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Message posted by RachlN7621/5/2021 at 10:46pm
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My 14 year old daughter has announced that there is no way she will share a tent with us (we are all horrible and snore apparently!)
But she has agreed that she might come with us if there is wifi and she has her own tent - typically loving and sociable teenager.

But Iím wondering what counts as a Ďpupí tent.

We have a tent that is something like this one - https://www.awin1.com/cread.php?s=440107&v=3549&q=211961&r=62066=&p=https://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/15982996/wild-country-hoolie-compact-2-etc-tent-15982996
(I canít remember exactly what it is, it was a bit of an eBay impulse purchase!). I think itís pretty big for a 2 man tent because it has that sort of porch bit. But would probably be really good for her.

But are there generally rules about size? In which case could anyone recommend something? We are notoriously not great with pop ups - can never pop them back down again!

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Message posted by Caligula22/5/2021 at 10:11am
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Rules??? Surely not.............

What would you or she prefer...cotton or plastic? How much room or how much to spend? If modern and plastic, Decathlon have much to offer at good prices, as do Vango.
Alternatively, and cotton, army surplus can do very well, in particular the Polish Lavvu, or the French Army F pup tent (in cotton, can't recommend plastic version). (see Military Mart and reviews on Campsite UK)

OR (not for back packing) the Dutch Army 1 man Surplus tent, an amazingly robust (as is the lavvu) piece of equipment. And cheap.


Message posted by dk16822/5/2021 at 11:29am
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I do not believe there is any "rules" with regard to the size of a pup/utility/toilet tent as long as it fits within the boundaries of a given pitch along with the main tent.

Pup tent is usually a small tent with 2 may be 3 berths for older children.

I would not recommend spending too much money on one, in case she decides camping with her folks, even in a separate pup tent, is no longer a cool thing to do.

However, on the other hand, it may be worth getting a good tent so that she can continue with her adventures when she gets older.

Have a look at the advice on tents on DofE's website for some inspiration and guidance:
DofE Advice on Tents

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Message posted by RachlN7622/5/2021 at 1:07pm
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Thank you - I imagine she will be more concerned about what colour it is than anything practical!

DofE thing a really good idea - she was supposed to be doing that this year, but obviously Covid got in the way. Shame really, because it would have been absolutely hilarious to see her and her mates trekking and putting up a tent!

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Message posted by Rob and Tina via mobile 22/5/2021 at 2:52pm
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My idea of a pup tent is just a small tent to sleep in and go back to when you want to spend time away from the oldies (in the sleeping area), not something with living and cooking space as well which is what you have put a link to.

Tina


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