For summer camping, when you don’t have to worry much or at all about rain, a mosquito tent might be all that you need. A tent will keep you dry, after all, but one of the more important things that a tent also does is keep bugs out. If you are slightly worried about rain, incidentally, many people use a tarp of some sort in combination with a mosquito tent, which is a lightweight package that will both keep the bugs off and keep the rain away too, should it start showering a bit.
Mosquito TentWhat to consider when you want a mosquito tent.
- Structure – Some mosquito net tents work just like any other tent, with poles and plenty of room inside. But there are also much smaller mosquito tents that look more like a bivy sack, or and even some mosquito tents that work with a tarp set up where you use a trekking pole or something similar for support.
- Weight – One of the big advantages of using a mosquito net tent instead of a full tent is that you save quite a bit of weight. But even amongst mosquito tents, there is quite a bit of difference in the various weights, and unless you want to end up carrying a big, heavy mosquito tent, it helps to pay attention to weight.
Best mosquito tentSome of the very best mosquito tents to keep the bugs at bay.
- Black Diamond Mega Bug - The Mega Bug is a perfect getaway for 2 people looking to escape from the bugs. It's a simple mesh exterior with a waterproof floor that also doubles as an interior tent when combined with a tarp, which Black Diamond also sells. The whole thing is supported by a single aluminum pole in the center, which is made more stable with the guyouts along the edge of the tent. The whole thing weighs 1 pound 13 ounces, or 822 grams.
- Marmot Mesh Bivy - If you'd prefer a mosquito tent for just yourself, then a bivy style tent is ideal. The mesh is supported above your head by a single looped pole, so that bugs are kept at bay. Of course something like this is ideal for combining with a tarp tent, so that you are protected from the bugs and the rain too. The whole thing weighs 1 pound 3 ounces, or 538 grams. So just enough of a shelter to get you away from the bugs while you get some sleep, without adding much weight to your overall load.
- Sea to Summit Mosquito Pyramid Insect Shield - The Pyramid is similar to the Mega Bug above, but rather than a pole to support the mesh around you there is just a convenient hanging spot, so that you hang the entire mesh structure from something overhead. If there's a tree around that will work, but if you don't mind getting a little creative you could also use a trekking pole, or even a tarp tent. Whatever system works best for you. This is a single person size, but there's also a two person size. This smaller one weighs 9 ounces, or 255 grams, making it by far the lightest option on this list.