Camping is intense! No, really. If you go camping, you will probably need a tent. Hammock lovers may disagree, and we like to sleep under the stars when the weather allows. But most of the time, finding and preparing enough shelter for yourself, your family, or your pets is a non-negotiable step towards living comfortably outside the great home.

But which tent should you choose? There are many types of tents as well as ways to go camping, and they are wide in price and facilities. To help figure out the best tent for your next adventure – whether you’re out on the weekend with family or doing Mount Whitney alone – we have our favorite selection from years of testing tents to find the perfect shelter for everyone.

Don’t see anything you like? Be sure to check out our other shopping guides like Best Rain Jackets or Best Barefoot Shoes.

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