Pod Tent Camping Allows You to Go Solo or Make It a Family Affair

By: | September 8th, 2015

Thinking about a camping trip to view the spectacular autumn colors? With a modular Pod Tent system you can go it alone or, if you prefer, connect your Pod to other Pods for a communal experience.

Reminiscent of Tinker Toys, the system consists of individual domed Pods and connector tunnels that can be configured in any number of ways. To provide even more options, the tents also come in both mini and maxi sizes, which sleep four or eight respectively. A separator can be added to divide the Pod for a more private sleeping space inside.

The Pods are the product of UK company M2C Innovation. It originally launched in 2013 and has experienced a slow start. The company is currently working on a promotional campaign and hopes to gain greater consumer interest in the U.S., as well as find a niche in other global markets. In fact, they are set to launch the Pod Elite version in 2016.

These Pod Tents are most appropriate for the serious camper, rather than the weekend explorer, due to the hefty price tag. The mini and maxi run upwards of $500 for the basic dome and the connector tunnels come in at just around $150, so creating a “village” of Pods would be a pricey endeavor. But a typical setup might be a maxi tent in the center with two or three connected minis as bedrooms.

The idea does have its advantages over disconnected individual tents or gigantic family structures that require an engineer for erection. The company boasts that a Pod can be constructed by two people in less than a half hour.

It’s not hard to imagine the Pod’s usefulness for a clan that travels for sporting events, NASCAR races, and even family reunions. For the families connected, the adults can stay up and play cards in the central tent while the youngsters are put to bed in their own section. On a more commercial scale, they could be used for camps, allowing the counselor to sleep in the central area assuring campers are complying with “lights out” times. Or a workshop group or retreat gathering might make good use of the “connected but private” aspect, not to mention the convenience of a place to gather during inclement weather.

And the sections can be divided up between the campers for transporting, making the Pods even practical for more remote hiking. The Pods weigh in at under 45 pounds. Let the kids carry the tunnels.

All in all, this is a pretty clever idea if you spend a considerable amount of time camping and can afford the price.

So if a bit of nature is what feeds your soul but a comfortable sleeping arrangement is an important part of making you a happy camper, Pod Tents might be just the thing for you.

Carol Mosley is a social ecologist, freelance writer, human rights activist, mini-farmer, and educator.

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