Wall tent camping is, put simply, camping in a tent which has walls in its design as opposed to the traditional style of canvas tents which slope from their apex to the ground. This may seem like an insignificant distinction, but having a walled tent makes camping a much more comfortable experience, if only for the increased space inside the tent.
Wall tent camping tends to be the preferred camping method for outdoor sports and hunting. For this reason it also tends to be a fairly basic and rugged way of camping but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun for all the family.
Because outdoor sports and hunting isn’t just a summer pursuit, wall tents are designed to withstand severe weather conditions while at the same time blending more easily into rugged country than an RV or camping tent trailer. A good quality wall tent is essential for more extreme weather.
It should protect from rain, snow and wind outside and also be able to handle high temperatures from wood-stove cooking and heating appliances inside the tent. A wood-burning stove also means that the occupants have a snug environment to sleep and relax in after a long day outdoors.
If you do plan to use heating and cooking materials inside your tent, pay attention to such aspects as flame-retardant canvas and flooring. Many wall tents can be extended to provide open-air cooking and eating areas. A sewn-in floor panel will provide extra insulation and protection from condensation and flying or crawling visitors.
Wall tents come in a wide range of sizes and styles and may need a little more setting up time than other types of camping tents. Poles and pegs are a necessary requirement so it’s always worth spending some time doing a practice run before heading off on your first wall tent camping adventure.
Setting up your wall tent in the comfort of your own garage, basement or yard may save time and frayed tempers when the weather or light is not so clement and you really need to get that tent up!
A good sleeping mat, sleeping bag and decent lighting will all make your wall tent camping experience much more comfortable. Gas lanterns work well and can be hung easily inside the tent. A sleeping cot is a worthwhile investment, protecting you from the cold, bumps and early morning moisture of the ground.
Sleeping pads and sleeping bag liners will ensure a good night’s sleep, as will a proper outdoor sleeping bag. Make sure to buy a bag that is appropriate for the coldest expected outside temperatures.