Number of tent occupants
When searching for the right size of tent, it is not right to assume that a 4 man tent will be able to accommodate 4 people. It won't. It may be able to let 3 people fit inside but it will only be comfortable for 2 people.
Actually, a 4 man tent will be a tight fit for 4 people and there will be no space to include baggage. Therefore, when looking for a tent to accommodate 4 people, a 6 man tent should be chosen. This way, there will still be space left for bedding and some areas to keep other things like clothes. In case of poor weather, there will still be additional space left.
It is always important to consider the space inside which will accommodate occupants and things they want to keep with them.
Also, it is good to know the height of people who will sleep inside in a comfortable position, without being curled up. These measurements should match the tent.
Conditions wherein the tent will be used
There are various tents, some of which are designed for different environments.
A tent used on summer days are made of lightweight material, includes lots of ventilation but is not made to survive harsh conditions. On the other hand, a three season tent can withstand heavy rains and winds as well as protect from cold weather. It is wise to buy this type.
Winter tents are not commonly seen or used in Australia because of its milder conditions. However, camping in snow requires a winter tent and not a three season tent. It is important to be careful in shopping for the tent that best suits the weather conditions.
Fair weather campers, who camp during summer or on warm, sunny days need not buy a tent that is top of the line. There are instances though when a perfect weather can change fast so they should consider this scenario and see if the tent can also protect them if ever a storm arises. Certainly, cheap tents will not be able to withstand poor weather.
Easy to Set Up
There are lots of spacious tents in the market that have plenty of room to accommodate 10 people and their baggage. However, they take too long to assemble and may require more people. This is an important consideration when deciding on a tent. Even the salesmen revealed that experts found them hard to set up.
After arriving at the campsite, it will take a lot of time to set up such a tent especially when doing it alone and it wouldn't be fair to ask help from kids who just like to enjoy playing and not passing poles and pegs.
Tents can possibly be assembled in the shop though this may not be too realistic. Most people who bought tents that they like did not have the chance to see how they look in the store.
There are campsites that are not meant for bigger tents so campers have to look for a much bigger space that is far from hanging tree branches.