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What is a Survival Tent?
A survival tent is a tent designed for use by serious outdoors enthusiasts. It’s not just any old tent – we’re not talking about the tents that people bring to music festivals or to go “glamping” (“glamorous camping”, can you imagine anything worse?).
A survival tent needs to be able to protect you from the elements, keep you warm, and ideally it’s lightweight, easy to assemble and disassemble. Some survival tents are suitable for 3 seasons, and some can withstand even extreme winters, but winter appropriate tents tend to be heavier and more burdensome than 3 season tents.
While you might be thinking that you can get away with just any old tent, there are countless stories out there of a daytrip to the woods turning into a survivalist nightmare. So, when it comes to tents it’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared – and that means buying a survival tent. You never know what might happen with regards to weather, temperature, etc, and a casual outdoor excursion can turn into a dangerous situation very quickly if you’re not properly prepared.
Survival tents do exactly what they promise. They keep you warm and dry no matter what the weather conditions, and far safer than you would be just lying out in the open in a sleeping bag. If you are finding the selection process for buying a survival tent a little overwhelming – don’t worry. We’ve narrowed down the choices down for you.
Here’s our definitive list of our favorite survival tents on the market. Somewhere on this list you’ll find a tent that meets your needs exactly.
The 10 Best Survival Tents For Wilderness Excursions
A Buyer’s Guide to Survival Tents – What Factors you Need to Consider
Weight, Size, Number of People
In any survival situation, it’s always better to have something rather than nothing at all. Keep this in mind whenever you leave on an excursion. If you are traveling by car, you can chuck a survival tent into the trunk before heading out into winter weather. You don’t need to pay any attention to how much it weighs in this case.
If you are hiking or camping, you must factor in the weight of your survival tent into the rest of your equipment. If you’re traveling solo, you might want to check out the dimensions when your survival tent is in its stuff sack as well.
A true emergency kit will always contain a basic shelter or shelter tube. They fold up nice and tight, so are perfect for any true survivalist pack that demands you travel light with minimal gear.
If you are a regular backpacker, you should factor in the weather conditions of your favorite camping spots and buy accordingly. There’s no need to weigh yourself down with a 4 season, 2 person monster when it’s usually only you alone hiking in a temperate zone.
Always remember to correlate the weight of your survival tent with the distance you will be traveling. Walking for a few miles to your top camp as opposed to trekking for miles up a mountain. Each situation demands a different tent weight.
You need a quick setup tent if it’s to be regarded as a true survival aid. A good rule of thumb is the larger and more “tent-like” your shelter is, the longer it will take to setup. It also matters how many people are with you on your hike, as some tents need two physically capable people to setup.
Not all tents are designed for use in all 4 seasons – in particular, you’ll find tents labeled “3 season” or “4 season”. The fourth season is winter, and the reason why some tents aren’t suitable for extreme winters is because there is a definite trade off between weight and warmth. That means a four season tent will typically be heavier (and more of a burden, particularly on long trips) compared to a three season tent. People who spend a lot of time outdoors will typically have both a lighter, more convenient 3 season tent and a heavier duty 4 season tent, and on excursions during the winter they’ll use the latter. You’ll have to decide for yourself what makes sense, but if you live in a place with moderate weather (e.g California) then a 3 season makes a lot of sense. If you live in an area with harsh winters, maybe a 4 season tent is the way you should go.
A proper survival tent is easy to see. If you hike alone or in extreme weather conditions, you need a bright colored tent. If you are using your tent for prepping or camouflage, then you can opt for a green or white tent according to the weather.
We hope the information provided for you here is helpful to you when you are making your selection. If you ever leave the comfort of your home or head out into areas where communication is erratic at best, be sure to take a survival tent with you. Also – always let someone responsible know where you are going and for how long you will be away.