A survival tent is quite similar to a regular camping tent, though the small, subtle differences, such as color and durability, are important. These tents range in price and size, with a maximum capacity to house six people, unless of course, you do not mind shelling out the money for the largest and craziest of tents. In either case, you still need to know how to properly pitch your tent so it does not collapse and the accessories you need to enhance your safety and comfort.
Even if you do not have a family, you still might want this size tent to use during a survival situation, as it would provide you with extra room and if you are accommodating, could help those less prepared by inviting them to stay until the crisis is over.
One of the better survival tent models is the Silva Copper Canyon 10, as it boasts durability, additional weather proofing and four-way ventilation. Manufactured with a fiberglass and steel frame, this freestanding tent also offers a bit of extra standing room, as it tops out at seven feet.
The majority of consumers who bought this Eureka tent felt it was easy to put up and spacious enough for their needs, with the one down fall being that you have to use all eight-guy lines for the tent to withstand high winds. Some also recommend you buy your own stakes, which is probably true for the majority of tents purchased since most tend to come with cheap stakes that do not hold the tent well and reduce stability.
If you only need a survival tent with room for one, then Eureka has a modern, functional piece that looks like a sleeping bag with a low dome overhead. This is an ideal tent, so long as you are not claustrophobic, as it has a ventilated roof, storage and even a flashlight loop. Although you cannot stand up, or even sit up in this two-foot high tent, it is easy to set up and very light to carry, which is great if you intend on changing locations.
Reviews claim it is very warm and has stood up to temperatures at 13 degrees below zero, snow and heavy rains.
When finding shelter in a survival tent, you should find it important and necessary to enhance the durability and comfort of your temporary abode. The best item for this job is a footprint, or a “ground floor” that you put on top of your tent’s floor. This helps protect the bottom of the tent, adds a little bit of cushion and also provides a small layer of extra insulation, which is a nice perk when the ground is cold or damp.
The footprints manufactured by Big Agnes come in a variety of sizes and consumers seem to favor them, as they generally have four to five star ratings. Consumers found the light weight of this product to be its best feature, as well as the fact that it keeps the tent clean, though some did question the price when compared to other products.
A survival tent is only as good as the people using it, meaning, you should have some idea of what you are doing and make other preparations, as tents are not generally warm and can easily rip or collapse if you do not properly care for them. You should have extra stakes and rope, flashlights, heavy sleeping bags, maybe even two footprints for extra padding and insulation, as well as kindling and lighter fluid because starting a fire to keep warm under wet conditions is near impossible without the right equipment.
If you like to prepare for the worst, go ahead but make sure you have everything you need and know how to use all of your supplies, which you can learn through experience.