10 Best Camping Tents for Your Hitchhiking Journey

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A good camping tent can mean the difference between a fantastic hitchhiking trip and a disastrous hitchhiking trip. You certainly don’t want to face the wrath of a subpar tent just as you’re taking a much-needed nap after a long day on the road.

As hitchhikers ourselves, we understand how difficult it can be to choose the right camping tent for your hitching journey. There are numerous factors to consider before deciding on the best camping tent for your needs.

Choosing the best camping tent is a time-consuming but not difficult task.
So, based on our experience hitchhiking for thousands of miles and researching what other hitchhikers use, we have compiled a list of the 10 Best Camping Tents for Your Hitchhiking Journey.

So, let’s dive right in.

What things should I consider before buying a camping tent for hitchhiking?

Price- The most important factor before buying a camping tent is how much should you spend on a camping tent? As a hitchhiker, you are travelling on a budget and if you want to keep it that way then finding the right balance between price and the quality of the tent is important.

Considering your trip, you shouldn’t spend too much money on just one thing but on the other side make sure you buy a tent which has all the qualities you are looking for and is the right fit for your journey.

Weight– The second most important factor while choosing a camping tent for hitchhiking is weight. The weight factor is often overlooked by many newbie hitchhikers while they are on their first trip. I have to admit that we did the same mistake on our first trip by packing a heavy tent in our backpacks.

When it comes to hitchhiking, always remember two things- lightweight and foldable. Even though your tent is going to be your home for most of your trip, it doesn’t mean you break your back by carrying a heavier one.

Ease of Setup– You don’t want to find yourself in a situation dazed about how to set up a tent after a long hectic day of walking on the road. Add to those other uncertainties of your camping location, so it makes sense to choose a camping tent that can be set up easily within few minutes without much of a hassle. 

After you buy a camping tent make sure you practice setting it up a few times in your backyard or at a public park. This way you suddenly won’t find yourself trying to know what’s it all about and looking silly in front of other fellow hitchhikers.

Water-resistant – The biggest nightmare for any camper is finding himself amid a deep slumber and a heavily leaking tent. We have faced this situation when we started hitchhiking more often than we expected.

Although most tents are made of water-resistant material, they do differ in their quality of the material they are made of. So, while buying a tent make sure the water-resistant feature actually works and isn’t just a gimmick.

Adaptability – A weather suitable tent is always a great option for hitchhiking. You would definitely want to have a tent which is suitable for all kinds of weather be it hot, cold or cloudy weather. 

Also, there are unexpected downpours in some part of the world, so having a camping tent that can withstand everything is a big relief as a hitchhiker. 

Here are 10 Best Camping Tents for Your Hitchhiking Journey

REI Co-op Half Dome SL 2+ & 3+

REI Co-op Half Dome
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MSRP: $279

SIZES AVAILABLE: 2 plus & 3 plus

THE SIZES WE TESTED FEEL: Comfortable for 2P and 3P

WEIGHT: 4 lbs. 13.5 oz. (2 plus without footprint)

DIMENSIONS (L x W x H): 92 x 56 x 42 in.

PROS: Affordable, high-quality poles/materials, quick/easy setup, lightweight, compact, 2 doors/vestibules, smooth zippers, good ventilation, good pockets, footprint included

CONS: Can’t stand up inside, guylines not pre-attached, not enough stakes/guylines

Bottom Line – The REI Half Dome is a perfect lightweight, water-resistant and easy to set up the tent for couples or if you are travelling with a partner. 

It is extremely lightweight compared to similar tents in this category which folds easily and sits comfortably in your backpack. The tent can comfortably withstand high winds and can be pitched easily within a few minutes. 

The Half Dome is the best option if you are looking for a tent that can easily accommodate two people, is light-weight, durable, can adapt to all weather conditions and is reasonably priced.

REI Grand Hut 4

REI Grand Hut 4 - camping tents for your hitchhiking journey
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MSRP: $299

SIZES AVAILABLE: 4P & 6P

THE SIZE WE TESTED FEELS: Luxurious for 2P, comfortable for 3P, and tight for 4P

PACKED WEIGHT: 14 lbs. 2 oz.

DIMENSIONS (L x W x H): 100 x 86 x 75 in.

PROS: Affordable, quick/easy setup, high-quality poles/materials, room to stand, 2 large doors/vestibules

CONS: Won’t do well in the heavy wind due to height (though staking out all guylines helps), guylines not pre-attached, not enough stakes/guylines included

Bottom Line – If you love to hitchhike with your family and are looking for a tent that can easily accommodate a family of 4 persons, then look no further than REI Grand Hut 4.

The Grand Hut provides a superb balance of quality and affordability making sure you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars for a good tent. The Grand Hut stands out with its spacious interiors and the ease with which it can be set up.

The Grand Hut can easily withstand stormy weathers thanks to its full-length rainfly, large vestibules and extra-thick poles.

REI Co-op Trail Hut 4

REI Trail Hut 4
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MSRP: $299

SIZES AVAILABLE: 2P & 4P 

THE SIZES WE TESTED FEEL: Comfortable for 1P & 2P

WEIGHT: 8 lbs. 1.6 oz.

DIMENSIONS (L x W x H): 90 x 88 x 48 in. 

PROS: Affordable, fairly lightweight, compact, quick/easy set-up, 2 doors/vestibules, smooth zippers, footprint included

CONS: Can’t stand up inside, less headroom than some, not enough stakes/guylines included, guylines not pre-attached

Bottom Line – This extremely lightweight tent under 10 lbs is perfect for solo wanderers. The REI Co-op Trail Hut 4 offers the best features of premium tents like two vestibules, good vents and generous living space at an affordable price.

The tent can be set up within a few minutes and can easily withstand stormy weathers with ease. If solo travelling is your thing then, Co-op Trail Hut is a smart choice.

Also Read: 10 Best Backpacks for your Hitchhiking Journey

REI Groundbreaker 2

REI Groundbreaker 2
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MSRP: $79.95

SIZES AVAILABLE: 2P

THE SIZE WE TESTED FEELS: Comfortable for 1-2P

PACKED WEIGHT: 4 lbs. 13 oz.

DIMENSIONS (L x W x H): 88 x 52 x 40 in.

PROS: Affordable, quick/easy set-up, relatively lightweight, compact

CONS: Can’t stand up inside, limited interior space, limited ventilation, only 1 door, no vestibule, lower-quality materials

Bottom Line – The Groundbreaker 2 is a perfect tent for solo hitchhikers or beginners who are on their first hitchhiking journey. The tent is inexpensive but has got enough space for a person and his travelling gear.

It is suitable for normal weathers and occasional downpours and can withstand mild stormy weathers easily. This tent weighs less than 5 lbs making it the most compact tent to carry around in your backpack.

Coleman Sundome 4

Coleman Sundome 4
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MSRP: $99.99

SIZES AVAILABLE: 2P, 3P, 4P & 6P

THE SIZE WE TESTED FEELS: Comfortable for 2P and tight for 3P or more

PACKED WEIGHT: 10 lbs. 3 oz.

DIMENSIONS (L x W x H): 108 x 84 x 59 in.

PROS: Affordable, quick/easy set-up, relatively lightweight & compact, includes all guylines, stakes & a doormat

CONS: Low-quality poles/materials, not fully seam-taped, can’t stand up inside, limited ventilation, single door, zipper snags at times, no vestibule, weak carrying case

Bottom Line – The Coleman Sundome 4 is the best choice if you are hitchhiking as a couple for a short time. The Sundome is the cheapest tent on this list which is best for two or three people.

The tent is extremely lightweight and easy to carry around and set up within a few minutes.

If you are looking for a tent that is simple and cheap and is suitable for occasional camping trips then Sundome will do a fine job for the price.

REI Co-op Passage 2

REI CO-op passage 2
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MSRP: $159

MEASURED WEIGHT: 5 lb. 7.5 oz. 

DIMENSIONS (L x W x H): 88 x 52 x 40 in.

SIZES: 1P, 2P & 3P

PROS: Affordable, durable, freestanding, large doors/vestibules, strong zippers, easy setup, simple/effective design, footprint included

CONS: Heavier and bulkier than some

Bottom Line– This tent strikes a great balance between price and functionality. If your newbie hitchhiker travels with a partner or as a couple on a tight budget then this is a perfect choice for you.

The REI Co-op Passage 2 is lower on weight and easily fits in your backpack with some space to spare. The tough water-resistant material ensures that you are cocooned from occasional storms or downpours. 

REI Co-op Trail Hut 2

REI CO-op Trail Hut 2
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MSRP: $199

MEASURED WEIGHT: 5 lb. 8 oz. (without footprint)

DIMENSIONS (L x W x H): 88 x 52 x 40 in.

SIZES: 1P, 2P

PROS: Double-Wall, 2 Doors/Vestibules, Freestanding, Good price to feature ratio

CONS: No footprint included, not suitable for extreme weathers

Bottom Line: The REI Co-op Trail Hut 2 is the cheaper version of Trail Hut 4 which strikes a balance between price and functionality. Trail Hut 2 is a good choice for hikers on a tight budget.

The tent is made to withstand all types of weathers and last for thousands of miles of your hiking journey. If you looking to cut down on cost then Trail Hut 2 is a smart choice otherwise go for a more enhanced version of this tent the REI Trail Hut 4.

Mountainsmith Morrison 2

Mountainsmith Morrison 2
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MSRP: $179.95

MEASURED WEIGHT: 4 lbs. 11 oz.

DIMENSIONS (L x W x H): 92 x 56 x 43 in.

SIZES: 2P and 3P

PROS: Double-Wall, 2 Doors/Vestibules, Freestanding, Good interior space

CONS: No top bar for vertical walls, less vertical space, not suitable for extreme weather conditions

Bottom Line: If you are looking for a tent that offers you some of the features of the REI passage 2 at a lower price, then Mountainsmith Morrison 2 is the tent for you.

The Mountainsmith delivers plenty of floor dimension with space enough to accommodate your travel gear. 

The Mountainsmith compromises on the tent material but considering its price and features offered, it’s definitely an option you could think of.

Alps Mountaineering Lynx 2

Alps Mountaineering Lynx
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MSRP: $149.99

WEIGHT: 5 lbs. 4 oz.

DIMENSIONS (L x W x H): 90 x 60 x 46 in.

SIZES: 1P,3P

PROS: Double-Wall, 2 Doors/Vestibules, Freestanding, Good interior space

CONS: Bit bulkier and heavy than other tents, No crossbar for vertical walls, not suitable for stormy weather conditions

Bottom Line: Another tent that is reasonably priced with a classic and simple design. The tent is a bit on the heavier side but that also comes with lots of interior space for all your travel gear.

If you are looking for a good 1P or a functional 3P tent then go for Alps Mountaineering Lynx 2.

Marmot Catalyst 2p

Marmot Catalyst2p
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MSRP: $183

MEASURED WEIGHT: 4 lbs. 11 oz.

FLOOR DIMENSIONS: 88 x 53 x 44 in.

SIZES: 2P,3P

PROS: 3-Season, Double-Wall, 2 Doors/Vestibules, Freestanding, Footprint included

CONS: Poor ventilation, Asymmetrical shape

Bottom Line – The Marmot Catalyst 2P is one of the best lightweight tents for 2P available in the market. It has a good blend of weight and interior space compared to other budget tents in this price segment.

With all its quirks and asymmetrical shape, the Marmot still holds on its own as a good budget tent under 200$ for 2P.

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Aditya Bhosale
Hello there. For the past five years, I have worked as a travel blogger, photographer, and digital marketer. I packed my backpack, pulled up my socks, and have been wandering around the world wherever the roads lead me since quitting my mundane 9 to 5 job.

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