8 Best Changing Tents | March 2017
- full length dual zipper
- includes 2-year manufacturer's warranty
- it is difficult to fold down
- weighs less than 4 pounds
- has interior storage pockets
- the zipper is a bit flimsy
- comes with 3 ground secure flaps
- 3 screened ventilation windows
- lightweight and easy to transport
- self-draining floor
- large d door provides easy access
- sturdy steel pole construction
- a removable rainfly is included
- built-in towel rack & toiletries holder
- pre-attached instant frame design
Don't Even Mention The Unmentionables
You may be reading this from anywhere in the world (provided you don't live in a nation that restricts your internet access), but I'm writing this from America, and here in the U-S-of-A, we don't like people seeing us naked. We don't even like seeing other people naked, unless, of course, you account for the incredibly powerful, all-pervasive adult entertainment industry we have. Fortunately for us, we don't account for it, because–much like the human form itself–we prefer to act like it doesn't exist.
As the nation evolved with this particular mindset, its laws evolved right along with it, and their brutality in the face of even the most innocent and accidental nudity is staggering to anyone outside our borders. Just a few years ago, a young man in Springfield, VA faced charges of indecent exposure for being naked in his own kitchen at 5:30 in the morning, after a woman and her son illegally trespassed across his front yard and caught a glimpse of him through the window.
With local statutes like these and even more dangerous federal statutes on some campgrounds, beaches, and at some national parks, it just isn't worth the risk of being caught in the buff on US soil. I'm somebody who's plenty comfortable in his natural state, but I'm also not interested in ending up on any state's registry of offenders for changing into or out of a bathing suit in public.
The changing tents on our list provide you with a safe, easy-to-use way to keep yourself from being found indecent, or finding yourself in the headlines. Most of them share similarities in construction with simple pop-up hampers, allowing you to set them up and break them down in just seconds.
Other of the changing tents on our list are built more like traditional camping tents, with an assembly of poles for you to master before you can get inside and get into a new set or rags. In either case, the materials in use are usually a nylon polymer synthetic that will resists water and dust, so you can set up a changing tent on the desert plains as easily as in heavy rains.
From Head To Toe
In most cases, you'll set up one of these changing tents near a body of water. Getting into or out of a swimsuit presents its variety of potential complications. I recall being a kid and having one of my parents hold up a towel behind which I was meant to change. I never felt quite secure behind the thing.
All of the changing tents on our top eight list provide you with 360˚ of coverage, and some have protection from above. I don't think we have to worry too much about somebody flying a camera drone over your changing tent and seeing your business from above, but having the roof closed is a great thing if you're suddenly pulled from the water by a rainstorm and you don't want your clothes getting wet.
When deciding between changing tents with an open or closed top, you would do well to consider the height of the changers for whom the room is intended. If they have even a modicum of above-average height among them, an open top might be your best bet, just to ensure they have enough vertical room to maneuver comfortably.
A couple of the more expensive changing tents on our list have enough natural height to them to allow for complete vertical comfort, and they have top coverings, to boot. The one downside to these models is that they're universally a little more complicated to set up. If you want to get in and get out in an instant, you ought to look into the less expensive pop-up styles on our list. If comfort is key, however, and neither price nor difficulty is an object, than aim high, and change in luxury.
Vestiges of shelter constructed out of animal hide or plant material reach back at least 40,000 years to the ruins of an ancient tent that archeologists discovered in Russia. Of course, it's reasonable to believe that the design goes back even further through time, if for no other reason than that the tent is such a simple concept that even a few large leaves strung up around a few twigs would fit the bill.
We know from many, more credible sources than our speculation that Roman soldiers used tents in their military encampments. These weren't just pup tents for individual sleeping, either. The Romans had much larger tents intended for strategy meetings, as well as fraternization among soldiers.
Then, the Puritans came along and made America into the land of the physically prudent, a perspective on the human body that endures with incredible strength in the face of globalization. In the early parts of the 20th century, large changing tents populated the edges of recreational lakes and oceanfronts.
These tents have since been replaced by public changing facilities that are anything but sanitary. Heaven help you if you drop a single item of clothing on the floor of one of those places, and if you happen to set a bare foot down there, might as well amputate. Better to bring your own changing space with you.