One of the great things about camping is that it is easy to pop away somewhere for the weekend without breaking the bank.
Weekend camps are typically one night, though may be two if you can get away Friday night.
You therefore don’t want to take a lot of gear as setting up takes time, and you’ll be rushed to setup, have evening meal, go to bed, only to wake up and take it all back down again. No fun at all.
Single Bedroom Family Tents
Depending on how big your family is, you may decide to opt for a single bedroom tent.
Yes, these will be very cosy, but if you don’t mind sharing these are quick and easy to put up.
Also the fact that these are smaller will encourage you to take less stuff for the over night camp, which will also make life simpler in setting up and packing away.
You don’t need to go to a small backpacking type of tent though, as there are a few great family single bedroom tents.Outwell Earth 5 tent.
This is a single bedroom tent managed to fit all 5 of us.
It was also small enough to easily fit in the boot of the car and meant we didn’t need to take the trailer, so setting up camp was really quick too. Just what you need when you are just camping one night at the weekend.Robens Mescalero.
Two Bedroom Family Tents
Typically though most families would opt for a two bedroom tent, enabling some separation between Mum’s and Dad’s room and the kid’s.
There are quite a few smaller two bedroom tents that are great for just a single night’s camp….though could be a bit cramped if staying longer. You can also find some larger two bedroom tents that are light enough to use on both weekends and holidays but will be a bit bulkier to transport and longer to pitch.
Pop Up Tents
Pop-up tents are extremely quick to put up. However, there are a lot of cheap pop-up tents aimed at the music festival market. These tend to be unstable and have an inadequate fabric, with no inner tent. They are designed to be relatively disposable, and not ideal for family camping.
Air Framed Tents
Air framed tents came onto the market with the Vango Airbeam range a few years ago, where air is pumped into the frame of the tent so that you don’t need to use tent poles. This makes them very quick to put up.
Development on this style of tent has continued and you can now get air framed tents from a number of manufacturers.
Tents such as the Outwell Tomcat may bridge that gap though as you can get a smaller tent and add an extension for when you need to make the tent bigger.
Many tents also have extensions, providing you with that bit extra living space (you can find tent extensions here).
For weekend camps it’s best to avoid these as they will just increase the time to set-up camp. However, if you choose a two-bedroom tent for example, getting an extension would give you that additional space for longer family camping holidays, and so providing you with a little bit more flexibility and no need to buy two tents.
Weekend Camping Tents
Below are a few tents we suggest you look at for weekend camping. Some are larger than others, so you’ll need to judge for yourself what’s best for your situation.
Example Weekend Tents
Below are some examples of weekend tents and what you might expect to pay. Some are smaller tents, and some a tents that you could use for weekends or longer stays, with perhaps some additional shelter, or they are large tents that can be pitched quicker.
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