There is a lot of great camping gear out there but this is some help on things we've personally used. Core 9 person tent: While this is a very large tent, we've found it was really nice for us. We prefer to have a area to change & sleep within the tent. Why this is important to us is we camp in a lot of very sandy places and the sand gets everywhere as you change. So not changing on top of where you are sleeping is a very nice convenience! When the girls were babies we also liked room to put up their pack'n'play for much better sleep for them. Pro's: *Well priced *Easy to put up *Kept us dry on rainy evenings *Bright & stylish *Very easy to clean Con's: *Large- not a great back-packing tent, need a pretty big area to set up. Tepee Tent (from Wenzel): We had such a great time in this 5 person tent. You'll get so many compliments on it's interesting style. We loved taking this out a few times camping with the girls and they felt like it was their on little 'fort'. Pro's: *Well priced *Extremely easy to put up *So Stylish & fun Con's: *While this isn't a issue many, for us having the pole in the middle wasn't great. Our girls like to sleep close to us so kinda divided us. *No rain cover available to go with it. Swift 2 pink pop up tent: This would be a GREAT back packing tent. Folds up very small and pops up like the easiest thing ever. So cool lookin' and handles well in rain! Pro's: *Easiest tent ever to put up * Extremely well priced *Stylish *Plenty of room for two people Con's: *Putting it down takes a youtube video to figure out! LightSpeed Sun Shelter: Oh this tent is my favorite! HIGHLY recommend. It is perfect if you like to spend a lot of time by the beach. A great place to get out of the sun and still enjoy the relaxing ways of the beach. Pro's: *Extremely easy to put down and up! *So helpful in the harsh sun *So stylish *Reasonably Priced Con's: None!