A Screen House may be perfect in hotter climates
Utilizing a screen house or screen tent for camping may not be as unusual as you think. As a screen tent is usually used for picnics, parties, weddings or a day at the beach, they can be also be used for day and night shelters while camping. Even while using a standard camping tent, a screen house makes a great addition for serving meals, to provide shade or storing extra gear during your trip.
Camping in warmer climates demands a tent with lots of screen area for the cool night air to flow freely through. Having full air flow can make your camping trip much more comfortable.
Modern screen tents are available with awnings that can be zipped closed for wall use, such as the Canvas screen tent. These tents also provide wind and rain protection when having the walls closed. Rain flies for that unexpected downpour and to provide extra shade to your screen tent roof. A fly can make a tremendous difference on the amount of heat transferred through the roof.
Although most screen houses do not come equipped with build in floor, a tarp can be substituted as a floor if you really need one. High end models may have an optional floor available that snaps or zips in, the Paha Que Screen Tent is one example.
Choosing a screen house for warm weather camping.
Types of fabrics: Screen tents are mostly manufactured from rip-stop nylon or canvas. Nylon tents are lighter and easier to transport, may also be easier to setup depending the ability of the person doing the assembly. Canvas tents are somewhat heavier, tend to be more stable in windy conditions and may last longer than nylon tents.
Types of screen: Most screen houses will have no-see-mesh screen which is the best type, since this will ensure that no bugs, no matter how small, will not be able to penetrate through.
Types of fly: For all weather protection, your screen tent should incorporate a fly, these help protect against rain and offer sun protection to your rooftop.
Types of walls. Using just a tent with just screen walls is ok for most conditions, if you need to protect against rain or wind, you will need a tent with a wall system.
Size: Choose your size wisely, screen tents are available in square, rectangle and hexagonal shapes and in many different sizes. Determine how much space you need by making a list of all the gear you want to keep inside, add this up and add a little extra. This will ensure you have adequate space for all your gear.
We hope this has inspired you to try screen tent camping.