Do you need a tent in your go-bag? It's a good question. But if there's a chance you'll be out for days, or even weeks with your family, transiting on foot from one place to another, it's easy to see how helpful a tent would be. But minimalist is the idea — even if you're a family of three and have to totally cram in. NEMO's Hornet is meant for two people, and uses only one pole for support. it is an incredibly light two pounds, and packed takes up 19 inches by 4.5 inches, and can be split among two packs. We don't promise comfort, just a bit of shelter.
Nemo Hornet Ultralight Backpacking Tent, 2P
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Bottom line: If you decide to go with a tent in your go-bag, you want something super light and minimalist. This two-man tent uses only one pole and weighs a mere 2 pounds. It packs down to 19 inches by 4.5 inches, and can be split among two packs. An option for your car, too.
Recommended for: Go-bags, vehicles.
You’ll also need: If you think you'll need a tent, you'll def want sleeping bags.
Be aware: Comes with a rain fly. You might also consider pre-spraying it with tent waterproof spray. It IS tight in there even with two full-sized adults. But if you're on the go in a real emergency situation, comfort is not the main concern.
The tent is REALLY easy to put up and take down. It uses only one pole, and the first time we did it was in the dark, in the field. (Note that it's always best to use gear BEFORE you need it in an emergency situation. Learn and use this baby on hiking trips!) There's great attention to details and lightweight materials. You can split the poles and tent/rain fly in two separate bags to split among backpacks and lessen the load. BUT, not roomy.