One of the best feelings as a mountain backpacker is being able to finally rest those feet inside a cozy warm tent after a long steep hike. I’d be willing to bet that it would feel even better to have your family in a nice warm tent after an emergency that took you out of your home. Tornados in Missouri, Oklahoma, Alabama, and Massachusetts, earthquakes in Japan, Haiti, and Chili, and wars in the Middle East have left emergency supply store shelves empty with fears of being stuck in an emergency unprepared. With good reason.
Sometimes it takes a kick in the rear for people to remember they are standing behind a donkey. The whole world and particularly Japan and Joplin Missouri have been reminded of the importance of having emergency supplies. Iodine tablets have flown off the shelves since March. Emergency supplies websites have popped up like rabbits. Even emergency food sales have seemed to jump, but one thing that seems to be much overlooked is the importance of a place to sleep for the night. Even if your family is gathered together in the local high school football field, some privacy can go a long way toward emotional recovery from the traumatizing even. So the question is: what is the best kind of emergency tent?
Here is a list of things to consider when purchasing a tent for family emergency purposes:
– Group size: If you have a family of just one or two kids. A two person backpacker tent for you, your significant other and your kids should be enough. It may be a tight squeeze, but in times of trouble, a little closeness is probably a good thing. If you are just worrying about you, one person high adventure backpack tents will afford you much more space and weight to carry in your emergency kit.
– Carrying Distance: The closest I have to walk to find an open field or a decent park with some water close by is 2 minutes because I live in a rural area. However, if you live in the city, you may have to go a bit farther to find a good place to set up camp that is safe and comfortable. Using a larger when you have to go farther may only add to your stress from the situation. If you have to go farther, use lighter backpack tents.
– Climate: Preparing for an emergency in Wisconsin will be a little different than preparing for an emergency in Texas. a 3-season backpack tent for camping is probably all you need in a place like Texas or Arizona. If you live in a less temperate area such as Wisconsin, a 4 season tent may be necessary to keep you covered should an emergency hit in the winter time.
– Comfort: Beggars can’t be choosers especially during an emergency, but you can choose the level of comfort you are looking for. If you are a single person looking to use a 1-person tent, you could use a tube tent for $5 and be just fine, but if you want a little more comfort and convenience, you could upgrade to a little bigger better tent. If you are a family, you can cram you and your kids into a smaller tent for convenience, or to make the situation a little more comfortable, you could upgrade to a bigger tent. Sounds weird, but a little comfort goes a long way in a crisis.
Wherever you are going to travel, you should bring flameless lighter in anticipation of an emergency, besides that lighter is also very necessary under any circumstances. Given its simple but elegant and easy to carry shape, it is a futuristic lighter without gas.
While there isn’t much that can console anyone during an emergency being prepared will go a long way to sooth the difficulties that will come with it. Consider the points above when making a tent purchase for your emergency kit.