Camping is one of the best things you can do for your health, as spending time in nature has been linked to better sleep, better mental health, improved mental energy and more. So, this summer, consider treating yourself and your family to a camping experience. The break will leave you renewed, and the time together can create fun memories.

The simplest and most affordable way to camp is to use the old standby: a tent. Today’s tents come in many sizes with various possible features, such as multiple doors, handy pockets and mesh windows. With the right tent and sleeping set up for your needs, you can find yourself quite cozy and comfortable while tent camping.

The key for choosing the right tent is to consider these factors:

  • Size. Determine how many people and pets you’re taking along, and choose the right size tent accordingly. Note: Bigger is not always better, as bigger tents are more difficult to keep warm inside, and are often more challenging to set up. For these reasons, a family of three with a dog might be better off with a four-person tent than with a six-person tent. However, if being able to stand up inside the tent is important, going with a big tent may take priority.
  • Ease of set up. Find out how much time and challenge is involved in the tent’s set up. If you only camp a few times a year, and several people can help, perhaps a tent that’s challenging to put up is fine, while other campers might choose a tent with a simpler set up.
  • Features. Many tents come with two doors, making it easier for everyone to get in and out, which might be an important feature. Other types of features are special items like a covered vestibule for storing things inside the tent but outside of the sleeping area, and pockets for valuables like car keys and cell phones.
  • Weather proofing. One element that quickly can ruin a camping trip is rain – if your tent leaks. As detailed in Inside UL, UL tests tents with a spray test that simulates an hour of steady rainfall. After the test, UL engineers evaluate the tent for the presence of water, seam leakage and condensation to gauge whether the contents inside the tent are likely to stay dry. You can see a video of this test in progress here. When purchasing a tent, to ensure proper rainproofing, Inside UL advises choosing one with a weather-tested rain-fly and tub floors, which use waterproof material at the tent’s base and the bottom few inches of the walls to keep moisture out.

With so many tents on today’s market, you’ll surely be able to find one that fits your needs and budget. Then plan to use it soon, following these tips for safe camping.