What says camping more than a tent? It’s the gateway to camping for most campers—including those who may have graduated onto an RV. But for many, tents will always be the ideal type of camping because they connect you much more to the outdoors and offer a much more rustic experience. Of course, tents have come a long way and are no longer just a series of canvas, sticks, and stakes. Modern tents are made of sturdy, breathable material that’s lightweight and easy to pack, with poles that are reinforced fiberglass that collapse easily and stay connected thanks to hearty elastic. Windscreens and rain flies have also changed the camping experience, helping campers stay dryer in less-than-perfect conditions. And with such variety, it’s easy to find a tent that works, whether you’re a solo backpacker or a large family heading into a state park. Even if you’re heading into the backcountry with a vehicle, rooftop tents are a unique option that provides a little extra sturdiness and comfort. Even if you’re not a camper, canopies are a mainstay on most campsites. They provide refuge from the sun and the rain and other elements—and screened-in versions protect against mosquitoes and other pests as well, letting you picnic in peace.