmith/Flickr

Type of camping: Glamping, or those who just want more of a basecamp.

Great for: Anyone looking for a little more comfort and a little less roughing it.

The experience: Essentially a rudimentary cabin, the yurt offers up an closeness to the great outdoors without having to make the sacrifice of sleeping on the ground (unless you want to of course). You’re not going to be extremely mobile with a yurt, but rather you’ll be heading somewhere someone already has a yurt set up. Which is perfect if you’re looking to relax more and take out some of the work.

These are merely a few options out there. Did we miss your go-to? Let us know your favorite tent option in the comments.

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