If you are going tent camping, probably the most important piece of gear you need is a tent. Jason and I registered for our tent and got it as a wedding gift. We went with the Greatland (now Embark?) tent from Target:
Why did we choose this tent? For me, it was all about the screen porch. Not the most practical of reasons, I know, but it is what it is. I was also a fan of the size. To me, it’s perfect for two people to live in comfortably. According to Jason, the tent is huge. In my opinion, camping in comfort requires space, and this tent provides it. We have room for our air mattress and bags with plenty of room left to move around.
I learned a very important lesson in regards to tent choice on our first trip to Door County – water leakage. It rained throughout our second day, enough so that we checked out vacancies at local hotels while we were out for the day just in case we returned to a swamped tent. Our tent held up wonderfully. We literally had two tiny puddles from a couple of small drips through a couple of window seams. We have now survived three rain storms in our tent, and water has still not been a problem.
While we don’t lounge around in the small screen porch, it has provided the perfect transition zone for dirty shoes or wet umbrellas. What seemed unecessary has become quite indespensible.
Since Jason and I pride ourselves on being “real” campers, I’m sure this will not be our last tent. But for a first tent, we couldn’t have asked for better!