Which types of tent can I purchase at Anaconda?
At Anaconda, we have every type of tent you might be looking for, from single person swags to large family tents, and everything in-between. In addition, you can find gazebos, swags, sunshades and windbreaks, and even toilet and shower tents at Anaconda. Whether you are looking for a lightweight model tent to go hiking with, or a large family tent for an extended holiday, you'll be able to find it here.
What kind of tent is right for me?
That depends on many factors including the type of holiday you are planning, how many people need to be accommodated, your budget, your preference for either canvas or man-made material, how good you are at putting up tents and whether you will have to transport your tent a long way from the car, as some of them are much heavier than others! Also, someone who is trying camping for the first time may not want to invest in high-end camping gear until they know this is the right type of holiday for them, so a budget-friendly option may be more suitable. Experienced campers may be looking to add to their existing tent or looking to renew or upgrade. The possibilities are many.
Where do I start with choosing my tent?
For first-time campers, the choice of sizes, shapes and materials of tents can be quite confusing, so we recommend that you read up on the various options first to see what is important to you. You will find plenty of information on-line, or from reputable camping and caravanning sites. You might also want to come and have a look at one of our stores, and speak to our sales team who between them have lots of experience when it comes to camping, hiking and tents.
What other things should I consider about tents?
Size and weight of your tent are important factors. As well as being able to sleep in your tent, you may also need to allow space for eating and spending time inside when the weather turns against you. You will also need to allow space to store your gear, equipment and food. Many inexperienced campers make the mistake of going for the number of people that a tent can sleep when choosing their tent, but these guides don't allow for any extra space that you may need for moving about, storing stuff, etc., so always check the actual floor space carefully.
On the other hand, choosing the biggest tents possible may not always be the wisest option, as they can be much heavier, be tricky to put up for one or two people, and may take up too much space in your vehicle. Two smaller tents side by side rather than one large tent may also give you more privacy, which can be a bonus for longer holidays or when children are of varying ages. Parents may want to keep younger children in the main tent with them, while older children or teens might enjoy the use of a single or double swag.
What about the materials tents are made of?
Both canvas (cotton) tents and tents made from man-made materials such as Nylon, PVC and others have their pros and cons and you will find as many people choosing one as the other for varying reasons. Canvas tents are made of a more breathable material and have god insulating properties, keeping you cooler in hot weather and warmer in cold times. Man-made materials are lighter and easier to handle, but may be less comfortable in very hot situations. They are also often cheaper than canvas tents and have the benefit of being easier to care for. A canvas tent will not take kindly to being packed away damp, developing mould and mildew much more easily than a polyester tent.
Isn't camping in tents a very basic, primitive experience?
It certainly can be, if that is what you are aiming for! Some people love being one with nature, and tackling the elements with just the most basic provisions. However, if you like a bit more luxury, modern-day camping can certainly provide that, with its tall and roomy tents, comfortable airbeds, portable power solutions that let you run fridges and even air conditioning, and a huge range of accessories ranging from fire pits to en-suite toilets. So whether you want to be "roughing it" or prefer "glamping", at Anaconda we can provide every level of comfort that you can think of for your next camping experience.