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The Best Vegetarian Backpacking Meals



People cutting up an assortment of vegetables.

Backpacking takes a lot of energy but the usual suspects for backpacking meals are often palate-numbing, repetitive, and full of processed ingredients to make them portable. Most hikers and backpackers rely on beef jerky and hot dogs to make a good-to-go meal at a makeshift campsite or restore energy on a backpacking trail. Health-conscious backpackers or backpackers who have ethical concerns about meat consumption have likely been forced on more than one occasion to find workarounds to meat-filled high-protein backpacking meals and trail food.

Trail mix is a classic staple for the vegetarian or vegan backpacker, while backpacking dinners like the (in)famous “ramen bomb” have to be veggie-fied by leaving out the spam. That’s all good and well for a day hike or for backpackers who are only spending a few days out in the backcountry, but for a longer backpacking trip or a thru-hike, trail mix and meat dishes sans-meat aren’t going to keep a vegetarian or vegan backpacker satisfied.

Luckily, there are plenty of freeze-dried vegetarian and even vegan backpacking food products that are tasty, meat-free, and make good-to-go backpacking meals for hikers who are on the move but not looking to surrender their vegetarian or vegan integrity. Well-known backpacking food brands like Backpacker’s Pantry, Outdoor Herbivore, Harmony House, Alpineaire, Mountain House, and Clif have created a wide variety of freeze-dried and ready to eat vegan backpacking food options and vegetarian meals that have made sustenance on a thru-hike simple as pie for vegan a vegetarian backpackers. 


A bowl of veggies.

Chickpeas, lentils, and beans are great sources of protein and ideal for the vegan backpacker.

For backpackers unintimidated by a little DIY, meal prepping and preparation of more complicated backpacking food ingredients like quinoa, lentils, and black beans can cut downtime spent at cooking at the trailside and spice up food while adding some much-needed protein to vegetarian meals. Recipes that are more involved than good-to-go vegetarian meals but easy enough for any backpacker to make at home or on the trail include peanut butter granola bars, burritos, homemade hummus, chana masala, lentil soup, mushroom risotto, and Louisiana red beans. A dark chocolate smoothie can be a rewarding treat at the end of a long day hiking in the backcountry and replenish some of the nutrients spent in rigorous outdoor activity. 

Once upon a time, vegetarian meals on the hiking trail were rare and virtually all handmade; beef jerky and hot dogs were the ruling backpacking meals. Today, thankfully, we’re moving further and further away from that erstwhile meat (or “meat” in the case of most hot dogs) standard-bearers. Read on to learn all about the vegetarian meals available in freeze-dried and good-to-go form as well as some simple vegetarian and vegan recipes you can try out for yourself. There’s no reason backpacking food should be any less fulling or tasty than the vegan and vegetarian dishes we make off the trail. You’ll be happy to have the variety and sustenance of these vegetarian backpacking meals on your next thru-hike.


Freeze-dried vegetarian and vegan backpacking food

For ultralight backpackers or hikers on a thru-hike who want to stock up for the several days between grocery stores or resupply points, freeze-dried backpacking meals can be the simplest and most lightweight options for sustenance on the hiking trail. Generally speaking, all you need to do with freeze-dried backpacking food is add hot water and it’s ready to eat after about 15-20 minutes of rehydration time.

For ultralight backpackers, this can be a godsend because a super-lightweight alcohol stove or a campfire is al you’ll need to boil some water for your cooking needs. The market for vegan and vegetarian meals that come in freeze-dried form for backcountry hikers has been booming since freeze-dried food production was industrialized in the 1950s. Some of the foods freeze-dried backpacking food manufacturers have been able to craft are pretty impressive. 

The biggest freeze-dried backpacking food brands like Backpacker’s Pantry offer vegan backpacking food that cooks up in a flash and suits every meal of the day. Backpacking breakfasts like Huevos Rancheros egg scramblers to which hikers can add eggs if they so choose or alternatives like tofu are excellent options. for vegan and vegetarian backpacking food seekers.

Backpacking dinners such as Chana Masala, an Indian curry dish from the Punjab region that’s heavy on the chickpeas, is one of the tastiest vegan options you’ll find in the freeze-dried backpacking food market and gives hikers tons of protein and calories to revamp their trail-wearied bodies after a long day of hiking. For the vegan sweet tooth, Backpacker’s Pantry offers mango sticky rice, while vegetarians can enjoy dark chocolate cheesecake and astronaut ice cream. 

In addition to nearly good-to-go freeze-dried backpacking food, companies like Harmony House offer rucksack-ready seasonings as well, including gluten-free, vegan alternatives like their “Chickenish” and “Beefish” seasonings. Harmony House and some other brands also sell freeze-dried veggies for backpackers who want to cook for themselves without lugging around bulky full vegetables that will probably be crushed or spoil inside a rucksack.


Bread with toppings.

‘Bread-and-spread’ meals with peanut butter or hummus paired with fresh veggies make great backpacking food.


Homemade vegetarian and vegan backpacking food

Another option that can be accomplished with or without freeze-dried elements is cooking your own food in the backcountry. Simple recipes like bread-and-spread can be prepared before you hit the trail and offer something constructive to do at the campsite if you have some time to kill on a long thru-hike and tire of book reading easily. Hummus and lentil-based spreads are super easy to cook and are some of the backpacking foods that are naturally vegan and taste better that way.

Enterprising backpackers looking for vegan options without the plastic waste generated by standard market energy bars can easily whip up some no-cook alternatives with lentils, quinoa, or granola. It’s really easy to customize your no-cook vegan energy bars with blueberries, cranberries, or any other dried fruit you’d care to try. 

Backpackers looking for a vegan option to replace beef or turkey jerky should try kale jerky, which can be handmade very easily at home with the help of a food processor and brought along on a backcountry backpacking trip. Vegan pesto will delight and surprise backpackers who aren’t used to such an opulent Italian dish to show up with their more common trail food.

Pesto goes great with tortillas, which can be crisped up over a campfire to get an added crunch similar to tortilla chips. Essentially, with enough patience, almost anything you can find in freeze-dried form can be handmade on a thru-hike or any other backpacking trek if you do enough prep work before you head out. 


Vegan and vegetarian backpacking smoothies

Smoothies are a delightful way to refresh oneself and they’re some of the best backpacking breakfasts hikers could ask for. Backpackers can choose their own ingredients to suit their taste or nutritional requirements, and vegetarian backpackers can add milk powder or something similar while vegans can use nut butter or protein powder to make their smoothies. Cranberries, blueberries, veggies, and sweets like dark chocolate make great additions to smoothies. 

Smoothies whip up fast on the trail and help break up the monotony of one-pot skillet-style dishes, tasty as those may be. Most of the nutritional benefit of trail mixes and energy bars can be gotten from smoothies as well, which are just as portable and far more refreshing for backpackers exerting themselves along difficult thru-hikes. It’s also possible to make dehydrated or freeze-dried smoothie packs before you go out on a backpacking trip to make things even easier on the trail.

No-cook smoothies are super convenient for those quick pit-stops where a campfire isn’t feasible or else isn’t desirable for one reason or another, perhaps just the backpacker’s fatigue. They’re also ideal for the vegan backpacker who wants to skip milk-based beverages or powders with animal products such as gluten inside. Coconut milk easily replaces the animal kind and freeze-dried or dehydrated powders negate the need for either one. Water will work just as well out in the backcountry, provided you treat it correctly to make it potable if you find it in a natural water source.

DIY smoothie powder can be prepared at home with some simple ingredients, although to make them vegan can be a bit expensive if you have to go to a specialty grocery store to find them. If you are able to procure seeds like hemp and chia, maca powder, chlorella, matcha powder, cacao powder, and goji berries, then you’ll be able to make killer smoothies all along the hiking trail on your next thru-hike. 


A blackberry smoothie.

Smoothies and chia seed pudding make good-to-go backpacking breakfasts.


Homemade vegetarian and vegan backpacking food

Since we mostly prefer to promote the self-reliance that backcountry activities tend to reinforce in backpackers who take the hands-on, DIY route, we wanted to include some recipes for vegan and vegetarian backpacking meals that will keep you contented on your next backpacking trek. Read on to the bottom for a vegan alternative to the Ramen Bomb!


Backpacking breakfast burritos

This filling rise-and-shine backpacking breakfast burrito is so versatile that it’s almost difficult to write a formal recipe for it. Backpackers who aren’t going ultralight and can afford to lug around some olive oil and tortillas will have no trouble making these burritos. They’re likely to be the most feasible on the first night after a grocery store stop on a thru-hike or on a shorter backpacking trek that involves car camping or a more outfitted backcountry camping trip on which a cooler has been brought along. Backpackers can add just about anything they want to this recipe to make a skillet scrambler that’s either vegetarian or vegan and then wrap it up in a tortilla that is filling and portable enough to eat as you start out on the hiking trail in the morning. Here’s what you’ll need:


Recommended ingredients for backpacking breakfast burritos:


  • Bell peppers
  • Red onions
  • Tofu or black beans
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Seasonings of choice (turmeric, curry, cumin, coriander)
  • Lime (optional)
  • Hot sauce, if desired




1. Use part of the olive oil to heat the onions and peppers. Salt to taste. Cook until onions are translucent. 


2. Remove the olives and peppers on they’ve cooked. Heat the tofu or black beans with more olive oil. Add seasonings and lime. 


3. Place a spoonful of the black beans or tofu and cover with the onion and pepper mixture. Add hot sauce if desired and then wrap the tortilla into a burrito. That’s it! Try adding chickpea flour to the beans or tofu to make for a more filling and tasty burrito.


Spicy vegan backpacking chana masala

This is a super-easy, nutritious, and flavorful vegan backpacking recipe. The freeze-dried variety from Backpacker’s Pantry is pretty tasty too if this list of ingredients is too much to carry in your rucksack. Try to prep as much as you can so that you won’t have to do much at your campsite or pit stop before you can dig into this spicy vegan backpacker’s delight.


Ingredients for spicy vegan backpacking chana masala:


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 can tomatoes (or one large tomato you’ve crushed)
  • 1 teaspoon Chana Masala seasoning
  • Sugar and salt to taste




1. Heat the olive oil and then add the onions and garlic. Cook until the onions are translucent.


2. Add chana masala powder and heat for one or two minutes to activate the seasoning.


3. Add the tomato or canned tomatoes and add other seasonings. Stir well and bring the mixture to a boil, then cook with the lid on for 10 minutes. 


4. Drain the chickpeas and add them to the mixture. Simmer for a few minutes to allow the flavors to permeate the chickpeas. 


The best thing about this easy chana masala recipe is that you can dehydrate it and pack it away with some dehydrated rice or fresh couscous on the trail. If you have a dehydration sheet, place the mixture on a dehydrating tray and allow it to cool, then dehydrate the chana masala until it breaks into peanut brittle-like shards. Place a few of these shards into portion bags. When you’re out in the backcountry, add one portion to a cookpot with one cup of water and heat it for about 10 minutes and there you’ll have a delicious chana masala brought back to life. If you don’t want to bother with dehydrating rice, couscous is a tastier option that can be made with boiling water right on the trail. 


Mushroom risotto for vegan backpackers

Mushroom risotto is a great option for vegan backpackers because the starch that’s brought out of the rice offers a comforting creamy texture without containing any cream at all. Rather than an animal byproduct, this mushroom risotto uses white wine and it dehydrates really easily for a quick backpacking meal out in the backcountry. Here’s how it’s done:


Ingredients for a vegan backpacker’s mushroom risotto:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • ½ cup of white wine
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 2 cups veggie broth
  • Salt




1. Chop the onion and cook it in hot olive oil with a pinch of salt.


2. Add the rice after about 7 minutes. Cook the rice on low heat for a couple of minutes until the ends become translucent.


3. Add the wine and keep stirring the mixture until the wine has evaporated.


4. Add the broth and keep cooking. Add half a cup of water from time to time when all the liquid has evaporated from the pot. Never stop stirring the rice!


5. Keep cooking until the rice is tender, then remove it and set it aside to cool for dehydration.


Dehydrate the mushrooms and the risotto for about 6 hours at 135 degrees Fahrenheit. Any other veggies you want to add should also be dehydrated at this point. Make a portion of dehydrated shards inside a plastic bag or another container. Add cheese to make the mushroom risotto a vegetarian meal, leave it out to stay vegan. 

Out on the trail, all you have to do is soak a portion of the mushroom risotto in water and then bring it to a boil and then let it simmer until the mushroom risotto has been resuscitated. You can add more water if you need to to make the mushroom risotto tender again.


Three glass jars of granola and berries.

Hikers can prepare heartier backpacking meals with quinoa and veggies to save time out on the trail.


Vegan ramen bomb recipe

Like most of the vegetarian backpacking recipes we’ve mentioned in this guide, the ramen bomb can be turned into a delicious vegan option by simply leaving out any cheese or other animal products that vegetarians might choose to include. In our opinion, this vegan ramen bomb is better than the original and doesn’t make you feel like a lead balloon when you’re finished eating. It’s a super easy and ultralight option for backpackers who have just resupplied at a grocery store on a thru-hike or on a shorter backpacking excursion where food for the whole trip has been brought along. 

Pro tip: all the noodles may be vegan, but not all ramen noodle seasoning packets are vegan! Nissin, one of the largest ramen noodle sellers in North America, offers two flavors as vegan options: soy sauce and chili. Top Ramen’s oriental flavor is also vegan. Many smaller ramen brands have vegan options if you look hard enough. Here’s how to make a ramen bomb into a vegan option:


Ingredients for the vegan ramen bomb:


  • 1 package of ramen noodles (see above for vegan options)
  • 1 cup Vegetable bouillon
  • Fresh veggies (broccoli, mushrooms, etc.)
  • ¼ cup instant mashed potatoes




1. Boil about 2.5 cups of water. 


2. Add the ramen noodles, bouillon, and veggies.


3. Boil the mixture for about 5 minutes, then slowly add in the instant mashed potatoes until the broth becomes thick. 


There are tons of optional flavor additions for ramen bombs such as tofu, hot sauce, or any herb and spice you can think of. Many backpackers make ramen bombs in a freezer bag rather than in a pot and that’s certainly still possible with this vegan ramen bomb recipe. All the steps are the same except everything goes into a freezer bag. Make sure to let the ramen noodles cook all the way. You’ll probably have to mash the mixture around if you use the freezer bag method. Fresh veggies are great if you’re near a grocery store on your thru-hike, but otherwise can be subbed for more portable ingredients.

Final Verdict:

Backpacking food is becoming more varied all the time thanks to the creativity of backpacking enthusiasts. They say necessity is the mother of invention and no set of backpackers have faced a necessity to change their backcountry cooking skills like vegans and vegetarians. To forego the normal meat-laden recipes, vegan backpackers have had to get creative. Thankfully they’ve had the help of ethically-minded freeze-dried backpacking meal manufacturers like Backpacker’s Pantry, Outdoor Herbivore, Harmony House, Aplineaire, and Mountain House. 

If you have the right tools at home, including your own dehydration sheets to use in a standard oven, then you can forego the prefabbed freeze-dried backpacking meals and make your own from scratch. There are also many meals that can be made from scratch on a small portable camping stove or ultralight alcohol stove. Far from just mimicking standard backpacking fare like beef jerky with the healthier vegan kale jerky, many of these backpacking recipes are gastronomical successes in their own right.

From regional favorites like Louisiana red beans to international classics that’ll have you saying “ è delizioso!” like mushroom risotto, vegetarian and vegan backpackers will likely be the envy of their backpacking troupe with these zesty and nutritious recipes in their arsenal. 

Next time you’re on a backpacking trip in the backcountry and don’t want to tarnish your well-established vegetarian or vegan diet, or if you’re an omnivore that’s just tired of eating standard backpacking fare like hot dogs and beef jerky, turn to one of these vegan or vegetarian freeze-dried or homemade options to kick your backpacking food into high gear. With or without meat, you’ll be restored and contented by these all-star vegetarian backpacking meals. 


Bonus tip: Watch this video to see how the gluten-free, vegan Backpacker’s Pantry Louisiana Red Beans & Rice freeze-dried backpacking meal looks IRL!


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Spring Camping Must Haves: BougeRV’s CR Pro 30 and Portable Fridge Innovation



As the seasons change from cold to the warmth of spring, the great outdoors beckon us to adventure once again. The BougeRV CR Pro 30 is here for those eager to embrace the beauty and serenity of nature through camping. This portable refrigerator, with its cutting-edge features, ensures that your camping experience is not only enjoyable but also convenient and efficient.

The CR Pro 30 brings a generous storage box designed to perfectly accommodate a portable power station and accessories, ensuring your gadgets stay charged and ready for use. This thoughtful design eliminates the worry of misplaced cords and extends the usage time of the refrigerator, making it an indispensable tool for your camping adventures.

With four safety tie-down points, the refrigerator can be securely fastened to your car, ensuring stability and safety even on the bumpiest roads–providing you and your family with peace of mind, allowing you to focus on the journey and the beauty around you.

Energy efficiency is at the heart of the CR Pro 30, featuring Max and Eco usage modes that adapt to your needs while conserving power. The upgraded compressor technology allows for significant energy savings, making it an eco-friendly choice for the environmentally conscious camper. An added interior LED light enhances convenience, allowing for easy access to your refreshments even in the dead of night.

One of the standout features of the CR Pro 30 is its low noise level while operating. Designed to ensure quiet sleep after a long day of driving or exploring, this refrigerator operates at a mere 45dB. Combined with its shock-proof design, the CR Pro 30 can handle the challenges of off-road adventures without compromising on performance or comfort. The majestic nights will stay that way–majestic and serene, just as nature intended. 

BougeRV stands behind the quality and reliability of the CR Pro 30 with a robust 2-year warranty, offering hassle-free after-sales service. Their commitment to customer satisfaction ensures that any questions or concerns about the product are promptly addressed, providing a worry-free camping experience.

The package includes a removable partition (exclusive to the 30QT model), a DC power cord, a 50cm DC charging cord for the portable battery, an AC power cord, and a user manual. Everything you need to embark on your next outdoor adventure is thoughtfully provided, making the BougeRV CR Pro 30 a must-have for anyone looking to explore the wonders of camping with convenience, safety, and efficiency.

So, as you prepare for your spring camping trips, make the BougeRV CR Pro 30 your reliable partner on the adventure. And what’s best, it currently is available for only $319.99 now both on BougeRV’s website and Amazon.

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4 Different Types of Camping



There’s no better way to unwind and recharge than by spending some time in the great outdoors. From shimmering lakes and majestic mountains to energizing waterfalls and lush forests, nature is replete with spectacular scenery and a range of activities to suit every outdoor enthusiast.

Fall asleep under a blanket of stars, and gather around a glowing fireplace at night. Switch your alarm off and wake up with the sunrise and the melodious sound of birds chirping above you. Camping is one of the best ways to connect with nature and to also benefit your mental health and wellbeing. If you’re feeling the call of the wilderness, take inspiration from the four different types of camping listed below.

Tent Camping

A favorite for many families, this is the image that is typically associated with camping. Relatively simple to set up, all that’s needed is a sturdy tent, a snug sleeping bag, and somewhere to call home for the night. The options are limitless and include designated campsites, remote stretches of beach, or secluded spots in forests.  Gather your firewood and cook your own meals and enjoy some of the bare necessities of life.

Car Camping

The perfect style of camping for newbies, car camping offers somewhere relatively warm and sheltered to spend the night and enjoy the wonders of Mother Nature from the comfort of your own car.

With the added mobility offered, this is the ideal way to camp when going on a long road trip, allowing you to pitch up at a national park or designated campsite while also taking advantage of the amenities offered, such as toilets and showers. Before setting off on your camping adventure, it’s important to check your car insurance coverage is up-to-date and provides adequate protection for your journey.

RV/Van Camping

The inspiration for van life, RV/Van camping is a great way to enjoy the wonders of the natural world while enjoying the freedom and flexibility of the open road. With modern conveniences ranging from basic kitchenettes and refrigerators at one end to standing showers and heated floors at the other, this style of camping can offer a more luxurious experience compared to simpler ways of being in nature.

With shelter from adverse weather conditions and enough space to stock up on some home comforts, RV/Van camping is the ideal way to sample the camping experience for the first time as well as enjoy an extended trip in the great outdoors.


Survival Camping

On the more extreme end of the spectrum, lies survival camping. Unlike RV/Van camping, this is a return to basics, without a creature comfort in sight. For those wanting to hone their survival skills, this style of camping will see you dropped off at some remote location, tasked with the job of finding your way to a designated spot, or simply surviving until you are picked up.

Armed with only your wits and a few essentials such as a flashlight and first aid kit, you will have to fish, forage and fend for yourself in the wilderness and rely on yourself to survive.  While not for the faint-hearted, survival camping can certainly be a thrill for experienced campers and outdoor experts.

Use these ideas to choose a camping experience that’s right for you.

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The Best 10-Person Tents



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Love camping with a large group of friends or family members? Then you’re going to need a spacious shelter! 

To help you navigate the market, we’ve created the following comprehensive Best 10-Person Tent overview. In this review, we’ve highlighted the best-value options currently available on the market. 

Explore the top-rated 10-person tents below – discover the perfect fit for your upcoming camping trips! 

In a hurry? Here’s the test winner after 10 hours of research:

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10 Best 10-Person Tents – Overview

Here’s an overview of the best 10-person tents (keep scrolling for detailed breakdowns with pros and cons for each of your options):

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1. Outdoor Products 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent

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This tent is equipped with handy storage pockets that allow you to keep your personal belongings neatly organized. 

Extended Eave Technology

The 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent by Outdoor Products is well-ventilated thanks to dual ground vents and mesh windows that work together to create ample cross ventilation throughout the tent. 

This tent comes with a water-resistant, particle-cover rainfly, plus a tub floor to keep moisture out. This large cabin tent also features ‘Extended Eave Technology’. This means the automatically extended eaves keep the tent fly away from the tent’s body. Not only does this boost breathability, but it also allows you to keep the windows open in light rain. 

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  • Instant setup in just 2 minutes
  • Removable room divider included
  • Dual ground vents
  • Mesh windows for proper airflow
  • Water-resistant rainfly included
  • Extended Eave Technology
  • Carry bag included
  • Great value-for-money
  • Integrated storage pockets
  • Can fit 2 queen-size air beds


  • Heavy-weight 
  • Not the most portable
  • Not the highest quality standard
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2. UNP 10-Person Camping Tent 

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The UNP 10-person camping tent measures 18ft x 9ft x78in. In total, it provides a whopping 162 square feet of space and can fit up to 10 sleeping bags (or 3 queen air mattresses if comfort is your main priority). Furthermore, this is a four-season tent making it a suitable option for camping regardless of the conditions.

This extra-large tent is made from 100% polyester and weighs 23 pounds when fully packed into its carrying bag. It makes use of fiberglass poles and hooks for maximum sturdiness and only takes roughly five minutes to set up. 

The spacious interior of this tent features a mesh mosquito repellent roof that allows for stargazing while keeping mosquitoes and other annoying insects out. 

spacious Gear Loft comes built-in that is suitable for storing and air-drying clothes. This tent also features mesh pockets that are great for keeping personal belongings and other necessities organized. 

Including an electrical access port, this tent allows you to extend a cord from your devices to an outside power source. To ensure you stay in one place, this tent is secured via Patented Foot Sleeves that hold the included FRP poles securely in place even during the toughest weather conditions. Plus, these handy foot sleeves make setup a breeze. 

The UNP 10-person camping tent combines comfort and privacy thanks to an easily accessible doorway complete with two-way zippers.


  • Big enough for 3 Queen air mattresses
  • Mesh storage pockets
  • Patented Foot sleeves to keep poles from slipping
  • Perfect for all four seasons
  • Electrical access ports


  • Can only be separated into 2 rooms
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3. CORE 10 Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent 

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The CORE 10 Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent measures 14ft x 10ft, with a center height of 86″. It includes an expandable, zippered carry bag and packs down to 28.5″ x 10″ X 10″. Weighing in at 35.5 lbs, this tent is quite hefty compared to similar options on my list. 

This quality camping tent can comfortably accommodate up to 10 adult-sized sleeping bags or 2 queen-sized air mattresses. Note: due to its straight wall design, this is one queen-sized airbed less than the previous Ozark Trail XL Family Tent. 

This family tent features one large D-style door for easy access. Personally, I kind of wished each compartment had a separate entry-point for additional privacy. 

Advanced Venting System

The CORE 10 Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent’s advanced ventilation system makes use of adjustable vents to draw in cool air from the ground. Simultaneously, warm air is recycled outward via its large mesh ceiling

The CORE 10 Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent also includes a gear loft with a lantern hook, ample storage pockets, and an electrical cord access port. 

As far as design is concerned, this tent is made from premium materials, including durable 68D polyester tent fabric, a tough PE floor, and fiberglass tent poles. This tent also makes use of a removable water-resistant rainfly to ensure you stay dry. Furthermore, the seams of this tent are thermally heat-sealed to keep water and condensation out.


  • Vertical-walled silhouette
  • Ample 86″ center height
  • 14 x 10 feet – very spacious
  • Advanced Venting System
  • Room divider
  • Two entry doors
  • A lantern hook, gear loft, and storage pockets
  • An electrical cord access point
  • Thermally heat-sealed seams


  • Setup can take a bit longer 
  • Only 2-room tent, not 3-room
  • Quite heavy (35.5 lbs)
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4. Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Outdoor Tent 

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This 3-season tent comes equipped with Coleman’s patented WeatherTec System which is a proprietary series of interworking features designed to keep bad weather where it belongs – outside. 

If you’re looking for a spacious, budget-friendly family camping tent that’s able to easily withstand the elements, then the Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Outdoor Tent could be just what you’re looking for. 

The Coleman WeatherMaster Outdoor Tent measures 17ft x 9ft with a center height of 76″. Although it’s less roomy, height-wise, compared to the CORE 10 Person Straight Wall Cabin Tent, it still offers ample headroom for most campers. 

The Coleman WeatherMaster 10-Person Tent can comfortably accommodate up to 10 adult-sized sleeping bags or 3 queen size air beds. It features a hinged door at the front and a zippered door at the back for easy access. 

When it’s time to head home, the Coleman WeatherMaster Outdoor Tent packs down into its included carry bag – listed as 30.3″ x 10.2″ x 10.2″. This tent weighs approximately 31 pounds when packed away. 

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If you’re looking for a budget-friendly, family camping tent with plenty of weather-resistant features, then the Coleman WeatherMaster Outdoor Tent may be your best bet. 

Setting up this tent is extremely simple thanks to a color-coded pole system and continuous pole sleeve design. Other perks include large, angled windows that allow for panoramic views of the surrounding wilderness, and multiple storage pockets to keep your belongings neatly organized. 

Overall, the Coleman WeatherMaster Outdoor Tent offers plenty of value considering its affordable pricing. For this reason, it’s one of the best 10-person camping tents at the lower end of the price spectrum.


  • Quick setup with color-coded pole construction
  • Hinged door for easy access
  • Can fit 3 queen air beds
  • 2 entry points
  • Room dividers for privacy
  • WeatherTec system
  • Waterproof floor and zipper cuffs
  • Fully-taped seams on durable taffeta rainfly
  • Large angled windows for panoramic views


  • Less generous in headroom
  • Setup can be a bit tricky
  • WeatherTec system can still fail in heavy downpours
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5. HIKERGARDEN 10-person camping tent  

The HIKERGARDEN tent is waterproof, wind-proof, and provides all of the ventilation needed to comfortably house 10 people. Requiring only 10 minutes to set up, this tent measures 168 x 132 x 74 inches when fully erect. 

This tent can comfortably accommodate up to 10 sleeping bags. It’s very spacious and offers plenty of privacy thanks to a dividing curtain

The tent also features electrical access ports so you can run a cord from the inside of the tent to an exterior power source. Furthermore, there are mesh gear pockets so you can keep your small trinkets organized.

When properly set up, the HIKERGARDEN tent is comfortable, safe, and provides privacy and protection, even when camping in large groups.


  • Waterproof and wind-resistant
  • Mesh door and windows
  • Carrying bag for storage and transport
  • Presence of electrical access ports and mesh pockets


  • Might take a while to set up
  • Can only be divided into two
  • Rain fly only opens from outside
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6. Tahoe Gear Olympia 10-Person Family Camping Tent

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The Tahoe Gear Olympia 10-Person Family Camping Tent measures 18ft x 10.5ft in floor space (216″ x 126″) and has a center height of 84″ – this is ample headroom even for taller campers. 

This large tent is surprisingly lightweight, especially compared to other 10-person camping tents. The total packing weight of the Tahoe Gear Olympia is approximately 23 lbs

The roomy interior space of the Tahoe Gear Olympia can comfortably accommodate up to 10 adult sleeping bags or 2 queen air mattresses. A minor con is that this tent does not include a room divider, meaning privacy is a bit limited. 

Great ventilation options

What the Tahoe Gear Olympia 10-Person Family Camping Tent lacks in privacy, it more than makes up for in quality and construction. This tent features a durable, waterproof polyester rainfly with taped seams and a polyethylene binding floor with water-resistant properties. In addition, the Tahoe Gear Olympia is also well-ventilated, thanks to a mesh roof and ground vents that ensure proper airflow. 

This tall 10-person tent also includes an electrical cord access point, an awning over the front door, and a carry bag. It also comes with a 1-year product warranty, ensuring that if you encounter any manufacturing defects, you can get a refund or a replacement (subject to conditions).

Aside from the lack of a room divider, another minor con is that the Tahoe Gear Olympia 10-Person Family Camping Tent only has 1 door. This makes entering and exiting slightly less convenient, especially when nature calls in the middle of the night and you have to crawl over your camping buddies. That said, it’s not a major issue. Still, it’s something to keep in mind if you plan on packing the tent to full capacity with 10 campers…


  • Pin-and-ring-system setup
  • Mid-budget
  • Large floor space
  • Rainfly included
  • Mesh ceiling and ground vents for proper ventilation
  • Can fit 2 queen-sized air mattresses
  • Electrical cord access port
  • 84″ center height ideal for taller campers
  • Lightweight
  • Included carry bag


  • Only 1 entry door
  • No room dividers
  • Fiberglass frame may damage in strong winds
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7. Ozark Trail 10-Person Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent

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Another best-selling tent by Ozark Trail is the 10-Person Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent. Not only does this tent feature a super easy setup that can be completed in minutes, but it also comes with ‘Dark Rest’ technology that allows you to easily customize the interior illumination. The result: a better night’s sleep, and a tent that stays cooler, longer. 

The steel-framed Ozark Trail 10-Person Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent is very easy to pitch, with no assembly required. Its silhouette features poles that come pre-attached to the tent shell. According to the manufacturer, setup is possible in just 2 minutes, thanks to its instant, pre-assembled construction.

Dark Rest Technology

Though its roomy interior and easy assembly are great perks, the real attraction of this 10-person tent by Ozark Trail is its Dark Rest Technology. Dark Rest refers to this tent’s special technology that’s designed to block sunlight. The silhouette of the tent features multiple skylights with interior ceiling panels. These panels allow you to easily customize the amount of sunlight inside of the tent and allow you to block out the light completely when it’s time for bed. The ceiling panels on the skylights can also be fully rolled back, making this a great tent for stargazing. If you’re a sleeper that’s sensitive to light, or you simply want a tent that stays cooler, longer, this Dark Rest technology may be the answer to your prayers. 

Other pros of the Ozark Trail 10-Person Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent include integrated storage pockets and a hanging gear organizer that enables you to keep your camping gear neatly organized and off the ground. 

The Ozark Trail 10-Person Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent also comes with an electrical cord access port, tent stakes, and a carry bag. This tent is furthermore covered by a 6-month product warranty – always a plus. 

Although the Ozark Trail Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent isn’t the cheapest 10-person tent on the market, considering its fantastic design quality and unique Dark Rest technology, it’s no doubt worth the investment for campers that want the best night’s sleep possible…


  • Instant easy setup, no assembly required
  • Excellent quality standard
  • Steel frame more durable than fiberglass
  • Tent stays cooler, longer
  • Rainfly included
  • Dark Rest technology
  • Great for stargazing
  • Multiple mesh windows for great ventilation
  • Electrical cord access port
  • Removable room divider
  • Includes tent stakes
  • Included carry bag


  • Expensive
  • Not lightweight
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8. Columbia Mammoth Creek 10-Person Tent

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If you’re looking for a 10-person tent that maximizes interior space, then the Mammoth Creek model by Columbia may be just what you’re after. 

The Columbia Mammoth Creek 10 Person Tent measures 14ft x 10ft (168″ x 120″) and offers 78″ of center height. This spacious tent can fit up to 10 adult sleeping bags or 2 queen-size air mattresses. 

This 10-person tent features large pull-out windowthat can be kept fully open for maximum airflow on warm days. Further air circulation is encouraged via an adjustable ground vent and no-see-um mesh panels. During bad weather conditions, the waterproof polyester flooring and rainfly work together to keep you dry and sheltered. 

Omni-Shield coated fabric 

The Columbia Mammoth Creek 10 Person Tent comes with Omni-Shield coated fabric. This patented type of water-resistant fabric dries 3-5 times faster than regular, untreated polyester. Not only does it dry quicker, but it also gets less weighed down when wet – reducing the strain and pull on the tent’s frame in heavy rain. 

Although the product description on Amazon lists the shipping weight at an ultralight 4 pounds, this is an error. According to Amazon reviews, the total packing weight of this backpacking tent is approximately 22 lbs; this is still relatively lightweight for a tent this size. 

A minor con is that Columbia Mammoth Creek 10 Person Tent isn’t an instant setup tent, meaning you will have to spend more time on assembly than the other, easy setup models in this overview. 

Furthermore, some reviewers mentioned a lack of clear setup instructions. That said, once you’ve figured out which part goes where, the setup will be quicker the second time around.


  • Vertical wall silhouette
  • Maximum interior space
  • Omni-Shield waterproof fabric
  • No-see-um mesh 
  • Room divider for privacy
  • Large pull-out windows 
  • Adjustable ground vent for air circulation
  • Can fit 2 queen-size air beds


  • Not the quickest in setup
  • Some reviewers mention a lack of clear set-up instructions
  • A discrepancy in packing weight in the product listing
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9. NTK Arizona 10-person Camping Tent

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The NTK Arizona camping tent is made from heavy-duty polyester and is perfect for 3 seasons. This durable tent can comfortably house up to 10 sleeping bags (or 3 double air mattresses and one single). NTK once again provides a quality product designed to enhance any outdoor excursion. 

One of the best family tents out there, This NTK tent also features an ultra-slim polyester micro-mesh material that acts as a means of protection from mosquitoes and other bugs while ensuring the tent stays thoroughly ventilated. 

Featuring a Double layer 190T polyester laminated water column, heat-welded PU sealed seams, and UV protection, this tent provides you with ample protection against the elements and ensures you get the comfort that you deserve. Even its large D-style doors are covered with mosquito mesh so you get great views and ventilation, minus the insects.


  • Comes with a stuff bag for easy storage and transport
  • Offers protection against all elements
  • Mosquito mesh
  • High-quality floor


  • The material of the tent floor is quite prone to wear and tear
  • Not the most durable tent on the market
  • Only partial-coverage rainfly 
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10. Outbound Lightweight Pop up Family Camping Tent

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If your main priority is to find a 10-person tent that’s lightweight (12 lbs) and easy to carry, this model by Outbound is a fantastic match. Plus, not only is it lightweight, but it’s also super easy to set up – enabling you to pitch it within minutes. The trade-off is that the tent is not the most heavy-duty and durable, but for those that plan to carry their tent over longer distances, it’s worth the compromise. 

The Outbound Lightweight Pop up Family Camping Tent measures 14ft x 10ft (168″ x 120″). This is enough room to accommodate 10 regular-sized adult sleeping bags or 2 queen-size air beds. This tent provides campers with 76 inches of standing center height. The family camping tent by Outbound comes with an ultralight fiberglass frame system, which is part of the reason it only weighs 12 lbs in total packing weight. 

This roomy tent includes a partial-cover rain fly with a 600mm waterproof rating. Once again: this is not the most heavy-duty tent on the market, and a waterproof rating of 600mm won’t be enough to keep you fully dry in heavy rain. That being said, for fair weather conditions in the summertime, it should offer sufficient shelter to keep you comfy and secure. The rainfly includes leakproof seams, whilst the polyester tub floor offers adequate protection against wet undergrounds. 

Includes all the essentials

It’s not the most durable tent on the market, nor is it equipped for extreme weather conditions; however, when it comes to portability and lightweight appeal, the Outbound Lightweight Pop up Tent is one of the best family tents you’ll find. Plus, the price tag is equally lightweight compared to other tents on this overview making it a budget-friendly backpacker’s favorite! 


  • Very lightweight (12 lbs)
  • Affordable and great value-for-money
  • Easy and quick setup
  • Large D-shaped door with zippered windows
  • Mesh ceiling panels for proper airflow
  • Mesh storage pockets
  • ​Very portable and suited for backpacking
  • Includes tent stakes
  • ​Includes guy lines
  • Includes zippered carry bag
  • Rainfly included
  • Carry bag included


  • Fiberglass frame may shatter in heavy winds
  • Rainfly only has a 600mm waterproof rating
  • Not recommended for bad weather conditions
  • ​No room dividers
  • Only one entry-point
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Every product in this Best 10-Person Tent Overview has its own unique appeal. Which tent ranks the best really depends on the type of camper you are. For example, family campers that aren’t concerned about privacy may be satisfied with a single-door design, such as the Wenzel Big Basin. However, campers who travel with friends and value privacy as a key priority may wish to have easy access to their compartment, without having to disturb others. In this case, the 10-Person Ozark Trail Family Cabin Tent, which features three separate entry points, could be a better match.

These 10-person camping tents also vary in shape and size. If you prefer maximum headroom and maneuverability throughout the entire tent, then straight-walled options such as the CORE Straight Wall Cabin Tent, the Columbia Mammoth Creek Camping Tent, or the Outdoor Products 10-Person Instant Cabin Tent could be a perfect fit. Then again, perhaps your key priority is protection against the elements. In this case, the Coleman WeatherMaster with its special WeatherTec system could be the tent for you. Furthermore, if you want a tent that stays cooler, longer – consider the Ozark Trail 10-Person Dark Rest Instant Cabin Tent, which blocks out sunlight to help you get a better night’s sleep…

There’s no need to stress – I can promise you one thing: every 10-person tent on this overview is a great choice; you honestly can’t go wrong with any of them. No matter which style you choose, you have my word, they’ll all keep you comfortable, sheltered, and cozy! All you need to do is determine which style matches your needs best – the tent will take care of the rest.


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Best 10-Person Tents – Buying Guide

When shopping for the Best 10-Person Tent for your camping needs, there are several buying factors to take into consideration. By determining which factors are most important to you, you can easily create a checklist to find your perfect fit. These are the most important buying factors to consider when shopping for large family tents:

Size, layout, and silhouette

10-Person tents come in all shapes and sizes. Though they can all accommodate 10 regular-sized adult sleeping bags, some are roomier than others. For example, a 10-person tent with a 14ft x 10ft footprint will fit 10 sleeping bags, but only 2 queen-size air beds. Whilst a 10-person tent with a 20ft x 10ft footprint can easily fit 3 queen-sized air beds. This may sound pretty logical, but it’s worth repeating that just because a tent is listed as ’10-person’, doesn’t mean it can comfortably accommodate 10 campers and their gear. That is why we recommend you to always double-check the floor space of a tent, ensuring it has enough room for your camping requirements.

Additionally, the tent’s center height and shape are also factors to consider. Some tents have a 74″ center height, whilst others reach up to 84″. Those extra 10 inches can make a big difference to your comfort, especially for taller campers. When it comes to the shape/silhouette, vertical-walled tents offer more interior space than a dome tent – maximizing on headroom to move around.


If you want the option to enjoy some privacy from your friends and/or kids, choose a tent that includes a room divider. You may assume that all large 10-person tents come with some type of room divider, but this is not the case. Some tents only have one big main cabin that cannot be separated in the different rooms. Whilst other tents come with multiple room dividers, allowing you to instantly turn them into 2-room or 3-room tents. Creating your makeshift room divider is quite the hassle, so save yourself the effort, and simply choose a tent that includes room dividers instead if privacy is a priority.

Doors and windows

Another thing to consider is whether you want a tent with multiple doors, or if a single-door tent will do. For smaller, 4-person or 6-person tents a single entry point may be adequate, but when camping with a big group in one tent, the more doors, the easier is it to exit and enter the tent. If you don’t want to crawl over your camping buddies in the middle of the night, when nature calls, consider a tent with a front and back-entry point: as this will make your camping experience a whole lot smoother.

Also, take into consideration what type of windows you prefer. Some tents come with larger, pull-out mesh windows, whilst others feature zippered windows integrated into the doors. If you often go camping in the summertime and warm conditions, consider a tent with multiple mesh windows on all sides to enable proper ventilation and airflow. If you often find yourself in wet and rainy surroundings, ensure the tent comes with zippered and waterproof windows to prevent the interior from getting soggy. The type of windows and number of windows may not be your biggest priority, but it’s something to take into account when browsing for family camping tents.

Weather Resistance

Not every 10-person tent is fully able to keep sheltered and dry, even on bad weather days. Though every tent on this list offers some degree of weather protection, some are more capable of dealing with heavy rains and bad weather conditions than others. If you’re looking for a 3-season tent that holds up well in all types of weather, make sure it has enough weather-resistant design elements to battle the elements. For example:

Staying waterproof

Always choose a tent that comes with a rainfly. Secondly, check if the included rainfly is made of quality materials and what its waterproof rating is. The waterproof rating (also known as the hydrostatic rating) refers to how much water the fabric can handle before moisture starts seeping through. For example, a rainfly fabric with a waterproof rating of 500mm is only moderately water-resistant, whilst a rainfly with a 1500mm rating is far more capable of handling heavy rain. As a general rule of thumb: the higher the waterproof rating, the better.

Sealed, welded, and taped seams

A 10-person tent’s weather-resistance also depends on the type of seams. Even if the rainfly is 100% waterproof, the seams of the tent can still let water in and cause leakage. That is why we’d recommend picking a tent that comes with factory-sealed, taped, or welded seams. You can also waterproof/seal the seams of the tent yourself, but this can be quite the hassle. If you want to save yourself the annoyance of having to waterproof a tent at home, choose a silhouette that comes with factory-sealed, welded, and/or taped seams instead.


Picking the right type of materials will ensure you get the most enjoyment out of a tent. Which material is ‘the best’ depends on where, and when, you plan to use the tent. For example, for backpacking trips or family hiking adventures, a tent frame made of lightweight materials is ‘best’. Lightweight material options include fiberglass, aluminum, and plastic. That said, these ultralight materials compromise on durability and stability. Fiberglass may shatter under pressure, whilst aluminum may bend. Alternatives are heavy-duty materials such as stainless steel. The advantage is that steel is more durable, heavy-duty, and wear-resistant than fiberglass and aluminum. However, it also is heavier – and often more expensive – which are also cons to take into consideration…

For the tent’s shell, the most commonly used materials are nylon and polyester. Nylon and polyester are quite similar in standard and performance. That said, there are gradations in quality – which is why we’d advise picking first-class nylon or polyester shell. There are two ways to check a fabric’s quality standard. First, if a fabric is listed as ‘ripstop’, it means its more tear-resistance and less prone to punctures. Second, check the product’s reviews, because other campers are a great way to check if the tent’s materials are capable of keeping you dry and comfy. If you don’t want to bother checking hundreds of Amazon reviews, use our Best 10-Person Tent Overview, as our experts have already researched for you!

Ease of setup

One of the leading buying factors for campers is often the ease of setup. Whilst some 10-person tents only take minutes to assemble, other styles can quickly set you back an hour (or more). How easy setup will be, depends on the type of frame and construction. For a lightning-fast setup, an instant tent is a way to go. An instant tent comes with part of the frame (or the entire frame) pre-assembled, allowing for nearly instant setup. Whilst standard camping tents come with separate tentpoles, instant tents often feature pre-attached poles. This helps you save time (and frustration) when pitching the tent. You simply need to unfold and/or extend an instant tent’s frame and let the parts slide/click into place.

Though instant tents are great, there’s nothing wrong with standard dome tent and/or cabin tents that do require some type of assembly. Especially not if you plan to camp at the same spot multiple nights in a row, as you’ll only need to set up once. That said, it is indeed something to consider, as we know a hassle-free and quick setup is something many campers look for when buying a new tent…

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Samantha Bos

Samantha is an avid outdoor enthusiast who loves exploring the great unknown. She’s traveled all across the globe to sample nature’s delights. And her travels have taken her to all corners of the world: from hiking the famous Inca Trail in Peru to ice-hiking on glaciers in Alaska.

Besides hiking, Samantha likes to challenge herself with all kinds of outdoor activities. She doesn’t shy away from testing her limits. For example, navigating Grade 5 rapids whilst whitewater rafting in New Zealand, and avoiding close-encounters with bird-eating spiders and poisonous plants in the Australian rainforest. Currently based in Manhattan, New York, she’s traded in the real jungle for an urban jungle. But she tries to get out and explore nature in the surrounding Hudson Valley, Catskills, and Harriman State Park areas as often as she can.

She shares her knowledge of hiking, backpacking, and outdoor activities in handy ‘Best of’ overviews. Bundling the best-value, top-rated products that will no doubt make every reader a ‘happy camper’.

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