Ultimate Camping Guide: California

California is a huge state with a plethora of tourist sites, campgrounds, campsites, state parks and national parks - and is littered with hiking trails, woodland areas and beaches. There is no limit to the places you can camp and experiences you can live. From the rugged coastline to a backcountry campsite, towering redwoods and sandy beaches, there’s a camping spot for you. This article will cover as much as possible when talking camping, whether you’re into wild camping or campsite camping, tent sites and campgrounds. There is something for everyone in the Golden State!

Where to camp in California

As mentioned, there are many locations where it’s possible to tent camp, here I will list a few locations, from north to south, with mountains, beaches, forests and more - which you could check out yourself to see if it suits your method of camping. Big Sur is a great location for backcountry camping. A rugged and mountainous section of the central coast of California, perfect for serious hikers and wilderness campers. Sierra Nevada range is another great place for mountain camping, a great place to test your skills. Yosemite National Park is a popular location, with many campgrounds with toilets in some locations. For RV campers and car campers, reservations are required year-round. Joshua Tree is another national park, where the Mojave and the Colorados desert ecosystems collide. Desert camping can be a great outdoor experience, with open skies that can provide some amazing views. Los Angeles county has some great campground and camping sites, such as Leo Carrillo and Catalina Island. A different pace to backcountry camping, but great for families who wish to explore camping. Doheny State beach and Sunset state beach are both great locations for families, and for RV hookup and Car campers. Seacliff Beach is another great location for beach camping, close to Santa Cruz so you’re a short distance from civilisation if that is something you wish to do.  San Francisco offers some great locations, such as Clam Beach County Park and Point Reyes National Seashore. Sonoma Cost State Beach is another great beach access campground, as well as Gold Bluffs Beach Campground. Lake Tahoe has a plethora of camping options, such as Eagle Point, Tahoe Valley and City of Lake Tahoe campground. A selection of area which provide amenities such as toilets, hot showers, general stores and areas for RV hookup.

What to pack for camping in California

Depending on where you wish to camp, your list of essentials will differ. For backpackers, hikers, solo/duo campers or campers who prefer to carry light, you would be wanting an UNA 1-person tree tent or a Flite 2-person tree tent. If you have the ability to carry a little extra, expand your basecamp a little with a hammock, such as a T-mini 2-person hammock to create a stack with your Flite.
For backcountry camping, or campers who are camping for a few days in one spot and don’t plan on walking so far, you would be looking at more heavy duty tents. Our Safari range are created with heavier and more durable materials than their classic counterparts, and work best in colder environments, but are considerably heavier. The essentials that all campers would be packing are a sleeping bag, portable phone charger as many campers use their phones as their GPS device, sunglasses, a first aid kit, and plenty of food and water. Depending on where you wish to camp, or the route you would have plotted for your backpacking hike, look for amenities or local stores along the way in case you do not have the carry space.

What to consider before camping in California

Before heading out on your camping expedition, check for the laws and regulations for the type of camp you wish to embark upon. If you’re planning to camp on a beach, a campsite, if you plan to make fires, if you wish to bring animals. Here is a link to California state parks rules and regulations, this could also stipulate what you can camp in, as some campsites may be for RVs only.
Before you head out, check the differences in weather between North and South California - and plan your packing accordingly, for example if you’re going to camping in stormy weather, invest in a tent wall or a Safari tent.
Finally, learn the seasons of California. Peak season is the summer when kids are out of school, shoulder season is the cooler and quieter months of April, May and October. Low season is during the winter months. Some campsites are based up on higher elevations and are only open during specific periods throughout the year. So be sure to check this before your trip.

California camping tips

Here are a few things to keep in mind before you set off on your camping experience. Be as familiar as you can with the rules before you travel, so you won’t get in trouble and interrupt your experience. Book any campsites you wish to visit in advance, and research the amenities at the sites carefully before booking as this is directly influence what you pack and your overall carry weight. Smallest crows and the best deals are in the low season, but shoulder season benefits from summer-like weather without having the deal with the big crowds of peak season. In turn, prepare for June Gloom and Grey May if you plan to camp within these months. Ensure that you pack plenty of layers. You may be heading out in the heat, but temperatures can drop at the tip of a hat, so it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Frequently asked questions

Can you camp anywhere in California?

You can camp on many  camping sites located on public land owned by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for up to 14 days. However, you will find some BLM-managed public lands that have “no camping” signs so keep an eye on those as well.

What are the must-see camping spots in California?

Here are just 3 of the top places to camp in California.
1. Yosemite National Park
2. Ventana Campground
3. Channel Islands National Park

Why hike in Los Angeles?

LA has sunny weather nearly all year round and allows you to hit some of the best beaches and mountains in the state on the same day. With many secluded hiking trails, and fantastic views, you won’t be dry on things to do out on your hikes.

Where can you camp between Las Vegas and Yosemite?

The top cities between LA and Yosemite are Santa Monica, Santa Clarita, Beverly Hills, Fresno, and Malibu. Each of these cities have some amazing campgrounds and camping sites which you can take advantage of if you are doing a road trip. Between LA and Yosemite there are some amazing mountainous areas, with some points of interest. Pyramid lake, Tejon Pass, San Joaquin valley, Bakersfield, Tulare country, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National park, are just a few places you will pass on your journey.

gennaio 19, 2022 — Jack Thomson

Ultimate Camping Guide: New York

New York and New York state has many opportunities for camping. With many state parks, campsites, campgrounds, hiking trails, fishing locations, swimming locations, tent sites and RV sites. You will always have something to do no matter what style of camper you are! In this guide, we will cover many aspects of camping in New York, and hopefully you will find what you are looking for.

Where the camp in New York State

Some top locations in The Empire State include:
- Adirondack region: some of the highest peaks in NY State, thousands of miles of hiking trails and canoe routes.
- Allegany Region: Lakes, stream, wildlife, trails and rolling countryside.
- Catskill Park: Largest and most complex natural areas in the East, on par with Yellowstone National Park.
- Central Region: Some of the best sunsets in the world when overlooking one of the Great Lakes, lush valleys, lakes and rolling hills.
- Taconic Region: With plenty of state parks and marked trails, you’ll have plenty to do. Rv camping, mini-golf and swimming pools.
- Long Island: With some fantastic campgrounds with local amenities. Picnic tables, RV camping, Camping cabins and sandy beaches.
- Thousand Islands Region: Many wonderful waterside state parks with private campgrounds and plenty of outdoor recreation, such as golf, and mountain biking.
- Genesee Region: Lushious green forests and winding rives for canoe trips and waterside camping for a great camping experience.
- Niagara: The mighty Niagara falls make for an unforgettable experience, as well as the pletfora of rivers and lakes and private campgrounds for yurt or cabin camping, fishing, and hiking.
- Finger Lakes Region: A water lovers paradise, witch natural waterfalls, fresh water swimming and accessible state parks that are naturally beautiful.
- Saratoga Region: Winding forests and rolling hills, plenty for the family to do such as horseback riding, wagon rides, biking and fishing.
- Albany: The capital city of New York State. There are six nature-based campgrounds located within City of Albany coastal Reserves. Five of these camping areas are currently fee free with the exception of Cape Riche.

What to pack for camping in New York State

The weather in NY can be up and down, so it’s always bets to pack a tent with a rainfly, and perhaps extra rainfly clips and watergates in case anything gets misplaced. Heavy duty tents will be best for long-stay camping, such as our Safari range. It’s always nice to carry extra pegs, a sleeping bag, an air mattress (our Skypad is a good choice), reservation details for anywhere you have pre-booked, flashlight/lamp and batteries (take a look at our solar powered LuminAID lantern), first aid kit, cooking equipment (stove, steel containers that can be reused, dishes), and plenty of trash bags to leave your camping pitch better than when you arrived.

What to consider before camping in New York State

Some important factors you should bear in mind when planning your New York state camping trip include:
Researching campgrounds, check to see if theyare public or private and if your method of camping is allowed (such as RV only campsites). Cehck thatbackcountry camping is permitted in the region that you are considering, and if you are camping as a large group or family, see if there are any activities or amenities you can take advantage of.
Check the rules on untreated firewood (as it was banned by New York state in 2009).
Any fees that may occur depending on where you are planning on staying.
Be mindful of animals and habitats, especially bears.
Check age limitations on campsites and maximum stay lengths so you don’t get caught up in difficulty.
Changes in the weather depending on the season.

New York state camping tips

Here are some useful tips for tent campers that may be considering venturing through New York state for the first time, or if you’ve done it before and want to learn something new.
Leave no trace: Don’t harm the trees, and leave the pitch site you chose in the same state, if not in a better state, than when you arrived.
Pack layers and rain protection, you never know when the weather will take a turn for the worse.
Make reservations well in advance, you don’t want to be geared up and ready to go and find out that you can’t camp at your desired spot because they filled up their booked slots.
If you’re bringing your dog, ensure to bring with you your rabies vaccination certificate, as this is required by state rules.
Plan meals and activities in advanced, this allows you to remain in state of relaxation and comfrt without having to worry about what you’re going to eat or what you’re going to do.
Be aware of bears and other native animals, when you’re out in the sticks, you’re near the home of many species of wildlife, be on the lookout if you have done your research.
Be considerate of other campers on the campgrounds, adhere to rules of campsites that may have quiet hours or a curfew.


Frequently asked questions


Where can I camp for free in New York?

Finger lakes national forest, New York Forest preserve land and New York State Forests all have options for free camping. If you are unsure if your desired location allows free camping, head online and have a look.

Are there state park passes for camping in new York?

The Empire Pass (https://parks.ny.gov/admission/empire-passport/#:~:text=The%20Empire%20Pass%20is%20your,at%20New%20York%20State%20Parks.&text=Empire%20Passes%20are%20available%20for,fee%20for%20day%20use%20entry.) is your key to all-season enjoyment. Instead of paying the vehicle use fee, just show this pass and you’re on your way.


Can you camp in Central Park in New York City?

It is illegal to turn up to Central Park and pitch your tent. However, the New York City Parks Department hosts occasional overnights which are free, and include dinner and a ranger-led night hike. However, these are awarded through a lottery, and have a maximum of 30 tents.


Do the state parks in New York provide camper electricity?

Use this link (https://www.ny.gov/services/find-campground-0) and check if your desired State park has the amenities you require. A lot of state parks in the Empire State provide electricity, but it’s always worth checking.

gennaio 19, 2022 — Jack Thomson

Ultimate Camping Guide: Washington

Washington State is a very diverse state that provides a range of camping opportunities for all interests, from mountains and forests to great bodies of water and beaches. With many campgrounds, national state parks, campsites for tent campers and vehicle campers, and backcountry trails for those hiking backpackers out there. This article should cover a good amount of questions for those who are yet to visit Washington state for camping, or will give extra information for those we are looking for it!


Where to camp in Washington State


Here is a list of some great spots for camping in Washington:
- Mount Rainier National Park – With popular campgrounds Ohanapecosh and Cougar Rock.
- Cascade Mountain Range
- Olympic National Park – Some places of interest include Shi Shi Beach, Kalaloch Campground and Hoh Rainforest.
- Beacon Rock State Park
- Lake Wenatchee State Park
- Camano Island State Park
- Columbia Hills State Park
- Scenic Beach State Park


What to pack for camping in Washington State


What you pack all depends on the type of camp you wish to embark on. For those wishing to go hiking along Washingtons nature trails, lightweight gear is preferable to make your carrying easier. Our UNA 1-person tree tent is perfect for those solo hikers – for 2 people, the Flite 2-person tree tent is the way to go.
For campers who like to go up against nature and love to wilderness camp, more heavy duty equipment is preferable to hold up against anything mother nature throws at you, as well as keep you warm on those cold nights. The safari vista 3-person tree tent is one of our best tree tents for just that. In fact, all of our safari range are great for those who love to be out in the sticks, setting up base camp and making the trees your home.
Essentials that all campers should carry with them include: A sleeping bag, an air mattress (this one should be your first choice), sun protection for beach camping, rain protection for unpredictable weather, a first aid kit, plenty of food and water supplies and trash bags to ensure you leave no trace you were camping (or just to respect the developed campgrounds you are camping on)


What to consider before camping in Washington State


There are a few things to consider before you go ahead and book your spot in a campgrounds, or hop in your car and go for it.
Some campgrounds operate on a reservation system whereas others may be first-come-first-serve; ensure you do your research beforehand. In most cases, first-come-first-serve camp grounds have very limited amenities and facilities or even none at all. Most are primitive campsites or dispersed campgrounds. Depending on the time of year, you may be wishing to head out during camping season, so if you are wanting to head to an established campsite, with recreational opportunities, coin operated showers or electric hook-ups for your vehicle – check if you can book a reservation and try to do it as far in advance as possible.
Check online for a State Park Pass or similar permits, these can often save you money and can make your camping experience a whole lot easier.
Before you head to your campsite or preferred camping location, check to see the laws on fires or dogs and if they are allowed.
Check bear canister regulations and other considerations concerning wild animals, Washingtons wilderness is a hub for wildlife, so making sure you pack the appropriate equipment that is legal and necessary is key to a no-hiccup experience.

Washington state camping tips

For tent campers or vehicle campers that are considering venturing through Washington State, here are a few tips to make life easier:
Reserve your camping spot months in advance, especially if you are planning to camp during peak season, particularly in summer, as I mentioned previously
Arrive early to the first-come-first-serve sites to ensure you get your desired camping spot, also to make some friends early on if that’s something you’d be into.
Consider the seasons, summer is busy, but spring and mid-summer/fall may be quieter, depending on how well your tolerate other campers.
Bring your own water, as many sites do not have a water source or the water is irrigation run off and therefore not consumable, however this will add a lot of weight to be mindful of what you pack and lay our your priorities!
Leave no trace, respect the local wildlife and always dispose of your trash properly. Try to leave your pitch as it was before you came, or even in a better state than previous.
Pack food in bear containers; you can bring your own or rent from park rangers in many places.
Consult tide charts if you are camping on the beach/near the saltwater shoreline.


Frequently asked questions


Is it legal to camp on the beach in Washington?

Most of Washington States beach is wilderness beach, so in most cases it is. However, double check your location and ensure you aren’t encroaching onto dispersed campground, as in this case you would need to purchase a pass.

Are campfires allowed in the Washington state?

Some state parks are at a level 3 campfire ban, which prohibits the use of wood or charcoal but allows gas or propane self-contained camping stoves and fire pits. Most are at a level 4, which prohibits any kind of open flame.

Can you camp during the off season in Washington state?

Yes you can, however be mindful of the temperature conditions, which can sometimes be as high 50s in the day, and low 20s in the night,

Do you need a permit to camp in Washington state?

To camp in the state parks, a daily or annual pass is required. There are also wilderness camping permits for backcountry camping, just check your desired location and ensure you do the right thing.

gennaio 19, 2022 — Jack Thomson

A guide to tree tent camping - Campsites

Campsite camping can be a great experience and differs from wild camping. On a holiday park, caravan park or tent camping park, there are many facilities within walking distance - so it's great for a family trip, or even a initial experience to build your skills. And being in a tree tent, you'll be the talk of the park! In this article we will cover tips for before, during, and after your trip to a campsite, so you can ensure you make the most of your experience.
dicembre 22, 2021 — Jack Thomson

A Guide to Tree Tent Accessories

Tree Tent camping takes what we think about traditional camping and turns it on its head. The world looks different when elevated off the ground in a tree tent, opening up new possibilities and making camping trips much more exciting.

Laying on sturdy ripstop fabric, underneath the durable waterproof removable rain fly, encased in a breathable bug net - you're in for maximum comfort and an awesome time during your stay. The versatility of Tentsile Tree Tents can be pushed further with the plethora of options available when it comes to accessories.

In this guide, we will show you what products are available, and point you in the right direction to make the most out of your camping trip with Tentsile gear.

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Protective Accessories

Why might you need protective accessories? Mother nature is unpredictable, and you want your camping trip to go without a hitch. Whether an accident occurs that damages your tree tent, or perhaps your desired spot may be a little different to what you planned. When looking for protective accessories, keep in mind these key things to consider for tree tent camping gear:

  • Weatherproofing

  • Repair

  • Durability

  • Comfort

Pick out your preferred accessories depending on the kind of trip you have planned.

If the weather looks unpredictable: check your rain fly, is it good to go? If not - do you think it could be repaired, or does it need replacing? We offer both new rain flys and repair kits, depending on the damage you need fixing.

Are there multiple campers? Consider getting a canopy to interconnect your tree tents for extra protection from the elements and adding a communal element to your stay.

Need more storage space? Get yourself a tent wall to create an inner tent from your hanging tree tent.

Extra Gear

You may need extra gear for your expedition. You can't always plan for breakages, or your desired location may not have the necessary trees, or you may need more storage both during camping and away from the tent.

If you are without acceptable trees as per our guide, then a ground conversion kit will be perfect to turn your tree tent to a more traditional-style tent. Or, if you want that suspended experience, a stand will provide the optimum tension for the ultimate tree tent experience without needing trees at all!

Opening up a whole world of possibility, from cliffside and lakeside camping, to setting up camp in your own backyard.

Need a new bag that's weatherproof? Our 35L day backpack is made of the same material as our Safari line, meaning it will withstand a whole lot of bashing, rain, and scratches - keeping your belongings safe and sound. If your tent bag is looking a little worse for wear, store your tree tent safely by replacing it.

Tree tents missing a tent pole or ropes is a sad sight. Getting yourself an affordable tent repair kit would be a wise choice. There are many different spares on the website in case you are missing anything. For extra storage while pitched, under tent storage is a great choice as it will stay safe from wind and rain, so you're happy in the knowledge your valuables are safe.

Got yourself a double hammock or more, and planning to create a stack? Get yourself a ladder to be able to hop from one layer to the next.

Portable Camping Accessories

You may fit into a particular class of camper such as hikers, backpackers, or long-term campers. Depending on the type of camper you are, you may need more portable camping accessories alongside your tree tent.

When looking for these types of accessories, think about reducing your overall carry weight without compromising on the quality of your camping.

Various sleeping accessories are available which are lightweight and will provide you with the most comfort possible. Our skypads roll into a small size, weigh less than a kilogram, and you can blow it up yourself to create your bed in the air. Or you may wish to line the inside of your tent to further insulate and protect yourself.

If your tent is compatible, get a hatch cover to block that pesky bitter wind. Or get yourself an insect cover if any unwanted critters are cuddling up to you in the night.

To avoid damaging trees, especially those of protected species, getting yourself some no-trace gear will allow you to set up your tree tent without stripping the bark off the trees. We've partnered with the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to make sure we do everything we can to keep enjoying our forests for as long as possible.

dicembre 22, 2021 — Jack Thomson

Tree Tent FAQs

You may or may not be new to tree tents. Unlike traditional ground camping, the possibilities are many due to the versatility of Tentsile Tree Tents, with a plethora of accessories to elevate your wild or campsite camping experience.

With a space between your tent and your rainfly, encased in a mesh bug net and rested upon a Skypad sleeping pad, you'll have a comfortable and memorable night. Many questions are asked about our suspended tree tents, so this article will cover a few of the main ones. Check out our other blogs for articles specific to setting up your tent.

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How many people should sleep in a tree tent?

We have a large selection of tents made for numerous amounts of people. From 1 person tree tents - The Una, to 3-person - Stingray and Connect. There are ways of interconnecting 3 Connects together by using the canopy, creating a super tree tent which can sleep 6 people. It's also possible to hang 3 one-person hammocks inside of a Stingray if you wanted to really make the most out of the space of the Stingray!

For optimum comfort, keeping your numbers to the amount the tree tent says it can hold is ideal. Each tree tent comes with the pre-estimated amount of space to give guests enough room.

As for storage, you are able to purchase extra underfloor storage so you can maintain more space in your tent, while keeping your possessions dry and safe from mildew, insects, and rain. Our tree tents can withstand a lot of weight, nearly 1000KG, so there is no worry to the amount of people that are in the tent. As long as you ensure that you pitch your tent on healthy trees, and follow our guidelines, there's a lot of wiggle room.

Who should use a tree tent?

As tree tents can be pitched up to 6 feet in the air, accessibility can get difficult. Of course, the higher up the tent is, the harder it is to get in. With a ladder, you'd find it much easier, however it takes a level of athleticism to scale it as it is a free hanging lightweight ladder. So, keep in mind the members of your group and make sure everyone can get inside.

No matter your style of camping, there is a tree tent for you. For any number of campers and any type of adventure, the versatility of Tentsile tree tents will suit your needs. Whether you're a brand new or an experienced camper, Tentsile tree tents are easy to learn to set up, and soon enough you'll be comfortable pitching over water and even over small crevasses if you really wanted to seek an adventure and show your skill. Through practice and use you'll learn the extent of the possibilities of the tree tent, and you will find out you can set up anywhere with 3 set anchor points.

Why should I use a tree tent?

Owning a tree tent opens up so much more possibilities in places to camp. Over cliffs, over water, on inclines, dense forests. The possibilities are only restricted to your ability to set up, and of course by our guidelines for setting up. The adaptability of tree tents is superior to that of tunnel tents, frame tents, or any kind of ground tent camping.

In adverse weather, you can be safe in the knowledge that you'll have ample protection from the elements as long as you possess the correct equipment. There are lightweight and heavy-duty options available depending on the type of camper you are, or the style of camp you're about to embark upon. Tree Tents are easy to set up and dismantle, after the first two trips you'll be fully acquainted with your portable suspended tree house.

Which size tree tent do I need?

For solo campers, the UNA one-person tree tent is the perfect choice as it's lightweight and compact. For pairs, the Flite two-person tree tent is the one for you, lightweight and does the job you need it to do. For groups of 3, our flagship model Connect will do the job. For more internal room, the Stingrayis perfect. For larger groups, it's possible to create the Trilogy Tent by connecting 3 Connects using a canopy, which will sleep up to 6 people.

Depending on your use of the tent, keep in mind the differences in sizes to select the appropriate tent. Backyard hangouts are very different to wild camping, so you could go with a heavy-duty safari stingray for your backyard, but it may not be suitable for one person to travel with as the weight is considerable. Weight and portability are important factors to keep in mind when searching for a tree tent to suit your needs, take their weights into consideration and see what you can do if you are a group.

The durability and weather-resistance of our tree tents can make for positive choices over traditional four-season tents. Festivalgoers would benefit hugely from a tree tent, as you'll not only be eye-candy, but the space you'd open up for more possessions is beneficial. Plus, you'd not have to search for very long to find a spot for your pitch!

If you've got any questions we haven't covered here, don't hesitate to get in touch to ask us.

dicembre 22, 2021 — Jack Thomson

Create the Ultimate Kids Hangout in Your Garden

Kids can find fun in everything, especially when there's a tree tent stack waiting outside! Having a suspended tree tent opens up many possibilities for younger kids to explore their imaginations and make the most of the space you have in your garden.

In this article, we’ll take a look at a few different ways you can make use of your backyard to turn it into the perfect hangout for your children to enjoy.

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Building Your Kids Hangout

If you have a Tentsile tree tent, and the space, you have the building blocks to create the perfect place for family, friends, and kids to enjoy. Re-imagining the tent as a play fort opens up a range of fun plans. Birthday parties, backyard hangouts, arts & crafts - there are so many possibilities when making use of your outdoor space.

No trees? No problem. Our stand can provide the base for your tree tent to become whatever you want it to be.

Planning a large gathering, such as a birthday party or celebration? Building a stack is the perfect choice, with more area to play or sit on. Lay out a hammock and relax while you watch your little ones explore!

During summer months, your children's tree fort during the day could become its old self by night, and your garden will become its very own campsite. Read this article to find out more about backyard camping.

Garden Hangout Activities

You've got your tree tent set up, and the kids are loving it. What next? There's plenty to do now your bespoke suspended tent is perched in your backyard. Sit comfortably in the air and play your favourite board games under the sun, or if you have younger children, sit with them as they play with their own toys. Lay out a picnic and enjoy being outside with your family. Pull out some chairs and play some popular party games, like musical chairs. Or sit one of your kids in the tent and play red-light green-light!

If you have a spare strap, use it to play limbo, badminton or volleyball. Use the tent opening as a goal when playing soccer, or use one of our hammocks and compete with each other to throw balls into it from a distance.

During birthday parties, your tent will be the focal point of the day, and the kids will love being able to jump in and out while enjoying the activities you lay out for them.

Garden Kids Hangout Tips

During your hangout, there's always a few things that can be forgotten. Keep your rainfly close to hand, in the case the weather takes a turn and the heavens open. Or, set it up to block the sun and keep your kids' safe from sunburn.

If you have one, a ladder would make getting in and out easier, especially if you've built a stack so your kids can have fun traversing between the layers.

Are there loads of bugs around? As evening falls and pests such as mosquitos come out of hiding, let accessories such as our double-bubble insect net fix that problem.

If you've got pets, keep those in mind when setting up your tree tent, set it up too low and your little puppy could nibble or scratch at the material. Keep a close eye on younger children, as the tent’s movement could knock their balance, so it's always handy to be close by in case of any potential accidents. A kid-friendly hangout isn’t always a kid-proof one!

With your new hangout space created, and the tips we've covered, your family and friends (especially your kids) will be in for a great experience, all from the comfort of your backyard!

If you have any questions about backyard camping or our tree tents and hammocks, please get in touch!

dicembre 22, 2021 — Jack Thomson

Tree Tent Accessories: Gear

Tree Tent camping is an exhilarating experience and can give an additional sense of freedom that traditional camping lacks. The versatility of a tree tent or hammock opens up many doors for your camping experience, but we want to make your trip extra comfortable, and reassure you that you'll have a smooth and stress-free camping trip.

In this article we’ll go through our accessories, and how to make Tentsile tree tents adaptable to your liking.

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Extra Gear for Your Tree Tent

A multitude of things could occur while out on your camping trip, and it's always the better choice to be 'safe than sorry'. Your shelter while out wild camping is your solitude, your home while out in nature, and you need to be prepared for whatever mother nature will throw at you to stay a happy camper. Having the right tree tent gear will help nudge you in the right direction.

Unexpected weather can put a dampener on your camping experience, there may not be appropriate trees for your pitch in your desired location, on your way back you realize that your bag has taken a beating, or while out on a hike - a winged saboteur has created a much unneeded hole in your tent. We have everything you could need in each of these cases.

Conversion Kits and Stands

You've arrived at your desired location, but the trees are too far apart, or there’s a huge dead tree to compromise your experience. You decide to head home with your head in your hands, but wait! Our Una, Flite, Connect and Stingray tree tents (and their Safari variants) each have their own Ground Conversion Kit (GCK), which turn our tree tents, into traditional ground tents. Although you're not getting the suspended experience, you are at least able to enjoy your initial desired location in the comfort of your portable shelter. And it doesn't add a whole lot to the overall carry weight, ranging from 1.4KG to 3.2KG.

If nothing but suspended sleeping will do, we even have a stand that is perfectly aligned with each of our tents. So, you can have the tree tent experience, without the trees! As they are made from corrosion-resistant aircraft aluminium, the carry weight is 45KG, so make sure you plan accordingly for transportation of this amazing bit of kit.

Bags

When out camping, you need a durable bag that can withstand scratches, knocks, and harsh weather to protect what is stored inside. Our 35L Day Rucksack is made from the same heavy-duty material as our Safari range of Tree Tents and Hammocks. It's extremely tough and durable and is 100% waterproof helping to keep your gear clean and dry. It has a large, zipped pocket at the front and a black mesh pocket on either side, perfect for water bottles and phones. It also has a large internal pocket which is great for separating your camping gear. If your tent bag gotten a bit worse for wear, no sweat, we have every bag you could need on our website. They are also handy as a second bag to store whatever you want!

Spares and Repairs

After a lot of use, the little things you use eventually wear out. Straps, carabiners, tree protector straps, whopper slings, spreader bars - all sorts of bits that you need will get overused and compromise your tree camping experience. We have an assortment of available stock for spares and repairs to suit your needs. It’s also handy to have a tent repair kit in your bag, just in case any holes are nicked into them, and you can patch them up while on your trip. Each repair kit comes with:

  • 1 x Tear-Aid instant repair patch. It's strong, flexible, and waterproof.

  • 2 x Pole sections (for specifically chosen model.

  • 1 x 1m Spare bungee cord.

  • 3 x C-clips.

  • 3 x Hooks.

  • 2 x Mesh patches.

Lost a watergate or need a spare peg or tent pole? A few clicks and they’re on their way!

Ladders and Storage

Want to set your tent up just that bit higher next time? In order to get into your cosy new suspended tent home, you’d need to get a lightweight ladder. Adding just 114 grams to your overall carry weight, you won’t be over-encumbered, and you’d be able to pitch your tent up to 6 feet high.

Have a double hammock or bigger? Set that up first, stand on top, and have fun strapping your tent 10 feet in the air and climbing the ladder to your sky fort! Need that extra bit of storage? We have affordable under tent storage, which will keep anything you put in them safe and dry.

If you really wanted to max out your storage, then investing in a tent wall will turn your suspended tent into a ground tent hybrid! Strapped down from the underneath of your tent, you'd have equally as much space as the area size of your tree tent. Great for multiple people or just a place to get out of the wind!

If you have any questions about backyard camping or our tree tents and hammocks, please get in touch!

dicembre 22, 2021 — Jack Thomson

Ultimate Guide to Backyard Camping

Camping is a great way to bring the family together, but it's not always possible to get out to a campsite with your tree tent. Having a camping experience is possible right outside your back window, and in this guide we will show you how to make a backyard campout a fun activity, for younger and older kids, and adults too!

Choosing a Tree Tent by Weight

Whether you're a solo camper about to go on an epic hike, or a group out for a camping adventure, choosing your tent can be one of the most important steps.

If you’re anything like us, you'd be taking a tree tent. But which type? Heavy duty or Lightweight? In this article we'll give you some pointers and try to get you on the right track before you head out on your journey.

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Tree tent weight considerations

When you're looking for a specific weight class, you need to take into consideration what your trip will consist of, and how many people are going:

  • If you’re going it alone, we’d suggest the UNA tree tent, our one-person tree tent.

  • Two of you? The Flite balances extra space without adding too much weight.

  • Three? Our flagship Stingray will suffice, but as it's rather large it could be heavy - in this case our Connect will tick all the boxes.

  • If your party is between 4-6, then our Universe or Trilogy will give you the experience you're dreaming of.

Partner whatever tree tent you get with our hammocks so you can really make nature your home and relax. Are you heading to a campsite? Make sure you check the rules on tent size before you head out. How much can you store in your vehicle? If you were wanting separate tree tents, make sure you have the space. How many of you are going to distribute the overall weight? If there are just 2 of you, but you'd like a bit more wiggle room, our Connect will prove easier to balance with two people as it’s heavier than the Flite.

What season are you taking your trip in? Our Safari range is made of more robust material, capable of keeping a lot more heat in. If you're expecting to be a little chilly, think about your sleeping bag, or even your Skypad, the weight all adds up.

Check out our tent comparison guide for a more general overview of what we have available.

Heavy duty

If you want a little more space in your tree tent on your trip, and you get an extra person tent (2 people in a Connect/Stingray) the tent is considerably larger than a Flite. Naturally, a larger tent will weigh more, but you can reduce this by splitting the load between the two of you amongst your other camping gear.

If you go for our super-robust Safari range, the material is heavier than their standard counterparts. They are a preferable choice for winter camping, or for colder climates, they may be a necessity, so make sure you get the right number person tent.

You'd be wanting a heavy duty tent for car camping, or even for backyard camping with your kids. The Safari Vista is Tentsile's biggest Tree Tent. It is also a "3-in-1" as it can convert from a 3-person giant open hammock to a hammock with a roof, or a complete Tree Tent with rainfly and insect mesh. Its size and versatility are perfect for young families and small groups.

If there are a lot in your party, The Trilogy is a truly awesome piece of equipment for any adventurous camping group or team wanting to have a full base camp in the wild. This suspended tree-fort for six people, can easily be converted to sleep nine people by simply adding any standard hammock under each Connect!

Lightweight

For smaller groups or backpackers, you'd be wanting a lightweight tent to accommodate the walking you'd be doing to your destination and back. Wild/backcountry camping or multi-day trekking. Or even for the festivalgoer, who wants a more glamorous and comfortable camping experience rather than on-the-ground traditional camping. Overall, you need something portable and comfortable.

Why not get a hammock too, or double hammock, to really take your experience to the next level. Our Flite is Tentsile's lightweight 2-person Tree Tent. With its built-in no-see-um insect mesh and removable rainfly, this model is perfect for hiking and backpacking adventures with a friend. If you're going one-to-one with mother nature, and heading out alone, the UNA is exactly what you need. And make your night the most comfortable you've ever had outside of your bed with a Skypad.

To sum up, check over all your needs and make a checklist. After assessing your situation, make your decision on what tree tent you will be getting. Regardless, you'd be in for a comfortable, fun, and exhilarating experience with our Tentsile tree tents and hammocks.

Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or want a few more pointers to help make your decisions.

dicembre 22, 2021 — Jack Thomson