Tents are available in a wide variety of shapes and sizes to fit almost any need. In fact, a design exists for most any outdoor event – from sheltering one to hundreds of people. Though the existence of tents has been documented dating back to ancient times, they have evolved to fit modern times.
For many, camping has been a favorite pastime. Wherever there’s a campfire there’s likely to be a family tent, and families have been using popup tents for generations when taking to the great outdoors. Depending on the area and number of people going on a trip, travelers may choose from any number of tent designs. Tents can vary by purpose, geographical distribution, price, among other factors.
Multi-person, expandable tents have been commercially available for decades. Many expand to accommodate four or more individuals comfortably, and yet, can be disassembled and packed into the tightest spaces. This allows for great flexibility when traveling by foot, for example, when space for supplies is limited to what can be carried. Depending on size, tents have evolved to include features such as windows, vents, and other features which can increase comfort.
Such tents are typically made from weather resistant fabrics which repel moisture, withstand mild wind gusts, and act as insect barriers – providing shelter after a long days’ travel. As technologies improve, so too does the quality of the coverings used in tent designs. They become tougher, lighter, and more impervious to the elements.
With improvements in coverings come improvements in the framework and support. Stronger, more lightweight coverings allow for greater flexibility in structural materials. Lighter coverings can make lightweight frames possible, thus reducing the overall weight of the tent when carried. This can translate into larger tents carried at the same weight as an earlier, smaller, design.
The history of tents is long and varied. While family and pop-up tents are quite popular, they represent only part of an ever expanding world of products designed to meet the needs of the modern day traveler. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find the right durable & reliable tent to fit your needs.
Tents continue to evolve, meeting the needs of explorers and travelers around the world. Where they go from here depends on where you go from here. When you can’t be at home, at least take some shelter with you. The world is your playground – start exploring!