camping with Kelty {family tents}

I’ve been camping since I was a very young kid and have super fond memories of those days.  I’ve continued to camp throughout my adult years, loving most every minute of it.  Now that I have a daughter, well, it’s time to step up the camping trips.  We are so lucky to live in Southern California because the camping is incredible.  Any type of camping you desire is either minutes or a couple hours away, whether it be camped out in the snowy mountains or in the dry desert under incredible skies, it’s here.  Whether you fancy beach camping or lake camping, again, it’s all here.  With so many great landscapes around us, it would be downright irresponsible not to enjoy it.

While we still love our trips to resorts with room service, pool service, and spa service, there is something to be said about getting back to nature.  I love to tent camp, hearing the wild noises of the native creatures, the wind whipping the fly over the tent… it’s so refreshing.  With my daughter turning from a toddler to a *gasp* small child, it was time to upgrade the tent situation.  I went on a search for the absolute best family tents I could find, settling on Kelty’s Hula House 4 as my top pick.  I’ve always loved Kelty products as they are also top quality and never disappoint.  So I had no fear of taking this tent out into the beautiful yet high-elevated camping of Joshua Tree NP’s northern area.  The tent was fairly easy to set up, even with fierce winds whipping around.

What I really loved and appreciated about the Hula House tent was the space.  There is literally a large hoop (similar to a hula) that orbits around the top of the tent.  This ring pulls the tent into a shape that creates maximum room, especially height.  Unlike some of the tents I remember as a kid, this one does not come to a point.  There is plenty of room for a family of height to all stand inside the tent.  The tent itself is super breezy due to the mesh on all sides.  Once you pop the fly on, you are perfectly protected from the elements (which we learned firsthand during a stormy rainy day).  The fly creates a very welcome vestibule where you can sit, leave your dirty shoes, all while staying dry.  This came in handy quite a bit the whole trip.  Another great feature to note is the noiseless zippers.  I wouldn’t quite say they are noiseless, but definitely just a soft zip rather than those obnoxious others that you can hear all over the mountain side.  This is super handy when you’ve got to take late night potty runs and others are asleep, or during a naptime.  This high quality tent will surely be a perfect fit for many trips to come.

All hunkered down waiting for the storm

The rain comes but we stay dry (window on the vestibule)

Rain has died down, notice the easily rolled up front and vestibule space

This is a 4 person, 3 season tent, perfect for the smaller family.  The Hula House 6 holds six people, so choose that one if you have 3+ kids.  Kelty has a great variety of tents that will suit your needs, weather you need a one man deal or a mansion-style tent for your large family.  All purchasable directly from Kelty.

Special thanks to Kelty for providing a sample for review purposes.

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