Sometimes you just need to sleep under the stars. Imagine finding the perfect spot to watch the sunset but missing it because you struggled to set up your tent. Now imagine waking up in the middle of the night to a rainstorm soaking through your shelter. There’s no reason you should be stuck with a bulky or flimsy tent, even if you just want a quick set up for a backyard slumber party. Whether you weather the storm in an orchard or on a mountaintop, there’s a good tent for everyone.
You can pitch this tent with your eyes closed. Amazon
This is—no exaggeration—the easiest set-up that a tent could possibly have. The pre-attached poles allow you to pitch this tent in under a minute. All you have to do is unfold it and pull up from the centerpiece. Whether you’re brand new to camping, need extra space for the family reunion, or an expert camper, it’s hard not to love this Coleman tent. We might not recommend this tent for a windy snowstorm on the side of a cliff, but it is surprisingly sturdy and well made. You won’t get wet if there’s a bit of rainfall thanks to the welded corners and inverted seams. The roomy interior (8 by 7 feet with 4-foot-11-inch center height) is great for a few people to sleep comfortably, and the whole thing collapses just as easily as it pops up.
Grab the kids (or the dogs) and go. Amazon
Family-friendly camping is made simple with this six-person sleeper from The North Face. The massive interior features a main room and vestibule area that measure 81.6 square feet and 44.7 square feet respectively. No need to worry about eating where you sleep: the vestibule can fit four camp chairs. The pockets, internal dry lines, hang loops, and hook-and-loop hanger will make your camping experience convenient and clutter-free. Enjoy the two large windows as you’re falling asleep and rest easy knowing that the heavy-duty 14mm poles will keep you grounded.
This one is just right. Amazon
If you’re looking for a solid cold-weather tent, this one will keep you dry and toasty on chilly nights. Just zip up the nylon layer and you’ll be snug, not to mention all the seams are sealed with waterproof tape. If a gust threatens to blow other tents over, this mountaineering tent will stay put thanks to the interior guy loops. Keep your things off the floor with all the mesh pocket storage, too. For all of you serious hikers, this rockstar tent has two vestibules and weighs only 5.8 pounds, which is great when you’re on the trail for days.
A lightweight, heavy hitter. Amazon
When you need a tent you can depend on through thick and thin, this is another excellent option. The Black Diamond Firstlight tent is simple and stable, but don’t let that fool you. The set up is very quick because it only has two interior poles, but it is no less stable. You’ll appreciate the interior pole pitch when you’re setting it up in the rain, too. Weighing only 3 pounds, this is a great option for a variety of adventures. When you’re ready to escape it all, the Firstlight is a good move.