Choosing a tent is all about personal preferences. Would you do everything to keep mosquitoes out? Do you prefer more space and feel like dancing in your tent? Does everyone in your contingent bring the same tent or can you choose your own?
Perhaps you feel like going back to basic and use a tent that is typical for your scout group. Or perhaps you feel like going ultra-light and buy a new tent. Whatever your preferences you know it’ll be your home during Roverway 2018, so balance your necessities and choose wisely.
During most Paths and at Scouting Landgoed Zeewolde you’ll be staying in tents. Bringing a spacious tent can give you a comfortable feeling during your stay, but they are often heavy and take up a lot of space in your backpack. Of course you can share a tent and divide the weight, but sharing personal space can also have some drawbacks.
Some might enjoy sleeping in a hammock. Unfortunately the woods surrounding the camping fields are packed with frail, bendable trees and you are not allowed to put your hammock up.
If your Contingent makes tents available for you to use you probably won’t be very picky, but if you’ve decided to buy a new one or if you want to figure out if your tent is suitable for Roverway 2018 you might want to pay attention to a few things.
You may want to see and sit in tents before ordering randomly on the Internet as tents are usually smaller on the inside than the description tells you. So before ordering that bargain online, you should visit some shops in the area. A 2-person tent can fit one person and luggage, but two will feel really crowded and two sleeping mats probably won’t even fit. The height can be difficult too as tents are mostly curved and are therefore always experienced lower than it says on the label. You usually sit on your sleeping mat which gives you even less height. It also is a big plus when a tent has some sort of vestibule where you can leave your boots and wet clothes.
Weight is always an issue. You want enough space for the weight you carry, but there are other aspects. Would you like glass fibre tent poles which are often light, but are less durable and can break more easily than aluminium ones? Would you like a light tent with fabric that could rip more easily or would you choose fabric that can withstand the travelling around better? Would you take a tent with a heavy-duty groundsheet, which keeps the water out, or do you believe in faith keeping your sleeping bag dry?
The Netherlands are known for the rain, from drizzle to torrential rain, but during summer it can be very dry and warm too. And especially on the coast there can be a lot of wind. These are just a few criteria you need to take into consideration. Apart from draught, heavy rain and wind you will be relocating a couple of times, so a tent that can be put up easily is a bonus. Knowing how to put up your tent before you get to the Netherlands can make all the difference as putting it up on the beach is quite challenging. The wind and the sandy surface require some developed skills. Also make sure you bring some long tent pegs so your tent doesn’t become a kite in the middle of the night.