Tent Guide


This tent guide produced by Life’s a breeze GB Ltd, will give you the understanding and knowledge before purchasing a tent.


Tents are a great way to explore the great outdoors with family and friends. They cater for all kind of budgets but you must remember that quality doesn’t always mean a cheap price.

There are five basic types of tents on the market today which Life’s a breeze stock: Backpacking/Hiking Tents, Family Tents, Inflatable Tents, Bell Tents & Teepee/Tipi, though you’ll find many variations on all five variations.

Choosing a tent is not complicated as long as you know what roughly you want. You’ll need to decide how many people you want it to sleep how many rooms

Types of Tents

Backpacking/Hiking Tents

Backpacking/Hiking tents allow you to venture away from crowded summer campsites and out into the back of beyond. These tents will be smaller in size to reduce weight and pack size, making them ideal to carry with your rucksack. Designs are normally tunnel or geodesic shape, allowing the best in wind resistance, rigidity and stability in open areas such as fields.

Family Tents
Family tents range in size, depending on your family. From 3 berth to 10 berth, with a variety of styles, spaces and more. A family tent will usually offer a large living space and multiple bedrooms.
Family tents are becoming more and more popular, with many people in the UK seeking to holiday here at home instead of paying to fly abroad - that being said, there's something a bit more luxurious about a family tent – it's a home away from home.

These tents can also come with optional accessories including porches, tent carpets and footprints, to add extra space and comfort.

Inflatable Tents
Inflatable tents or 'air tents' as they are also known, contain the newest technology on the scene. Don’t be fooled by the name, these tents aren’t bouncy castles. The inflatable aspect is to replace the usual steel or fibre glass poles. Simply attach your pump, and inflate the inflatable beams and your tent will take shape in mere minutes.

This type of tent is becoming more and more popular with families and weekend campers alike. The beams are sturdy like a standard tent pole, but without the danger of them snapping!

Bell Tents
A bell tent is a simple structure, supported by a single central pole, covered with cotton canvas. The stability of the tent is reinforced with tension by guy ropes connected around the top of the walls and being held down by pegs around the circumference to the ground. It has a circular floor plan of some 10 ft and larger.

The multiple sizes of bell tents can be suited to their use or preference and most have a spacious interior, with room to sleep a number of people.

Teepee/Tipi Tents
Teepee/Tipi tents are ideal for festivals, families and more. These tents are deceptively spacious and offer an alternative style to standard family tents. Teepee/Tipi tents make for luxurious glamping style getaways, to lower-cost alternatives from a normal style that are ideal for backgardens, or festival camping.


The 3 types of Tent Pole

Fibre Glass Tent Poles

Fibre glass poles are the standard tent poles many will be used to. These poles are flexible, and split into sections held together with elastic. These poles are lightweight, but can split/snap when put under significant pressure. The pole will bend, but if bent too far will snap, so if you can feel the strain on the pole when pitching your tent, check that you are pitching correctly to prevent a pole break. Replacement poles can be purchased but may need to be cut to the size of your tent.

Steel Tent Poles

Tents with steel poles often come with a slightly higher cost, and will weigh more. These poles are generally used on some large family tents to add extra stability and strength.


New to the tent pole market is to have a tent with no poles at all. Instead of poles, the tent has sleeves or beams which can be inflated with a foot pump, creating a rigid inflated beam that holds up much stronger than you might think. Inflatable poles offer a great alternative to standard poles, and make for a much faster/less complex pitching.

Tent Accessories


Pegs may be included with your tent, however, depending on where you are pitching your tent you may need different pegs. There are pegs that designed to go into the soft ground like sand, or hard ground. You can also have practical glow in the dark pegs that prevent you and others from tripping over at night.

Tent Footprints

A tent footprint will protect your groundsheet from mud, moisture and abrasion. Many tents have footprints designed specifically for their shape and size; although generic versions are available too.

Tent Carpets

A little bit of luxury to make your tent a real home away from home, the tent carpet is another great insulator that will keep the warmth inside the tent and prevent the tent floor being colder under foot. It may seem a little more glamour camping than some people like, but for longer holidays a carpet can certainly make the experience more comfortable.

Wind Shield/ Breaks

Windbreaks are an essential accessory to have in your caravan or camping gear. They will help you shelter from the breeze and keep your privacy on the campsite, beach or wherever you decide to pitch. No more struggling with the wind blowing out your stove!

Tent Lighting

There are many different options for lighting but the most common for tents are hanging lanterns. A loop or clip in the tent where you can hang your lantern or torch. Some tents include a cable tidy to keep wires tucked away.

Caring For Your Tent
Caring for outdoor gear is easy when you know how. A tent cleaner and proofer will maintain the condition and performance and your tent. You should regularly clean and care for your tent to maintain it's condition, remove grime, oils and dirt, and extend the overall life of your tent.

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