Instead of struggling with a big tent, you can make your cargo a lot easier with the help of a baby cot. Not only is it lighter, but the crib also provides floor support and makes it easy for you to sleep anywhere. The bottom of the bed above the tent is of course the exposure of the elements.
If you are a long trip with a bacpack that may contain to you bad weather or or lots of insects, consider an army surplus tent or tarp with mosquito nets that you can put over your bed.
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Many tent styles are available, although they can be divided into two main categories: portable tents and wall tents. Wall tents are ideal for long stays in the forest. I lived in a canvas tent in Yosemite for four months, filled with bunk beds, wood-burning stoves, and windows, and it felt so good.
You can also add extra features to the canvas tent if you want. Some campers like to add small patios, side rails, and shelves for clothes. If you're looking for a Walden-like experience, a wall tent is a great choice.
For a more mobile camper, the standard A-frame is a better choice. Extremely cheap in surplus stores, these sturdy tents are easy to put on and off, and are usually made with interchangeable parts. I've hosted nearly a hundred campers and I have to say that the A-frame tent is faster than an automatic watch.