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New to Camping Guide by The Glampers - Part 1

New to Camping Guide by The Glampers - Part 1

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New to Camping Guide by The Glampers - Part 1

With so many people now choosing to embrace the great outdoors and plan their staycation within the UK, Vango ambassadors, The Glampers, offer their guide for successful camping to new campers. Check out part 1 of this series - Choosing your tent!

Choosing a tent for the first time can be daunting, there are so many different models, styles and sizes on the market. This simple guide will help you make this choice by knowing what to look for to make the right choice for you.


If you are looking for a family tent, then you need the right size to accommodate all family members comfortably. As an example, a 600XL tent would comfortably sleep 6 people (600 meaning 6 people). It is important to research your tent before purchasing it. Vango provides a floorplan for each model so you know the exact dimensions of what you are buying. Consider the pack size of the tent for transportation and dimensions to help with pitch size queries.

Pole or AirBeam®?

When choosing a tent you have the option of traditional pole tents or inflatable AirBeam® tents. We have a Vango Edoras Air 600XL AirBeam® tent and a Vango Rosewood Pole tent.
If you have smaller children a good option for you might be an inflatable tent as these are quicker to pitch and less hassle when on the campsite, just peg out all four corners of the tent then inflate the beams and peg out the guylines. These tents can be pitched in half of the time with much less effort. See Vango's range of AirBeam® tents here:

Waterproof rating

All good tents now come with a waterproof rating and this is usually in 'HH' (Hydrostatic Head), our tent has a waterproof rating of 5,000mm HH, meaning it is very waterproof and can withstand any downpour the UK weather can throw at it. So you do need to consider the waterproof rating of your tent before making a purchase. Cheap tents often come with a low HH rating, so at first glance the tent looks the part but when you get a downpour of rain the poor quality really shows.


A good airflow throughout your tent is absolutely vital in terms of preventing a build-up of condensation. Often, people mistake condensation build-up with a leaking tent, as when condensation builds up it has the appearance of a leaking roof, it is important to know which is the case. Condensation can be minimised by opening all the ventilation points on your tent. Some Vango tents have AirZone® points under each window and some models have vents situated at the front and the rear of the tent and above the sleeping pods to the rear. All these points should be open continuously, especially when sleeping. Most Vango tents have inner mesh doors too, as well as AirZone® ventilation points, which can be used to allow a constant flow of air on hotter days without worrying about bugs getting in. Making sure to use the ventilation points can help extend the life of your tent and make for a more comfortable sleep.

Polycotton or Polyester?

When deciding on your new tent, you will notice two main types of flysheet, Polycotton and Polyester. Polycotton or Technical Cotton tents are luxurious to the touch and are usually slightly more expensive due to the blended fabric, and are a lot cooler in hot weather and warmer in colder weather. These tents are considerably more heavy than their Polyester counterparts. Polycotton tents can last a very long time as long as they are well cared for.
Polyester tents seem to be the common choice with campers as they are cheaper to buy and lighter to carry. However, the material on these tents is not as strong as Polycotton and can be warmer inside in hot weather (pro-tip for this is placing silver foil blankets on the roof of your tent with the silver side up, this should reflect the heat away from your tent on a hot day!).

We hope this guide will help you in deciding which tent is the right one for you. Watch out for part 2 of our new to camping series!

The Glampers x